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Daily Dose: Perfecting the E Gracenote


Can you play a perfect E gracenote? Lets find out with today's exercise!

Getting Great Quality Gracenotes

Despite their slightly misleading name, gracenotes are not actually notes, but instead should be thought of as “infinitely small articulative events” that separate and/or articulate bagpipe melody notes.

When playing a gracenote, a piper should be concerned with two essential “parameters;” the size of the gracenote (infinitely small) and the “synchronization” of that gracenote to the current note-change. As long as these two parameters are in check, your gracenote will sound great. But, if either are out of place, your gracenotes will detract from the music rather than enhance it.

Gracenote Basics and Essentials

Two Essential Gracenote Parameters

The Great Gracenote Debate

More on the Great Gracenote Debate

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The purpose of the daily doses on Dojo U is for you to work on your playing, just a little bit every single day. It's tough to work on your playing without feedback, which is where our special Daily Dose Facebook Group comes in. Here, you can submit today's dose, and get feedback from our world-renown staff as well as your peers.

Submit 20 daily-dose-documentations to the Daily Dose Facebook Group (click here to access) in a calendar month, and be entered for our prize drawing! Click here for full contest rules and the fine print.

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Daily Doses Daily Doses are little mini "work-outs" for you to improve and reinforce your technique every single day. Take 10 minutes to view the lesson, spend a few minutes practicing, and then upload your results to our Daily Dose Facebook Page for Feedback from Dojo U instructors and peers!