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Five discussion points
1 Bar 1 High G gracenotes - not all of the high G gracenotes are the same length in this interpretation. This is needed because of the doubling and in order to make the other notes have enough length to make adequate impact in the rest of the interpretation. The 'long' G gracenotes are 32nd notes whilst the 'short' ones are 64th notes. The gracenotes in all cases close on the beats. As ever, the best way to get on top of this is to listen to the midi files.
2 B doubling bar 1 - listen carefully to the rhythm of this to get the proportion between the B and D gracenote to the relation 3:1 (three 64ths against one 64th). This patern is repeated in the tachum later and in many doublings and tachums through the reels (and indeed the whole MAP) section.
3 Bar 2 G gracenote to E - this is a 32nd note, while the last G gracenote (from C to F) is a 64th note. This is to place emphsasis on the phrase ending here. The effect of highlighting the E is tomake it seem longer than it actually is.
4 Bar 5 throw - the C and low G are the same length as each other and the D opens on the beat. The strke is a quarter of the preceding D. Listen to the midi file. This is a throw of medium weight - neither heavy, nor light.
5 Bar 11 C doubling - there is not enough time available to make the high G gracenote as long as instinct would suggest. A soloist might give the high G gracenote a third of the preceding D (thus involving triplets and getting an extra layer of complexity in here, this can happen in the MSR section), but a band would be better advised to avoid introducing further layers of difficulty and opt for a quarter of the D going to the high G gracenote. As ever, rather than talking about it, please listen to the midi file.
Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)