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 High A 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.

Like High ‘G’ Doublings,  this is slightly different from the other Doublings.  From any note,  make High ‘A’ and double it with a strike.  From High ‘A’,  this is just a strike.  There are no tricks or secrets to this one!

 Order of Events:
1.         Note - ‘F’ in the example.
2.         Change to High ‘A’ (lift thumb first).
3.         Double High ‘A’ with a strike (see above).
4.         End on High ‘A’.

Make High A 
Double by striking thumb across the hole in a downward actionEnd on High A

F to High A doubling

Exercise 1

High A doubling Exercise 1

Exercise 2

High Adoubling exercise 2
Exercise 3

High A doubling Exercise 3

When you can play these exercises smoothy and with control you are ready to revise all doublings with the exercises on the general principles of doublings page.

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

Move on  to Grips, Taorluaths and Birls.

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