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Comment by Rob MacKillop on August 18, 2009 at 2:11am
All the 1 figures with dots below are 'hammer' strokes, to be played with the striking finger supported by the thumb.
Comment by Rob MacKillop on August 18, 2009 at 6:21am
The timing in the last bar seems to be wrong. Surely it should be a quaver rest? That would give the tonic chord on a downbeat. And three quavers in the bar makes sense considering the quaver anacrusis at the beginning. But it looks like a crotchet followed by two dots, one above the other...

The 'alternate string pulloff' (I think that is what it is called?) in Bar 4 is counter-intuitive for me, not used to doing these things. I keep wanting to play through both the second and first strings with one movement of the index finger, and then hammer on the second fret - but that's not what the man calls for. I can do what he asks when I play slowly, so I'll just keep at it.

Converse also mentions lifting the right arm off the instrument when hitting the chords, giving them a good strike. The whole right-hand thing seems quite animated.
Comment by Tim Twiss on August 18, 2009 at 6:59am
It seems like one of those "Shave and a Haircut" endings. There is nothing to reference a downbeat after those two chords, so it doesn't really matter. The ear will hear the tonic as a downbeat. Marc, perhaps you could look at those two little dots after the rest there...are they on the original, or just a copy smear or something?

Trust that pull off. It will feel like an old pair of slippers on your feet before long. Rice is full of those.


I think there is a lot of latitude for body English in the right hand and arm when playing...lift and smack those chords.
Comment by Rob MacKillop on August 18, 2009 at 7:06am
Body English???
Comment by Tim Twiss on August 18, 2009 at 7:30am
Little exaggeration there, but I think it can really be loosened up.
Comment by Trapdoor2 on August 18, 2009 at 12:56pm
I don't think I've packed the original away yet, I'll have a look this evening. If you "view full size" and zoom in, it looks like a smudge rather than a dotted rest.

Quivering anahoosis? Man, I learn something new from y'all every day!
Comment by Rob MacKillop on August 18, 2009 at 2:32pm
>>>Quivering anahoosis? Man, I learn something new from y'all every day! <

LOL. That's a much better name for it, and should be adopted henceforth.
Comment by Trapdoor2 on August 19, 2009 at 9:26am
Ok, not a dotted rest, it is an ink transfer from the facing page. When you're 120 yrs old, you get some spotty parts...
Comment by Rob MacKillop on August 19, 2009 at 9:44am
Thanks, Marc. I still think it should be a quaver (eight note???) rest.
Comment by Trapdoor2 on August 19, 2009 at 10:33am
Well...without having played thru this, I would consider the last two measures as a coda. Basically, it looks like it should be played AABB(ad nauseum)A2B2coda. Certainly looks like a "shave and a haircut" ending to me and there's that perfect cadence at the end (V-I). If I didn't use a crotchet (1/4 note) rest, I would hang a fermata in there somewhere before the cadence. Does that make sense? I don't have the training to really sort it out by just reading it...but I can spell 'fermata'! ;-)

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