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Midi files (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)
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Five discussion points
1 Bar 1 tachum - the C is three times the length of the D gracenote, as has been chosen in the majority of cases in the rest of the MAP tunes (the writer himself usually does something different)
2 Bar 1 strike - this is a heavy strike, taking up a full 32nd note and opening on the beat. Listen carefully to the midi files to get a feel for this.
3 Bar 4 high G gracenote in the repeat this is very short - whereas at the very beginning the initial G gracenote was big.
4 Bar 5 High A doubling is in the form of a 'light' doubling, where the strike is shorter than the initial high A. This is not the case in all the MAP tunes.
5 Bar 11 strike on E is as in bar 1, heavy.