I'm trying to transcribe some part of "A media luz" from this video.

Here it is what I did:

A media luz - beginning

I'm wondering if there is an alternative way to notate the first four notes. Could I use graces notes or would they be inappropriate?

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I understand the urge to notate the opening as grace notes, but in fact they're just regular sixteenth notes. Try conducting the first few measures to get a sense of the tempo, then go back and listen to the very beginning. You'll notice that the first four pitches take the span of an entire quarter note, whereas your current notation has them lasting only the span of an eighth note.

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    I make it a 3 beat anacrucis, so crotchet rest, and all you've written in the remaining part of the bar. What do you think? That's if it's the intro part OP means.
    – Tim
    May 21, 2019 at 11:17
  • I agree with Tim
    – JimM
    May 21, 2019 at 11:31
  • Richard, you're right, I listen it again and they are 4 regular sixteenth!
    – G. Lari
    May 21, 2019 at 11:34
  • Now, let's suppose that I want to play in my way, so 4 32th. Would it make sense to notate them as grace notes? P.S. I also think like you that the "real" piece start with f d f a and the previous four notes (f g gis a) are an anacrusis.
    – G. Lari
    May 21, 2019 at 11:47
  • @G.Lari - they're certainly not grace notes, as Richard says. Grace notes take uo the timing of other notes, and here, they're notes in their own right, written as semiquavers, taking up a whole beat.
    – Tim
    May 21, 2019 at 12:03

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