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Five discussion points
1 Bar 1 accents - the high G gracenotes go from huge to small, one after the other.The appropriate heavy accent on the third beat is caused by the rhythm of the D. Listen carefully to the midi file to make this happen. The rhythmical values of the G gracenotes go from a 16th to a 64th to a 128th and back to a 64th.
2 Bar 2 throw - the low G is the same length as both the D and the C that follow. Furthermore, the low G takes half the value of the preceding F. This make for a kind of a medium heavy throw, a strategy useful in strathspeys.
3 High A doubling bar 3 - the strike is a quarter of the length of the High A This gives a lightness to the doubling essential to mark out the heavy weak medium weak beat pattern of strathspeys.
4 High G doubling bar 4 - as with the High A doubling mentioned above. Use the same rhythmical pattern
5 Bar 4 thumb gracenote to C doubling - this gracenote takes up a third of the 16th note in order to emphasise the third beat in the bar. However, this bigger, longer gracenote is repeated for the next beat as well in order to provide a 'pick up' into the repeat.
Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)