MacDonald, Paul - Grace notes explained | Bowing Down Home


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PM – Paul MacDonald

KP – Ken Perlman

Pm: Grace notes, which you've seen before is just an addition

Demonstrates Grace Notes

KP: So is it just a little cut or is it?

PM: It's a single note, and I can explain it. It's really easy. It's - It depends on what finger you're using. Now let's say I'm using my first finger on the D-string which is (demonstrates). Now, all I'm doing in slow motion is going (demonstrates ) on the same note. And it's just (demonstrates). What you're actually doing is pulling the string. You're rubbing it. You're not pressing completely down and taking it completely off. You're just in the air and all you have to do is touch it, like that.

KP: But does it give you two grace notes or just one?

PM: Just one

Demonstrates Grace Notes

PM And that's what your getting, that effect. Now, with your first finger you can use your second or your third [to make the grace note], whichever sounds the best at the time to your ear. When you use your second finger, you can only use your third. Usually, you never use your fourth for that.

KP: And I imagine you match it to the scale of the tune?

PM: Usually, yeah. Oh, Yes! But it really was a grace note. You're not actually pressing the note down and trying to get a true note out of it. It's just an effect and so you're actually not hearing if its C-natural or C-sharp or whatever. It's kind of like a - It's just a little bit of a trill actually, is what it is. But it's – There's several types of grace notes. That's just one of them.