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Fiddle Lessons: Major Arpeggio

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[MUSIC]
Okay.
Well, here's where we get into the world
of arpeggios.
Arpeggios are like scales with half the
notes removed.
If we for instance.
Take a D scale.
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And we play the first note, the one note.
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And we go two.
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Three.
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Skip four.
We play five.
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And then go all the way up,
to the last note.
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We have.
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Right.
And that spells out very strongly, the
notes and the key that we're in.
So, if, if, it says to me D.
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Very much so.
They're the notes that really stand out,
that make the harmony of D.
It's like every other note, which is kinda
interesting.
Like odd notes one, three, and five.
So if we think of the note D, the key of
D, the scale of D.
All those Ds.
Obviously the note D, would be the one
note.
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And then two.
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Three.
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Four.
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five,
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Six.
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Seven.
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Eight, or one actually.
So, if we take one, three and five.
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Octave.
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That's a very familiar sound.
That's the sound of the chord D major,
being spelled out.
And that works with every major scale.
Now, so we're gonna, there's a lot of
tunes that sort of.
Spell out, they use arpeggios to sort of
spell out the key their in.
And they, the, [INAUDIBLE] arpeggios
become a kind of melody.
Something like the second part of Liberty,
for instance.
That second part, remember it goes.
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We just jump right up.
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That is unequivocally D.
And you just can't get away from it.
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So
that arpeggio just stuck in there at
liberty.
Definitely makes it this, beautiful, very
clear expression of the chord D.
And it actually, yeah it sounds pretty
good.
So there's a lot of tunes that use
arpeggios and there, another one that.
I think I'm gonna teach right now,
actually,
is a very popular one called Soldier's
Joy.
Soldier's Joy is one of the more popular
tunes in the universe of fiddling.
So we definitely need to cover it.
It's got an interesting history.
Some people think it was written in The
Civil War, and it's about morphine,
which was of course, used to as a
painkiller.
When people got badly hurt in The Civil
War they'd give them morphine.
And that was.
In a way that was, you know, a joy
because,
you know they stopped being in pain.
So kind of a weird title and association
for a very beautiful tune.
So, it goes like, it's in the key of D of
course.
And it uses an arpeggio at the beginning.
So we have a little pickup note.
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So we have that arpeggio there.
Five, three, one, three, five, one, one.
So, that's where the arpeggio comes, and
that repeats, it appears again and again,
in a tune.
So let's learn that tune.
We have the two note pick up starting from
the F sharp in the G.
One, two, three.
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And
then starting on a different note the
second time.
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Right?
So, and then the first part again.
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And then.
More arpeggios.
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So we've got that.
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And
then another arpeggio on a different
chord.
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Right?
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And that is actually arpeggiing out an A7.
And we'll be covering things like that
later.
But that is, you know definitely an
important
clue to what the chords are in this tune,
okay.
So, let's look at that.
First part again, one, two, three.
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So, that's pretty fast but
you can do it.
We won't, we won't, we won't play it too
fast.
So the second part is.
Like little scales.
So it goes
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So you've got.
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Obviously in D.
And then.
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All right.
Starting on the E.
Back to.
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And then we have a scale.
Starting on the, the F sharp.
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Spelling out an A7.
Familiar cord.
And then back to.
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Just like
the first time, and then we have another
flurry of notes.
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So starting.
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And then.
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Okay.
So we're gonna try this with the backing
track very slowly.
One, two, three.
Go.
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