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Tutor [Vintage] - Lesson 3-7: Melodies with All Supporting Gracenotes

Tutor [Vintage] - Lesson 3-7: Melodies with All Supporting Gracenotes

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This Lesson will incorporate all of the gracenotes we have learned so far, in the context of melodies that we have seen previously.

3-7.1: On Top of Old Smokey


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3-7.2: Up On the Roof Top with Old Saint Nick


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3-7.3: Jingle Bells


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3-7.4: O Come Emmanuel


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Objectives:

  • Play every note accurately.
    • A crisp, clean transition to each note.
    • Correct gracenote technique. (See Videos 2-1, 3-1, 3-5.1, 3-5.2)
    • VERY IMPORTANT: No crossing noises! (See Note 1 from Lesson 1-2)
    • 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)
      • Make sure any dotted notes are executed correctly. (See Note 1 from Lesson 1-4)
      • 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.
      • Lastly, make sure these melodies sound like the real thing!

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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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