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What Is a Doubling?

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The doubling may be the most common embellishment in bagpipe music, right after the single gracenote. It accompanies a melody note turning the sound from "ah" to "cha-dah". It adds a rhythmic accent and creates two syllables on a single melody note, hence the term doubling. "But there are three notes in this embellishment," I hear you say.