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gonna look at the tune, Big Sandy River as
another sort of vehicle to use,
some of concepts we've talked about with
with this rhythm embellishment.
And, you know, the goal being that these
are theories and
concepts that can be applied.
To a lot of tunes and we'll discover, I'll
play through this and we'll discover some
of the same kinda patterns the way some of
the similar things we discovered in St.
Anne's Reel kinda show up again.
And you know, you can find this in, in a
lot of fiddle tunes.
We're gonna stick with Big Sandy River
here, and I'll play it now.
That's fun there.
You can also play along with this lead
track as well,
try some of your own things.
A lot of what was going on there was a
general approach that I have with,
with playing a tune.
It's on there twice.
Usually, it's fairly good.
You know, a good common sensical to the
to play the first time you play a tune, as
a rhythm player.
You know, just kinda let it settle.
You know, find the rhythm.
If, if a fiddle player's kicking the tune
of or, or a banjo or mandolin player, or
if it's a vocal thing, just, you know,
just let it sort of find itself.
Part of, part of good rhythm playing,
being a good a good accompanist is,
is being aware of what the groove wants to
Not trying to force it to be anything that
it's not.
And, and so, that was a lot of what I was
doing at, at the, the first, you know,
few chord changes in there was just sort
of trying to feel,
feel the groove of what was going on.
As you do that, then you, you know, then
you begin to feel a little bit
more comfortable, and then you can start
applying some of these things,
and so, it is not unlike a lot of the
other things we talk about here, of.
You know, feeling comfortable and then
jumping into the exercise or tune or
whatever you're doing.
And so I find that that's a good,
a good sensical way to approach playing
embellished kind of rhythm as well.
So, one of the things that were going on
there, you know, it's a,
a neat little melodic twist in, in Big
Sandy River is that.
That little chromatic.
So, you know, it's, it's fun as a rhythm
player to kind of embellish with that so.
That kind of moves me up to this position.
That's basically still kind of working
out of the f position.
We've got our capo over here on the key of
And so now that we've moved up
to this position on the neck, you know,
that five, seven chord there, we'll just
refer to that to, you know, basically have
a g shape, that's a d shape.
You know,
that kind of works us into these more
closed positions.
That was something that happened in there.
I was using some pedalling.
One of the things about the b part of that
is that you've got this.
This real kinda notey.
You know, that sorta climbs and climbs and
climbs, and it's some of that tension
release thing that we talked about.
And, so substitutions using suspensions,
works really well.
The the.
Starting that, that b part with a,
with a dominant seven.
Kind of a G seven.
And then when it goes to the four chord.
Keeping that.
And then.
Making that
that sort of five over seven sound.
You know,
still kinda working basically out of our
major scale sort of theory.
you wanted to you could continue to, you
know, descend.
Which sets up the next half.
a diminish that leads up back up to the
five chord, raise up a half step.
You know, those, those are ways to sort of
again finding these patterns of and, and,
and using some of these concepts.
I did a lot of walking around the melody
that time.
Like I said.
There's a lot of things a, a lot about
the melody of Big sandy RIver that, that I
like for, for that kind of approach.
You know, as the good thing about the
tension, the tension chords.
They kinda just hang
there while the melody's kinda busy.
And, when the melody's not so busy but a
little more defined.
Then you can
kinda have some fun with that.
You know, kinda playing along with it.
Almost playing kinda of a descant or a, or
a sort of an alternate version along with
it, and it can be kind of fun to do that.
There are a lot of different things you
can do, and
it's we'll move on to another tune now we
will discover some of these same things
but enjoy Big Sandy River there, I look
forward to hearing some some good videos,
video submissions with this song.