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Midi files (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)
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Five discussion points
1 Grip bar 1 and elsewhere - this is a short grip, fitting into a semiquaver. Make sure that both low Gs create the impression of the being the same length (although they are not) and that the D gracenote truly 'cuts' them.
2 Bar 1 E doubling - this is opened with a long high G gracenote, as it is on the third beat in the bar.
3 Bar 2/6 strike on B - this movement, which we could call a 'hiodo' from the canntairreachd, is treated like a doubling, a very heavy doubling, with the strike coming after the beat. Listen carefully.
4 Throw in bar 4, an interpretation not much used in these tunes.... The low G (before the beat) is a third of the preceding B, the D opens on the beat and the strike is a 32nd note. If you listen carefully to the midi files, it isn't as bad as the description.
5 Bar 5 - you may hear this first note as a low A in some versions, indeed this is how the writer plays it (low A dotted quaver). Be aware there are other versions...
Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)