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Tutor [Vintage] - Lesson 4-1: Type A Embellishments - Doublings

Tutor [Vintage] - Lesson 4-1: Type A Embellishments - Doublings

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Doublings are the most common type of embellishment. As you can tell from the word itself, doublings produce two rapid sounds. To create these sounds, doublings each have two steps.

4-1.1: B Doublings


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Steps:

  1. Start on (come from) any note.
  2. Play G Gracenote to B.
  3. Play D Gracenote to B.

4-1.2: C Doublings


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Steps:

  1. Start on (come from) any note.
  2. Play G Gracenote to C.
  3. Play D Gracenote to C.

4-1.3: D Doublings


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Steps:

  1. Start on (come from) any note.
  2. Play G Gracenote to D.
  3. Play E Gracenote to D.

4-1.4: E Doublings


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Steps:

  1. Start on (come from) any note.
  2. Play G Gracenote to E.
  3. Play F Gracenote to E.

 

4-1.5: F Doublings


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Steps:

  1. Start on (come from) any note.
  2. Play G Gracenote to F.
  3. Play F Gracenote to F.

 

4-1.6: High G Doublings


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Steps:

  1. Start on (come from) any note.
  2. Play G Gracenote to F.
  3. Play High G.

 

4-1.7: High A Doublings


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Steps:

  1. Start on (come from) any note.
  2. Play High A.
  3. Play High G strike on High A.

 

For alternative High A Doubling Method, See Chapter 4 Appendix.

 

4-1.8: G Gracenote Double-Strike Movements


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Steps:

  1. Start on (come from) any note.
  2. Play G Gracenote to any note (if possible).
  3. Play Strike to the same note.

 

For more details on Double-Strike Movements, see Chapter 4 Appendix.

 

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)
      • Fuse your G Gracenotes to the tap of your foot.
      • Obey the Cardinal Rules of Embellishments
        • Rule 1: Play each step accurately
        • Rule 2: Play each step evenly (the same length).
        • 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.

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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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