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Old 05-01-2020, 08:47 AM   #7
Joseph Diodato
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Default Re: An experiment in notation

As a novice piper who initially struggled with embellishment interpretation due to lack of properly reading my tutor book:

I prefer the traditional system. Some beginners may like the convenience of having the embellishments "literally" laid out in a way that's more consistent with their interpretation, but there's something to be said for a good instructor properly layering on this knowledge in a way that is most conducive to each pipers growth. I don't think it's at all unreasonable to expect that after some time a novice piper knows that when they see a doubling, grip, or taorluath that these embellishments are not just a series of 3-4 grace notes rammed together as quickly as possible.

That being said, I think it's a fine idea and some novice players may very well benefit from this style of introducing the embellishments. I hope that you find success if you implement this notation with your students.
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