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[MUSIC]
We'll be covering more on the major third.
It's an arpeggio.
We could play it as a bright note.
Like a piano, we play.
Kind of a happy sound, or
we could play it as a warm,
going back and forth between bright.
And warm and then go to four, you'll get
to C note.
And so forth, just running through these
notes of the scale and
having it relay back to the basic G note.
So, that's a great practice aid and
it really has helped me a lot with the
intonation.
Even when you don't hear it you're still
thinking about it.
[MUSIC]
How's that?
[MUSIC]
Again slow practice, listening to
yourself, listening to what is going on,
making sure again with hopefully possibly
with a mirror that all your.
Parts are moving correctly because if, if
they start, if you
start developing bad habits, it's going to
just cause you big problems later on.
So we want to keep all these things going
and still try to enjoy that.
You know, and the drilling CD really seems
to, seems to help.
Kind of en, help you enjoy this very, what
can be a tedious process,
but will really turn out great for you in
the end if you keep at it.
[SOUND].
And then, playing a note,.
[MUSIC]
Hm-mm, mm.
[MUSIC]
Now,
when we're just playing the instrument,
trying to get the instrument in tune,
we can use our open strings.
To get ourselves in tune.
[MUSIC]
This is great,
because with fiddling there's a lot of
open strings played.
[MUSIC]
So
right there we have a built-in intonation
rule.
[MUSIC]
So I
spend a lot of time just hearing how those
notes ring together on our instrument.
[MUSIC]
Okay, where is that?
Okay.
That's that C sharp note right?
Against the E string.
[MUSIC]
Where does that sound good?
[MUSIC]
Does it sound good here?
[MUSIC]
Does it sound good there?
[MUSIC]
No.
[MUSIC]
Right in there.
[MUSIC]
Okay and
then of course when we find it we wanna
spend a little time there.
[MUSIC]
Because,
as I said before, our hands are like
animals and
they like to spend time in a comfortable
spot doing the same thing.
And the better, the more they do that, the
better they get at doing that.
So, once we find it,
[MUSIC]
Give yourself a little time-
To stay there.
There's also another tool, a very useful
tool for playing, getting your,
working on your intonation that I
personally like a lot,
and I just wanted to show this to you
there's a, a cd of drones.
You can get and there's gonna be some text
on the screen it's gonna show you
where and how to get this kinda thing.
You could make one yourself of just making
your own drones.
Using your own instrument and recording
that, but
I was able to make this off of one of
those Indian drone boxes.
And it's become very fun tool for playing
so,
we're just gonna hear this drone come up,
a drone, drone in G.
And there it is.
You can hear that, there's a G note in
there, and there's a D note,
and then there's.
On top of it, there's another G note.
So that's three notes in there.
Just all fingers in this and very in tune
drone, now we can just play.
If we play a scale, a G-major scale
against that.
[MUSIC]
You can see that, a little more in tune.
[SOUND].
Wait, some, just very stable reference.
Then we just go up our scale.
Now isn't that nice.
You can really hear.
How that A note rings against the G.
[SOUND].
And we can really not only are we starting
to hear the intonation,
we're also starting to hear the beauty and
the internal logic of.
Intonation on how being in tune in
just what you're trying to communicate as
a musician.
And you go up the next note.
[SOUND].
There's a lot of ways to approach this
note.
This is the major third, right, very
important note.
We're gonna be covering more on the major
third.
It's a part of the arpeggio.
We could play it as a bright note.
[SOUND].
Like a piano would play, kind of a happy
sound.
Or we could play it as a very Warm.
[SOUND] Going back and
forth between bright and warm and
then go to the four, the C note and so
forth.
Just running through these notes of the
scale and
how they relate back to the basic G note.
So that's a great practice aid, and it
really has helped me a lot.
Let's see with the intonation because even
when you don't hear it,
you're still thinking about.
[MUSIC]
How's that?
[MUSIC]
Again, slow practice listening to
yourself, listening to what is going on
making sure, again, with hopefully,
possibly with a mirror that all your.
Parts are moving correctly.
Because if, if they start,
if you start developing bad habits it's
going to cause you big problems later on.
We wanna keep all these things and still
try to enjoy that,
and the drone cd really seems to help.
Kind of en, help you enjoy this very, what
can be a tedious process,
but will really turn out great for you in
the end if you keep at it.
[MUSIC]