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Mordents (Lower mordents)

Lower mordents are very simple embellishments. They exist to decorate a melody, with a secondary function to emphasise a given note.

Lower mordents exist in other types of music too. Lower mordents were very popular in baroque music.

A lower mordents is when a note is embellished by playing the starting note and then the note below it very quickly, returning to the starting note. This idea can be played on any note of the scale except on Low G. It is almost never played on E or C  as these are a little uncomfortable to play. Strikes would be used instead, or doublings.

The symbol for a mordent looks like this:


On each note it is played thus:

written lower mordents

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