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Grips
(Leamluath)

A Grip is an embellishment which essentially rests between two notes, either cutting or linking together, somewhat like a gracenote.  It is very simple and always the same, except when coming from D.

Simply, a grip is a low G which has been cut into two apparently equals parts by a D gracenote.  When preceded by D, the Low ‘G’ is cut by the B finger (up and down once).  Both Low ‘G’s should be perceived as sounding the same length.

Order of Events:

1.         Note - ‘B’ in example 1.
2.         Make low ‘G’ (putting down your little finger first).
3.         Cut Low ‘G’ into two equal parts with a ‘D’ gracenote.
4.         Make sure to sound and FEEL the second Low G before moving on!
5.         Lift next note - ‘E’ in example 1.
 From ‘D’ (example 2):
1.         ‘D’.
2.         Make low ‘G’.
3.         Cut Low ‘G’ with ‘B’ gracenote.
4.         Make sure to sound and FEEL the second Low G before moving on!
5.         Lift next note - ‘F’ in example 2.

Example 1 - GRIP FROM ‘B’ TO ‘E’.

XX XX XX XX XX
X X X X X
X X X X O
         
X X O X X
X X X X X
O X X X X
O X X X O
         
B Make Low G Cut Low G with D finger FEEL Second Low G Make next note (E)

grip example 1

Example 2 - GRIP FROM ‘D’ TO ‘F’.

XX XX XX XX XX
X X X X O
X X X X O
         
O X X X X
O X X X X
O X O X X
X X X X O
         
D Make Low G Cut Low G with B finger FEEL Second Low G Make next note (F)

grip example  2

 
Exercise 1

grip exercise 1

Exercise 2

grip exercise 2

Exercise 3

grip exercise 3

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

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