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Fiddle Lessons: "Fire on the Mountain"

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[MUSIC]
It's
time to learn one of the great fiddle
standards of all time.
It's called Fire on the Mountain, this is
one that
is one of the most propulsive fiddle
tunes, known to humans.
It really gets moving, it's a little
complicated but once you get it,
it just plays itself, and that's it's
always great to have a,
a tune like that, that's just very
exciting.
So I'm gonna play Fire on the Mountain
here very slow for you.
I'm gonna break it up, as usual, into
sections.
I'm gonna make sure that all my parts are
in the correct place.
Regarding the fiddle, fiddle, anyway.
Make sure the elbows are round.
Make sure we're in tune.
[SOUND].
That's pretty good.
Bow straight, arms over, so, we're gonna
break it up into short sections.
We're gonna start on E string.
[MUSIC]
We're gonna play that much.
[MUSIC]
That's what is that?
That's.
[MUSIC].
One of those French folk tunes.
And then we're playing.
[MUSIC]
What's, so we've got.
[MUSIC]
Do I hear an echo?
I hope so.
And then the second half, very much like
the first.
[MUSIC]
So, again, the second part.
[MUSIC]
So the first part is.
[MUSIC]
Second part.
[MUSIC]
So it all.
Runs together.
This is just note after note, so.
[MUSIC]
I'm gonna break it up again, I want you to
play the sections after me.
Two, three, and
[MUSIC].
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
And I played that as a double stop.
[MUSIC]
You could also play it as single notes.
So, when this all gets put together.
Sounds like one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
And that repeats quite a bit,
I think the best way to do this is to just
really go slow.
Play it really slow.
[MUSIC]
Playing
really close attention to am I in tune?
Is the bow going back and forth, parallel
to the strings,
get in front of that mirror, make sure
that we're not collapsing the wrist,
[MUSIC]
and we're thinking about the bow.
We're not thinking about the wrist.
It's, it's all got to happen, you know,
and you don't have to play a big chunk
right at the beginning.
Let's just play it a little bit at a time
until we get it.
Okay, so that whole thing happens.
Four times, so it sounds like
[MUSIC]
Aah!
Okay.
So that's a lot,
but when it goes fast it sounds great.
Here is the second part, it's very much
like the first part.
It's on a different set of strings,
slightly different notes, but in the same
spirit.
[MUSIC]
Play that much.
Good.
Once more
[MUSIC]
And then,
[MUSIC].
So, this is a short.
Pod also which is repeated.
It sounds like, when we just run it all
together it sounds like
[MUSIC]
That was four times through that
[INAUDIBLE] we end on that.
[SOUND].
Note the D, and then we go
[MUSIC]
And that's the tag, it's like the tag is
like that, a little melody that tacks on
the end of whatever part we're playing,
it's just like, the end of the A part,
it's exactly the same.
[MUSIC]
And then, we go back into-
[MUSIC]
So the whole thing,
just fast and furious, it just pumps along
these little cyc,
it's likes somebody running really fast on
a,
on a treadmill like a hamster just going a
mile a minute.
But as we learn it we just want to make
sure we're doing it slow and
that we get the, the notes to go in the
right place.
[MUSIC]
Then the whole thing starts over again.
So, because I'm playing it kind of slow it
sounds a little bit interminable.
You have to, internalize this.
[MUSIC]
Just get used to that and then you say,
okay, one, one, one, one, one, one, one,
one.
Two, two, two, two, two, two, two, two.
Three, three, three, three, three, three,
three, three.
Four, four, four, four, four, four, four,
four.
Second part, one, one one so you're kind
of thinking in your mind while
you're playing at one during the first
cycle, so
you can keep track of where you are, how
many times you've played it.
[MUSIC].
[MUSIC]
I'm gonna give it to you one more time.
And then we're gonna talk a little bit
about bowing.
We're gonna really slow it down here this
is gonna be.
If this works for you, play along with me
now.
I'm gonna go.
[MUSIC]
1, 2, 3, 4.
[MUSIC]
Here's four.
[MUSIC]
Okay, and that's one complete cycle.
Now, once you get that, comfortable with
that, even if it's not super fast,
I want you to try some bowing, some
shuffles on it.
You can try, the, you have to be able to
just get it so the fingers are moving
by themselves, so you don't have to think
about which note you're gonna play.
Notes are just being played by the hand.
And then you can start thinking about.
[MUSIC]
And so forth.
So, just try to, your, your hand is
playing those notes.
The bow is moving, by itself.
I'm gonna play a little faster, one time.
1, 2, 3, 4.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
Now, just, you know, at, at some point,
this is gonna go very fast.
But we don't have to worry about that now.
All we have to do, is just get comfortable
with that rolling effect.
We wanna have those, we wanna have.
[MUSIC]
We want that to
just feel like one note, just kind of
roles out and so
we just, don't push it, we just spend a
little time with that.
And that's the Fire on the Mountain.
So, these last four tunes, Golden
Slippers, Sally Gooden, Ginseng for Mr.
Blake, and Fire on the Mountain, are not
the easiest tunes, in the basic section.
And theres reason for that.
They're the last ones.
So I'd love for you to make a video of one
of these tunes.
See how you're doing, and if it looks like
you're acing everything,
then, maybe its time to move onto the
intermediate.
And if there's some difficulties, that's
why I'm here.
I'm here to help you deal with that stuff.
So, let's just get a, let's hear a video
from you, and
we'll see where you are, see how it's
going.
[MUSIC]