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Fiddle Lessons: "Little Rabbit"

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[MUSIC]
Alright.
We're gonna put that newfound knowledge of
the key of A to use here,
we gonna to play one of the great fiddle
tunes in A, it's called Little Rabbit.
And this is, an epic
fiddle tune in the true sense of epic, not
just amazing, but
epic in the sense of having a lot of
parts, having many sections.
And they're all small in themselves.
They're these little.
Little sections like little bricks.
You know, they all go together to make
this wonderful tune.
It's got five different sections.
Like most fiddle tunes, each section
repeats, so
you get two cracks at each section before
you have to move on.
And this was actually one of the first
fiddle tunes that I learned.
And I remember learning from the only
bluegrass band is in
San Francisco Bay area in 1969 or 1970.
And just a great tune.
It got me very excited.
Because each little piece is not, that
difficult.
It's just a little bit of a lick, you can
use those licks for other things too.
When they're all put together we have this
wonderful
big long tune when it really gets going.
So, and there are some words, which I will
get to towards the end of the tune.
So Little Rabbit in the key of A major.
So the first section, we're gonna be on E
string, and we're just gonna go back and
forth between these three fingers, we're
gonna go,.
[MUSIC],.
right?
We're gonna play those notes.
[MUSIC]
That's
the first half of that first section.
So we're using our fourth finger, don't be
too scared.
[MUSIC]
Just,
if the finger feels like straining
remember this elbow you wanna
make sure that the elbow is over enough so
that you can just, so that the fourth
finger's ready to, ready for action, that
you can just lay it down on there.
[MUSIC]
If it feels strange,
lay your fourth finger down on the string
with the other fingers down also.
And just,.
[SOUND] play a long note.
And just make sure everything in here is
relaxed.
And play a couple of long notes.
Just get comfortable.
Get used to the idea that,.
[SOUND], get used to the feeling of
[SOUND].
Get used to the happiness of,.
[SOUND].
Think of, Pie, cake,
all that good stuff.
Okay.
We have those two notes, our pick up
notes.
We've talked about pick up notes.
So if we go one two three da da bum,
so the [NOISE]
[MUSIC]
So we have that.
So when we're playing a pick up,
I think we probably wanna play an up bow
for those two first notes.
[MUSIC]
So E and F-Sharp.
[MUSIC]
So the second half of that I just played.
First half was,.
[MUSIC]
Second half,.
[MUSIC]
So
we come down to the A string and play the
C Sharp.
So that whole thing gets played twice.
The second part is more string crossing.
Another two-note pick-up, [SOUND] same two
notes, actually.
[MUSIC]
So this is the first half.
[MUSIC]
And then the same thing again.
[MUSIC]
[SOUND].
So,.
[MUSIC].
So lot of notes in there.
You can do it.
I'll slow that down.
[MUSIC]
We can try it with all separate bows.
[MUSIC]
Little more complicated.
I like combining some of the notes.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
And then the second half very much
like the first half.
[MUSIC]
So
the only part different is that the end
where it goes back to A.
[MUSIC].
So here it is again, slow.
Second part.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
Third part,
we go all the way down to the D string.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
So we're all over those three strings
[MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
One more time on that.
I'll play it a little slower.
One, two, three.
[MUSIC]
I'm playing a lot of different bowings.
Try to make your down bows.
Be on the strong beats, and your uploads
be on the weak beats,
so the strong beats being the one, two,
three, four, one, two,
three
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
So, that is repeated exactly the same.
So, unlike the other parts there's not a,
different ending.
So, that just gets-
[MUSIC]-
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
So, we played three parts so far.
The fourth part, is the most, has the most
character.
It actually has a chord change.
And it's sort of the, the peak, it's like
if you see, if you look at this tune,
like rising at peaks, and then it goes
back down, toward the end.
So, this is the peak of the tune, and
again, a two-note pick up,
every part of this tune, has its own
two-note pick up in the same place.
That's one of the things that makes the
tune, feel like a tune,it's,
it's very consistent in that way.
So, these pi, this pick up is.
[MUSIC]
So, the one is the E, 1, 2, 3.
[MUSIC]
Right, so we got.
[MUSIC]
Basically, we're playing double stops.
Two top strings.
The second part of it is.
[MUSIC]
So, we're playing, again the A and the A.
[MUSIC]
And then,
the third part of it, is, just like the
first.
[MUSIC]
And then the fourth part.
[MUSIC]
So,
we're we're talking about the fourth part.
But, I'm dividing the fourth part up into
sections.
It has four different sections.
That's, that's where we are right now.
So, just to remind you where we are.
So, again, the fourth part, first section
[MUSIC]
Second section,
[MUSIC]
Third section.
[MUSIC]
just like first,
and then the last section.
[MUSIC]
So,
we have a little extra thing right at the
end, starting on the C sharp.
[MUSIC]
So,
this whole fourth part, sounds like 1, 2,
3.
[MUSIC]
And that repeats,
and then the last section is the place
where we all get to sing.
The immortal words are.
[MUSIC]
And then last, as you may have guessed.
[MUSIC]
Right, so, wondering where that mommy is.
And this just the whole character of this
tune, is very much, but
it's kind of rabbity, and because it's
always kinda jumping around, it's like.
[MUSIC]
You can sort of envision maybe like a
little bunny hopping around.
Perhaps the rabbit knows where it's mommy
is,
but we, the interrogator do not.
So, that's the, that's the basic excite,
you know, the, the, the, the drama of this
tune, somehow comes in.
Where, you know, the, the question.
The eternal question of where is that
little rabbits mommy.
Which we never find out.
For as long as people have been playing
this tune,
they're still asking the same question.
So, I think it's time to play through this
tune.
1, 2, 3, 4.
[MUSIC]
Okay, I'm gonna play it a little faster,
and looking for that, rabbity, will that
bunny hop.
1, 2, 3 and.
[MUSIC]