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Doublings are one of the most common embellishments used. Each note has its own but the principle is basically the same for all - play a gracenote from one note to another note and then repeat (“double”) that note by cutting it with another gracenote.
The musical reason for playing a doubling is to make a particular note stand out.
A B doubling works by playing a High ‘G’ gracenote to 'B' and then doubling that 'B' by cutting it into two with a ‘D’ gracenote.
The “Order of Events” for a B Doubling is as follows:
1. Preceding note - ‘D’ in example 1.
When coming from High ‘G’ remember to use the Thumb Gracenote (example 2):
As it is impossible to play a High ‘G’ gracenote from High ’A’, one simply goes straight to 'B' and then doubles it in the usual manner (example 3):1. High ‘G’.
1. High ‘A’.
2. Put down 'B'.
3. Put down High ‘A’.
4. Double 'B' with a ‘D’ gracenote.
5. End on 'B'.
Example 1 - 'B' DOUBLING FROM ‘D’.
Example 2 - B DOUBLING FROM HIGH ‘G’.
Example 3 - B DOUBLING FROM HIGH ‘A’.
When you can play these exercises smoothy and with control you are ready to learn C doublings.
Doublings become easier as you get to know more of them.
Go back to General Principles of Doublings
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