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Patrx2's answer is spot on. Playing a recorder in tune and on pitch requires a certain amount of breath pressure. If you don't put enough air into a recorder it will be flat and soft; too much air and you'll be louder and sharp. The fingering for each note also contributes -- the more fingers down the softer the note will be and the less pressure you need. ...


It is less loud than a transverse flute. When played in the upper register, it will probably match your harmonica; it may be a touch more piercing, depending on the harmonica. In the lower register, which is what you will learn first, it is fairly soft. In general, the lower pitched a recorder is, the softer it gets: the alto is less piercing than a C ...

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