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Dojo Fundamentals Glossary

Gracenotes

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All instruments need a way to articulate the different notes that are played. Clarinetists and Flutists tongue their notes. Fiddle players bow their notes. Pipers? Well, we use gracenotes to articulate our notes. Gracenotes, in a nutshell, are a quick "flick" of a finger that produces a percussive sound. These little percussive sounds can divide notes, add texture to notes, and ultimately they help us construct the embellishments that we use to ornament tunes.

Bagpipe as an Extension of your Self - Lesson 2-0: Introduction to Gracenotes; the G Gracenote