Meaning of grace note in English:

grace note

Pronunciation /ˈɡreɪs nəʊt/


  • An extra note added as an embellishment and not essential to the harmony or melody.

    ‘After several successful repetitions, the louder note may be played ever closer in time to the others, eventually approximating a grace note.’
    • ‘The Embellisher creates a more lively and realistic performance, automatically changing timing of notes, durations, velocities, articulation and adding grace notes, additional notes and turns.’
    • ‘The fifth study is cast in the original key, but the left hand contains the inversion of the original right-hand material, accompanied by chords and chromatic grace notes.’
    • ‘These musicians practise extensively, perform repeated grace notes, and the instrument is very responsive so that smallish errors will be apparent.’