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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.
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.
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 'E' and then doubles it in the usual manner (example 3):1. High ‘G’.
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’.
Example 2 - E 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 F doublings.
Doublings become easier as you get to know more of them.
Go back to General Principles of Doublings
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