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HIGH ‘G’ GRACENOTES
A high ‘G’ gracenote is a very short chirpy movement and is the most fundamental of all exercises.  It is made by moving your high ‘G’ finger up and down very quickly.  Gracenotes have two functions - to cut a note into smaller pieces and to emphasise a change from one note to another.  The correct order of events for doing this is as follows:
1.        Starting note - Low ‘G’ in example 1.
2.        Lift ‘G’ finger (open gracenote).
3.       Change note - go to Low ‘A’ in example 1 (remember changing notes sometimes requires several extra actions).
4.         Put down ‘G’ finger ( close gracenote).
There is one exception.  When going to or coming from High ‘G’,  use your thumb instead of the G finger.  This is then called a “Thumb Gracenote” or “Back Gracenote” or “High ‘A’ Gracenote”.

Example 2.
1.         ‘C’ (starting note).
2.         Lift thumb (open gracenote).
3.         Make High ‘G’ (don’t forget to put down your ‘C’)
4.         Put down thumb (close gracenote).
Example 1 - HIGH ‘G’ GRACENOTE FROM LOW ‘G’ TO LOW ‘A’’.
XX XO XO XX
X X X X
X X X X
       
X X X X
X X X X
X X X X
X X O O
       
Low G Open Gracenote Change to Low A Close gracenote
  Example 1.

high g gracenote example

 

Example 1 Video - slowly

Example 1 Video - quickly

Example 2 - HIGH ‘A’ GRACENOTE FROM ‘C’ TO HIGH ‘G’.  
XX OX OO OO XO
X X O O O
X X O O O
         
X X X X X
O O O X X
O O O X X
X X X O O
         
C Open High A gracenote Change to High G Complete Close gracenote

Example 2.

 
high g gracenote 2

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Example 1 Video - normal speed

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Rudiments Index

Hand Position and the Scale
Crossing sounds
G Gracenotes
D Gracenotes
E Gracenotes
G,D,E Gracenotes exercise
Strikes
Throws
Doublings - general principles
Low G Doublings
Low A Doublings
B Doublings
C Doublings
D Doublings
E Doublings
F Doublings
High G Doublings
High A Doublings
Grips
Taorluath
Birl
Tachum
Hara

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Bagpipes

Transition to Bagpipes
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Getting Better

Using Midi files
Intermediate exercises
Advanced

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