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    Question - Mutes on Strings

    How long does it take to take the mute off a string instrument? If they are on at the begining of the movement, can they be removed in a rest that lasts about two seconds?

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    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: Question - Mutes on Strings

    Yes ... but 2 seconds is about the limit -- and it will be visibly rushed in that short amount of time. More time is better if possible -- Piston says "at least a couple of measures in moderate tempo. The more time the better, to avoid confusion and disturbance."

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    Re: Question - Mutes on Strings

    Thanks.

    I'll have to listen to see if it's worth it - 3 beats at 70 bpm (about 2.5 seconds) might be close. Not that I expect real players to play this any time soon.
    Trent P. McDonald

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