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TACHUM

This is another movement which is subject to some differences.  “Tachum” is essentially a description of a rhythmical group but is most commonly used to describe the following:

1.         High ‘G’ gracenote to ‘C’.
2.         D gracenote to low A.

or

1.         High G gracenote to ‘B’
2.         D gracenote to Low ‘G’

Any two notes which can be said in the rhythm of the word “Tachum” can be described as a tachum.  In orchestral music this feature is referred to as a “Scotch Snap”.  
 
 

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