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Five discussion points
1 Bar 1 E and D gracenotes - these are not the same length as each other - the E gracnote is a longer gracenote (using triplets) and the D is shorter Listen to the midi files.
2 Low G gracenote to low A, bar 4 - opens before the beat and lasts a thirty second note, time taken from the B, opening onto low A on the beat.
3 The doublings all share the same rhythmical pattern after the beat, as in other tunes.
4 Bar 2 , FECg' - this little phrase is a bit tricky in rhythmical terms. The gracenote is a longer gracenote on account of closing on the third beat of the bar. This looks ungainly on the page, but if divide the beat into four equal parts and then the last quarter in to a triplet, with the G gracenote opening on the '-let' of this (i.e. the last third) all will be fine. And if the explanation is clumsy, listen to the midi file.
5 Strike bar 6 - all the G gracenotes areound here are bigger (triplets) giving extra weight to this phrase. The strike is the same length as these gracenotes, therefore quite heavy. This approach makes it easier to learn to play this together.
Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)