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Low A 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 Low ‘A’ doubling works by playing a High ‘G’ gracenote to Low ‘A’ and then doubling that Low ‘A’ by cutting it into two with a ‘D’ gracenote.
The “Order of Events” for a Low ‘A’ Doubling is as follows:
1. Preceding note - ‘F’ in example 1.
When coming from High ‘G’ remember to use the Thumb Gracenote (example 2):
As it is impossible to play a High ‘G’ gracenote from High ’A’, one simply goes straight to Low ‘A’ and then doubles it in the usual manner (example 3):1. High ‘G’.
1. High ‘A’.
2. Put down High ‘A’.
3. Double Low ‘A’’ with a ‘D’ gracenote.
4. End on Low ‘A’.
Example 1 - LOW ‘A’ DOUBLING FROM ‘F’.
Example 2 - LOW ‘A’ DOUBLING FROM HIGH ‘G’.
Example 3 - LOW ‘A’ DOUBLING FROM HIGH ‘A’.
When you can play these exercises smoothy and with control you are ready to learn B doublings.
Doublings become easier as you get to know more of them.
Go back to General Principles of Doublings
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