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Fiddle Lessons: "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

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[MUSIC]
Hi.
Well, now that we've mastered, Boil Them
Cabbage Down,
let's look at a, a great hit, a, a monster
hit of all time.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.
This is not the easiest beginning tune in
the world, but I know that we can do this.
We're gonna be using two strings for this.
We're gonna use our two middle strings,
the D string.
[MUSIC]
And the A string.
[MUSIC]
So, we're going to be crossing strings.
We're gonna go back and forth between two
strings, which means,
as I was talking about earlier, we're
going to be using our arm,
raising our arm and lowering our arm, to
get from string to string.
So, when we start on the D string.
[MUSIC]
Our elbow is going to be slightly up, and
then when we go to the A string,
[MUSIC]
We drop the whole arm.
Don't.
[MUSIC]
Do this.
We drop the whole arm.
[MUSIC]
So,
to get to this tune, we can do a little
exercise,
playing two notes on the D string, and
then two notes on the A string, like this.
[MUSIC]
Right?
And we can repeat that.
We can keep going back and forth.
[MUSIC]
So, that we get use to that arm motion,
it's like a lever or pump handle, going up
and down.
I don't want any of this, that's no good,
that's gonna kill ya, in the end.
By the time you're 70, your shoulder will
just fall off,
if you keep doing that, so, don't do it.
Okay.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
We have the first two, four, first four
notes,
we're just exactly like we just played.
[MUSIC]
And then we use our first finger.
[MUSIC]
And then, as we know,
there's a slight pause.
We all know this tune, I believe.
And then we go back to the D string, with
our third finger, and
then we do a scale coming down.
So, we start with a G.
[MUSIC]
Third finger.
[MUSIC]
Second finger.
[MUSIC]
First finger.
[MUSIC]
Open.
So, let's try it.
We're gonna try it slow.
We're not gonna have a backing track for
this.
We're just gonna start, 1, 2, 3, and.
[MUSIC]
Now between those two phrases
[MUSIC]
There's a pause, right?
[MUSIC]
I lifted the bow up,
like I did in Boil Them Cabbage Down, and
came back.
Now, you can do it that way, or you could
do it the other way.
You could do it like, where you just keep
going with the bow, and don't lift it.
You can go, down, up.
[MUSIC]
And you could stay there, play an up-bow.
[MUSIC]
And then we've ended on an up-bow.
That puts us in a very good position to
repeat the tune, because,
we can start with a down-bow.
[MUSIC]
So, I want you to play this.
Slowly.
And keep that rhythm.
Some part of your body, moving.
It doesn't have to be your foot, it could
be your upper leg,
it could be a little bit of your back
muscles,
something to keep the feeling that there's
some kind of rhythm going on.
Okay, one more time, Twinkle, Twinkle,
Little Star.
1, 2, 3, and.
[MUSIC]