Grace Notes Guide: Appoggiatura and Acciaccatura

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Last updated: Nov 2, 2021 • 3 min read

In music, ornamentation allows performers to add expression to their playing. One popular musical ornament is the grace note—a note with a very small time value that serves as a passing tone on the way to a principal note. Grace notes include two ornamental techniques: the appoggiatura and the acciaccatura.