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High G Doublings
Doublings are one of the most common embellishments used. Each note has its own but the principle is basically the same for all - play a gracenote from one note to another note and then repeat (“double”) that note by cutting it with another gracenote.
The musical reason for playing a doubling is to make a particular note stand out.
A High G doubling works by going straight to High ‘G’ and then doubling that 'G' by cutting it into two with a strike.
The “Order of Events” for an High G Doubling is as follows:
1. Preceding note - ‘E’ in example 1.
On High G, this is merely a strike, the doubling as such does not exist.
From High A this cannot be played either, but there is somethign which serves the function - an F gracenote bouncing up to High G. To play this, you simply go from High A to F and High G, moving from the F as soon as yu can feel you have played the note.
1. High ‘A’. in example 2.
Example 1 - 'HIGH G' DOUBLING FROM ‘E’.
Example 2 - HIGH G DOUBLING FROM HIGH ‘A’.
When you can play these exercises smoothy and with control you are ready to learn High A doublings.
Doublings become easier as you get to know more of them.
Go back to General Principles of Doublings
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