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Fiddle Lessons: "Old Joe Clark"

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we're gonna put some of that shuffling we
did to use.
Some of you probably recognize that tune.
And I know that a lot of you have been
when are we gonna learn Old Joe Clark?
When's it gonna happen?
Come on, let's go.
And now, I can assure you is the time we
are going to learn Old Joe Clark,
one of the great tunes in American
Traditional music and Bluegrass.
Also a song about a disagreeable
individual who was a bad guy,
but his song goes on forever.
Somebody who we can say, oh, well, he was
We don't have to be like him.
So, Old Joe Clark, we're gonna start, I'm
just gonna show you the melody.
I'm sure a lot of you have, know this to
some extent or have heard it.
We're using, we're playing in A.
That's usually where the tune get's played
in A.
So we're going to use the E string and the
A string.
So we're going to start with an open E.
then the low two we're playing in G
All right,
so we're crossing over to the A string
there when we hit that D note.
So we go E, F sharp, G natural,
F sharp again, E, then D, C sharp.
And then that repeats.
All the way down to the E and
then the same exact phrase again.
Just like we did on, Why'd You Wander.
And then we have.
we're actually going down to the D string
there, right?
We're playing a G natural on the D string.
So that whole thing.
And then fare thee well, Old Joe Clark.
Fare thee well I say, fare thee well, Old
Joe Clark until the break of day.
All right?
So, that's the words for the second part.
Playing the second part now.
One of the nice things about the second
part of this tune,
it's the very last part is exactly like
the very last part of the first tune.
So you've already learned that.
All right so, we're going to first play it
through without the shuffle.
We're just gonna play.
With just one bow per note.
Let's try that.
One, two, one, two, three, four.
Okay, now we, you've noticed that we're
playing long notes in between the phrases.
That's long.
That's really long.
That's pretty long.
That's, goes in really long notes.
When we play the shuffle, we keep those
notes moving.
That's what's kinda cool about the shuffle
is that it's great if people are dancing.
You know, because you keep them moving.
So if we play.
So the trick is to play, fit those melody
notes into that continuous.
So here we go.
We're gonna do it real slow.
One, two, three, go.
Some tricky string crossings when you're
doing all that shuffling.
All right, so
you have to go over, remember we're
lifting our elbow, not our shoulder.
And that's where we can start,
you know, isolating some of these little
If we're having trouble with something.
just go back and just play that one thing.
Just get it down to the smallest amount
that, where you're having trouble.
And just isolate that and play it over
All right?
We've talked about this before and we'll
talk about it again.
Isolating the problem, finding where the
problem is.
And just focusing in like a laser beam on
Making it explode.
Let's play this one more time with just
the single strings.
One, two three, go.