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Hi Beth,

What is the magic about grace notes? Do they come like, kind of involuntary act or does it have to be systematically learned? Is there any particular lesson, I mean step by step, to be practised to master playing the grace notes?

Thanks.
Best regards,

Bonny Mathew

bm
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Posted: August 29, 2011
Last Comment: August 30, 2011
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bm
Posted: August 30, 2011
Thanks Beth.

That piece is a line from a film tune. (Malayalam movie - our language :) )

http://youtu.be/vRC81BIY0RU


Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 30, 2011
Thanks for clarifying, Bonny. Those grace notes, because of the slash marks are definitely quick. The same manner of execution for trills applies here too as well. Practicing finger action exercises (trills, basically) will make those grace notes easier.

What piece is this melody from, anyway..?

bm
Posted: August 30, 2011
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Hi Beth,

Saying 'Grace notes' I was referring to "Acciaccatura" and "Appoggiatura"; the ones with a diagonal line through the stem and the ones without diagonal lines. An example is as shown here.

I saw the video about trills. In fact that was quite informative.

Bonny.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 29, 2011
Bonny, when I read your post, I was wondering if you are primarily referring to "trills". When you say vibrato-like notes, and that you saw them written out above the music, it makes me think you are specifically having issues with trills. I did do a video recently on trills. It should be easy to find...tagword>trills. I think the problem with the trilled notes sometimes pulling your hand position out of tune, is probably because you are in fact, doing a vibrato like motion to execute the trill. When this happens, the lower finger becomes unstable, and then the fingers can move. A good trill is executed with finger action only (you'll see that on the video). That way you'll have much better control with finger placement.  Is this answering your question?

Patricia
Posted: August 29, 2011

He, he. What a relieve! Thanks Jojo.

I love my fingers and I don’t want to lose them.

Tricia


jojo
Posted: August 29, 2011
Tricia, the 'chopin' example in wikipedia is not intermediate but rather 'advanced' if that's what you are 'scared' of LOL



Patricia
Posted: August 29, 2011

WOW!! the example in Wikipedia impressed me. (correction: frightened me).

I was expecting that when I reach the Intermediate Level, I will be dealing with a group of 3 to 6 notes at the most, like in the “Mordent” or in “The Turn”.

Tricia


tomi
Posted: August 29, 2011
Check this out. Musical ornaments. In wikipedia.


bm
Posted: August 29, 2011
Thanks Tricia,

Yes, grace notes sometimes come naturally. But the real problem is, the quick vibrato-like notes sometimes jump to a wrong scale/ or tone. During my studies I mentioned years back, there were notes written along with notations, and still remember, found it difficult to copy them as it is while playing.!!! 

Now awaiting Beth's comments..

Cheers

Bonny.

Patricia
Posted: August 29, 2011

Hi Bonny!

The “grace notes” are ornamentation notes that are added to the main melody to decorate or embellish the melody, they may be either written in by the composer or improvised by the performer. Sometime is used, for tastefully reason, in a repetition of a part previously played.

I consider myself a systematic learning person, and every time I want to learn an specific new subject, I concentrate in collecting as much information as possible; but with “grace notes”, I did not experienced any problem, it just came satisfactorily good from the very first time. For this reason, I’m almost sure that you will not confront any, particularly because you do have previous musical education as you mentioned on August 28, 2011 getting back after 21 years.

I’m also looking forward for Beth’s comment.

My best

Tricia