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Turns

Turns are very simple embellishments. They exist to decorate a melody, with a secondary function to give the impression of slowing down time. Thus, they are very useful in slow tunes.

Turns exist in other types of music too. Turns were very popular in classical music.

A turn is when a note is embellished by replacing  the embellished note with four other notes, from above and below, finishing on the note marked to be embellished. This idea can be played on any note of the scale except on High A and Low G.

The symbol for a turn looks like this:

turn

An example of how it is played is here:

turn example





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