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Fiddle Lessons: "Golden Slippers"

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[MUSIC]
Here's
another tune that, it's just gonna be so
great if you know it.
It's a tune that everybody has heard.
It's Golden Slippers, them Golden
Slippers.
And here's some really nice things about
this tune.
Just structurally to help us to hold on to
it.
I think everybody probably knows it.
[MUSIC].
Right?
And then the second part is just like the
first part except it's different notes.
But it's like, it rhymes because, the
phrasing is the same.
It's-
[MUSIC]
Right,
and then it goes back to the first part,
exact same thing.
Very easy to remember a tune like this,
because it's structured in these little
globs, they repeat themselves even though
they might be different notes.
The chorus of course is.
[MUSIC].
Because they look so neat.
Probably the first instance of the slang
word,
neat, in a gospel tune, I think.
Maybe the last, hard to tell.
[SOUND].
But Golden Slippers is definitely a
beautiful tune.
So let's put this one in the key of G.
And so we're gonna have a little bit of
string crossing right at the beginning.
We have a long note and then these short
notes.
[MUSIC]
Instead of going.
[MUSIC]
We're gonna do,
with the bow, we're gonna play a down bow.
[MUSIC]
And
then we're gonna have a phantom up bow.
We're gonna have what we call a retake.
So we're gonna play the down bow.
[MUSIC]
And
then we're gonna do a retake where the bow
is a little bit off, off the string.
Just barely off the string so you barely
hear anything.
[SOUND].
And then we're gonna come back down and
play another down bow.
So it sounds like.
[MUSIC]
All right,
so let's try that a couple of times.
One, play it with me, one, two, three,
four.
[MUSIC]
And then come over.
[MUSIC]
And
lo and behold we have another retake right
after that G note.
So, we're crossing strings.
[MUSIC]
And having a little phantom A note.
You can barely hear something.
[MUSIC]
You can hear that little bit [SOUND].
Little A note.
We're not making a big deal of it all.
It's like a retake.
We're barely playing it.
It;s like a ghost note, so
[MUSIC].
And then of course
[MUSIC].
So we go.
[MUSIC]
So we have another retake.
[MUSIC]
And
this is all to give us the feeling of
making that groove.
We want this piece to be danceable.
We're fiddle players.
It's about dancing.
So, we make the down bows mostly on the
strong beats, and
that's why we're doing these little
retakes, so we can go.
[MUSIC]
And
this also helps to just kind of either
move your foot or your leg or some little
part of your body that is giving you this
pulse, this ongoing pulse beat.
[MUSIC]
And there's our big up bow right there.
And then the second half is.
[MUSIC]
So
exactly the same phrasing, different
notes.
On the open A.
[MUSIC]
All right, so.
[MUSIC]
And
then, the, and then we've learned the
whole first part.
Because the rest of the first part is just
the same thing over again.
All right, so let's play that again.
One, two, three and.
[MUSIC]
And.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
And
then the second part, we have longer
notes.
Starts on open D.
[MUSIC]
And if we sing it, we can find the notes
ourselves.
[MUSIC]
This is what is good about being able to
just do your, I call it utility singing.
You know, you just have to be, you know,
it's not that you're a singer, and
it's not that, you know, although you
might have a great voice.
But, in order to connect, you know, your
instrument
with your mind and your hands it's good to
be able to sing melodies.
It's usually a lot easier to learn a
melody when you're singing it
than it is to just directly learn it off
your instrument at first, so,
if you can get it in your head, sing it.
It doesn't have to be,
you don't have to be you know, Alison
Krauss, or anybody like that.
If you can just do that utility singing.
[MUSIC]
You can,
it's usually, you know, you can get, get
it on the instrument.
And that's, that's super important I
think.
It also the utility scene idea comes in
handy again when you're at that coffee
shop on stage and the guitar players
looking at you going what, what, what,
how does it going?
And you're just thinking.
[MUSIC]
Where [LAUGH] it is.
It's just you have another way of
communicating musical ideas
if you've got that utility voice going on
at the same time.
So of you just think of it as the comedy
portion of the show.
So.
Okay.
So we've got.
[MUSIC]
E.
[MUSIC]
Just the same.
[MUSIC]
All right, so.
Let's play it slow.
This little strummy bowing pattern.
One, two, three.
[MUSIC]
Oh.
[MUSIC]
Oh.
[MUSIC]
Oh.
[MUSIC]
So I'm moving a little bit, just keeping
that rhythm going.
We've got those long notes.
[MUSIC]
Now the,
the temptation it would be if you were
just practicing this by yourself is to go.
[MUSIC]
We're gonna speed up those long notes.
We don't wanna do that.
That's why we have our trusty metronome.
Or, failing that, actually one thing that
we wanna to do,
is we have, we wanna have our built in
metronome.
We have, we have a built in metronome.
Our heart is beating, usually pretty
steadily, moving on,
seldom stops, if it does, usually.
Danger signal.
But we have that, we, we have a lot of
rhythms going on inside our bodies.
So, if we can just get a nice little
rhythm, you know?
And again, the foot is handy.
We just, we don't wanna stomp.
We just move that foot up and down
slightly.
And that'll keep us on track.
One more time.
I think we have a backing track to this.
So, play to that.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]