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Doublings - General Principles

A 'doubling' is a way of accenting, or making more prominent, a note.

It works by firstly playing a gracenote to a note (a little accent) and then by repeating the note by 'cutting' it into two using another gracenote.

Long ago, doublings and all other embellishments were called 'cuttings'. Some gracenotes have the job of making a note stand out, whilst others have the job of cutting it. Understanding these two different tasks will greatly help in mastering doublings.

Exactly when the gracenotes should be opened and closed in relation to the beats is a question of interpretation and should be approached freshly in each case. However one can say that typically and most frequently, the first gracenote opens before the beat and closes the note to be doubled (or accented) on the beat, with the second gracenote making a small cut thereafter.

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