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