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Tutor [Vintage] - Lesson 4-2: Introducing the E Gracenote, and the “Power Trio”

Tutor [Vintage] - Lesson 4-2: Introducing the E Gracenote, and the “Power Trio”

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In this short lesson, we get a glimpse of the E gracenote, and how it is commonly used after a doubling. Specifically, it will be used after any doubling that uses G and D gracenotes. In later chapters, we will explore this common G-D-E gracenote combination in more depth, but this lesson is all we’ll need to get our feet wet. You’ll see quite a few of these in the full tunes that we will learn at the end of this chapter.

4-2: The Power Trio


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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)
      • 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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