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6 Counts(or beats) in every measure
the 8th notes gets 1 count or beat
OR: If the tempo is faster the 8th notes get grouped in threes with an emphasis on counts 1 & 4 and then the dotted Quarter note gets the beat.
Also: This rhythm (dotted 8th, 16th, 8th)
Here’s how you count it out:
Tiny Note(s) in front of bigger or primary note. The Grace Note(s) is to be played very quickly just before the primary note.
There are two kinds of Grace Notes:
The Appoggiatura; usually played where the primary note should happen (like on the beat)
The Acciaccatura (has a slash through the stem); To be played just before where the primary note should happen. (like before the beat)
This weird little march has the Acciaccaturra (before the note)
Sometimes you can’t play the Grace Notes fast enough because the fingering is too hard. So OSFABB has included Trill Charts(Flute, Oboe, Clarinet Trills) that have alternate fingerings for the grace notes (makes them wicked easy to play). Note: For all brass instuments that have valves here’s the trick: Any note you play with 1st and 2nd valve combination you can play with just 3rd valve alone. Try it! For all other instruments: Good Luck!
If the Grace Notes are still to weird for you Leave Them Out. There’s no law that says you gotta play em’. Might run it by your band director though.
In Measure #1 and through out the piece