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Fiddle Lessons: "Why D'ya Wander"

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[MUSIC]
Okay.
All right.
We're gonna take on a classic bluegrass
melody.
This is what you call public domain
material.
This is a melody which is used in at least
five different songs.
Even though the words are completely
different we're gonna do the same.
This is a melody that you're gonna be able
to use all over the place, every where.
So I'm calling it Why Do You Wander, and
it is related,
but not the same as tunes like Why Did You
Wander.
And about 42, 380 other bluegrass tunes.
You'll recognize it as soon as you hear
it.
But we're gonna do a very simple stripped
down skeleton of the melody so
that we really understand what's going on
with it and that,
even somebody who is at the beginning of
their fiddle journey can,
can play this tune.
Because it's very important in blue grass
and a lot of folk melodies, actually.
So, we're gonna start, it's gonna be in
the key of G right?
So, we've got our G string.
[MUSIC]
Right?
All that stuff.
So, this tune also has a pick up note, two
pick up notes before it hits the one.
Remember I talked about that in way
downtown
where you wait for the tune to come in on
a one.
[SOUND].
So one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
Then the sound starts.
We're gonna actually play two notes before
the one of the beginning of the song.
So, it sounds like, these two notes are B
and
C, so, we're gonna go.
[MUSIC]
And then,
the beginning of the actual tune is.
[MUSIC]
Is a D.
So, we're just playing a little tiny bit
of a G scale.
[MUSIC]
And then,
we're going to do something unprecedented.
We're going to use our pinkie.
So, remember what I said about our hand
position being centered
over the second and third fingers.
And what I said about having that left
hand be just completely balanced,
sitting there on the finger board, all our
fingers down.
We're gonna go
[MUSIC]
And then,
we're just gonna pop our pinky down on the
string for just a moment.
[MUSIC]
Just that much.
[MUSIC]
Don't want to do too much at first.
Just do that.
And then go quickly back down to safe
territory, our first finger.
[MUSIC]
And
then we're gonna to something similar to
way down town.
We're gonna move our first finger back to
B flat and slide to the A, the open A.
So it sounds like.
[MUSIC].
We're gonna do that, let's do that one
more time.
[MUSIC]
And then switch strings, remember,
keeping our elbow, moving our elbow up,
not all this business,
we gonna just, slightly lift our elbow,
go over to the G string and play a G which
I, with our third finger.
[MUSIC]
So we come over,
hit the G string
[MUSIC]
Okay, the third finger and
then go down to the first finger.
[MUSIC]
So
that whole phrase, I just completed an
entire phrase.
I'm gonna play that super, slow starting
with the first finger,
two note pick-up, coming to the D note.
[MUSIC]
Quick fourth finger.
[MUSIC]
So, let's try that one more time.
I'm gonna do it in time, one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
One.
[MUSIC]
Long note at the end.
Everyone make sure that note lasts as long
as it lasts.
Again, there's gonna be PDFs that you can
download of the music for
this if you're a music reader.
It's great if you can learn this stuff by
ear.
It's also, great to be able to correlate
the written page with the ear.
It's all part of the learning experience.
They really make each other better.
So, we're gonna dot that one more time.
One, two, three.
[MUSIC]
Okay,
now the second phrase, there's gonna be
four phrases in this tune.
The second phrase is very similar but it
ends a little differently.
So we go, second phrase, same notes.
[MUSIC]
Again, fourth finger.
[MUSIC]
Open A, right?
So, third phrase.
Exactly like the first phrase.
Makes it easy, we've already learned it.
One, two, three.
[MUSIC]
Okay, great.
Okay, fourth phrase is a little different
but
it has a very similar shape.
We're gonna start on the open A.
Same two-note pick-up, but open A and then
C.
[MUSIC]
So, that's a little different, is it.
It, the rhythms are the same, the
phrasing's the same, but different notes.
So, we start with the A.
[MUSIC]
C.
[MUSIC]
Same thing with the, the fourth finger.
[MUSIC]
Then we go to an open A.
[MUSIC]
And
then we go to a regular high one, B
natural.
[MUSIC]
And then an F sharp, high two.
[MUSIC] And then. [MUSIC]
And with the third finger on the G note,
because it's in the key of G, the tune is
in G.
And so generally, that's what happens.
Is that you'll end on that note.
[INAUDIBLE] so, four phrases.
First phrase, and the third phrase exactly
the same.
Second phrase, slight variation.
Fourth phrase is even more different, but
still very much the same.
Okay, so I'm gonna play phrase by phrase.
[MUSIC].
Also, you'll notice that I am starting
with an Apo.
I'm gonna put those first two notes
together, so
that we, when we hit that down beat, which
is the D.
[MUSIC]
We have a nice strong down beat.
So, here we go, up bow.
One, two, three.
[MUSIC]
Down bow.
[MUSIC]
All right.
Second phrase.
[MUSIC]
Open A.
[MUSIC]
Exactly like the first,
here we go, the last.
[MUSIC]