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Bagpipe as an Extension of your Self - Lesson 2-1: The G Gracenote Scale in Quarter Notes

Bagpipe as an Extension of your Self - Lesson 2-1: The G Gracenote Scale in Quarter Notes

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This lesson adds G Gracenotes to the bagpipe scale. The G Gracenotes mark out the beats.

For Correct Gracenote Technique, see the Video for this lesson.

 

 

Objectives:

  • Play each note accurately
    • A crisp, clean transition to each note.
    • Correct gracenote technique. (See Video for this Lesson)
    • No crossing noises (see the      ’s). (See Note 1 from Lesson 1-2)
    • Make sure to play thumb (        )gracenotes where appropriate. (See Note 1 from this lesson)
  • Play rhythms accurately.
    • Tap your foot at the beginning of each beat. (See Note 1 from Lesson 1-3)
    • Fuse your G Gracenotes to the tap of your foot.
  • Keep your fingers properly positioned on the chanter. (See Lesson 1-1.2)
  • Don’t worry about how fast the tempo is; worry about the steadiness of the tempo.

Notes

Note 1: Thumb Gracenotes

You’ll notice two gracenotes above that are actually written on the High-A line of the scale. They are marked with a        . These are thumb gracenotes, which replace the G gracenote when it is no longer possible to play.

For example, as we see above, when you go to High G from F, it is not possible to play the G gracenote, thus the High A finger will perform a gracenote instead.

Similarly, on the way back down the scale, it is impossible to play the G gracenote coming from High G to F, so the thumb gracenote takes its place.

Also, notice that no gracenote is possible going to or coming from the High A – so, you guessed it, we are forced to just leave all gracenotes out altogether!

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Andrew Douglas Andrew is a prolific practitioner of the bagpipe, having been active at the highest level of pipe bands, solo competition, teaching, and creative endeavors for the past 20 years. He's also the founder and creator of Dojo U and of PipersDojo.com

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