Upper Mordent

A rapid alternation with the note above

Upper Mordent is an ornamentation that is used in melody parts. It is created by the rapid alternation of the main note with an upper auxiliary note with the relationship between a whole step or half step. In general, Mordent typically starts with the main note, followed by the auxiliary note, and then returns to the main note. In sheet music, the more curved the Mordent notation is, the more alternations between the main note and the auxiliary note are required.

Example of Upper Mordent

Mordents and Inverted Mordents

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