D gracenotes are the most common of the supporting gracenotes. The reason for this is that D gracenotes are easy to play (they use the right-hand index finger), and produce a mellow, soft sound that contrasts effectively with the G gracenote.
3-1: D Gracenote Basics
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- Play every note accurately.
- A crisp, clean transition to each note.
- Correct gracenote technique. (See Video from Lesson 2-1 and This Lesson)
- Play rhythms accurately.
- Tap your foot at the beginning of each beat. (See Note 1 from Lesson 1-3)
- Properly subdivide each beat. (See Note 2 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.