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 E Doublings

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.

An E doubling works by playing a High ‘G’ gracenote to 'E' and then doubling that 'E' by cutting it into two with a ‘F’ gracenote.

The “Order of Events” for an E Doubling is as follows:
1.         Preceding note - ‘Low A’ in example 1.
2.         Open High ‘G’ gracenote.
3.         Change to ‘E’.
4.         Close High ‘G’ gracenote.
5.         Double ‘E’ by cutting it in half with an ‘F’ gracenote.
6.         End on ‘E’.
 
When coming from High ‘G’ remember to use the Thumb Gracenote (example 2):
1.         High ‘G’.
2.         Open thumb gracenote.
3.         Make 'E'
4.         Put down thumb.
5.         Double 'E' with an ‘F’ gracenote.
6.         End on 'E'.
 As it is impossible to play a High ‘G’ gracenote from High ’A’,  one simply goes straight to 'E' and then doubles it in the usual manner (example 3):  

                    1.         High ‘A’.

                    2.         Make 'E'.
                    3.         Put down High ‘A’.
                    4.         Double 'E' with an ‘F’ gracenote.
                    5.         End on 'E'.

Example 1 - 'E' DOUBLING FROM ‘Low A’.

XX XO XO XX XX XX
X X X X O X
X X O O O O
           
X X X X X X
X X X X X X
X X X X X X
O O O O O O
           
Low A Open Gracenote Change to E Close Gracenote
(sound E)
Double with F Gracenote End on E

A to E doubling

Example 2 - E DOUBLING FROM HIGH ‘G’.

XO OO OX XX XX XX
O O X X O X
O O O O O O
           
X X X X X X
X X X X X X
X X X X X X
O O O O O O
           
High G Open Thumb Gracenote Change to E Close Gracenote
(sound E)
Double with F Gracenote End on E

High  G to E doubling

Example 3 - B DOUBLING FROM HIGH ‘A’.

OO XX XX XX
O X O X
X O O O
       
X X X X
X X X X
X X X X
O O O O
       
High A E Double with F Gracenote End on E

High A to E doubling

Exercise 1

E doubling Exercise 1

Exercise 2

E doubling exercsise 2
Exercise 3

E doublig Exercise 3

When you can play these exercises smoothy and with control you are ready to learn F doublings.

Doublings become easier as you get to know more of them.

Go back to General Principles of Doublings

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