Thanks for pointing out this discrepancy in Capirola's instructions,
   Tristan.  I have often wondered about how to "embellish the note with
   just one finger".
   Where he describes the two ornaments he gives two specific examples.
   The first example is for the dotted cipher:

   pluck the first course at the second fret, hold that finger and with
   another one make the "shake" at the third fret.
   This seems uncontroversial, though it does leave us wondering what it
   can mean when the dotted cipher is the same as the written note.
   The second example is also specific:

   you have the third course at the first fret: I have to write it down as
   it is without [using the red] dots. I will put them, these two red dots
   above the figure .I. It means that you have to embellish the note with
   just one finger
   When the string is stopped at the first fret as described, the grace
   does indeed use only one finger.  The problems only arise when you
   assume that even when it is marked on higher frets he still expects you
   to use one finger.  I suspect that when he says you use one finger he
   is referring only to the specific case of the first fret, as in his
   As you say, vibrato is a possibility, but the second grace does seem to
   be used mostly on the first fret, and sometimes the third, where it's
   hard to get much effect.  I wonder whether vibrato might be the answer
   to the "same cipher" problem, except that that only occurs on the third
   fret, and in contexts where a vibrato seems unlikely.
   All the best,
   On 04/02/2018 01:06, Tristan von Neumann wrote:

     Thank you Martin, I have often wondered what exactly is this
     ornament, and when to use it.
     However I still do not quite understand the part:
     "It means that you have to embellish the note with just one finger"
     "while the second ornament (usually but not always on the first
     fret) is a lower mordent (i.e. starting with the main note, going to
     the lower note, then back to the main note"
     If Capirola explicitly describes the upper mordent using "another
     finger", why does he describe the second as "with just one"?
     It is not quite comfortable to play a mordent with one finger,
     though I guess this could be done (I believe I have seen something
     like that in an Oud player video).
     What I suspect it really means is a vibrato, like changing the
     tension of the string by quickly alternating your grip and/or
     pulling it a bit outwards.
     That is probably why it is done mostly on the chanterelle because it
     is most effective there, especially in the higher register, where it
     lends a certain sparkle to the note.
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