Grace Note Defined
Acciaccatura vs. Appoggiatura
The Acciaccatura (or "crushed note")
The Appoggiatura (or "leaning note")
Appoggiatura is a grace note that is played on the strong beat. Here, the emphasis is on the grace note as opposed to the main note, which makes the appoggiatura rhythmically and melodically important. Appoggiaturas are most often written as eighths notes (quavers) with a little slur connecting them to the main note.
Multiple Grace Notes
So far we have talked about grace notes consisting if just one note. And while this is quite common, grace notes can also come in twos, threes, fours, or even more notes (less common).
Two grace notes are usually written as sixteenth notes, while three and four grace notes are written as either sixteenth or thirty-second notes. Anything above four is usually shown as thirty-second notes.
Figure 2.0 – Examples of multiple notes.
Grace notes are a wonderful musical ornament and learning how to execute them correctly and effectively will make your performance that much more beautiful.
You will most likely come across grace notes in the music of the Baroque and Classical periods. As music continued to change and evolve after the classical period, their use became less prevalent.
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