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Dianne Adkins

My dear friend Chan! This.was.GORGEOUS. Now, in your playing, I can see past the technique and to the music. Very tender. I loved how you were so patient and graceful with your bow at the beginning and the end of the piece. Beautiful! If you are happy and comfortable with it, don’t worry about adding a grace note. You can just try a grace note as a separate exercise. Maybe later you will come back and add it to this piece. Maybe you will add it to a different piece.

Here is an exercise just to practice a grace note. In keeping with this piece you have played, let’s give each note a ‘dotted quarter’ value. (6/8 time)

A2, A2 | A3-A2, A3-A2 :||
(In measure one, each note gets one bow. In measure two, A3-A2 is played on a slur. First DOWN bow, then UP bow.)

Gradually make A3 shorter, keeping the bow stroke the same as you played in measure one. Another fun thing to try is to set A2, then playing with a long, slow bow, place A3 over and over again to produce a ‘trill’. Set A3 fast, and pick it up fast repeatedly, while holding A2 down.

To play a grace note, place A2. Then place A3. When you begin to play, you hear A3. As soon as you hear A3, pick it up. Now you hear A2. I hope this explains the grace note a little. The grace note is always one step above the main melody note. Here’s what it looks like on sheet music.
Grace Notes

I will post this much and make more feedback in another post. <3