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Fiddle Lessons: Mastery Means that it Feels Easy!

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[MUSIC]
Okay.
We're intermediates.
Does that mean we're going to be playing
all the stuff?
[MUSIC]
No.
It does not.
It means that we are incrementally moving
up.
We are still working on the same things we
were working on,
if we came directly from our beginning
area.
It also means that if we're just starting
inwards.
Like, thinking about, wow, you know, what
are we doing here?
Intermediate.
It just means that we are taking a little
bit more difficult tunes and
playing them slow, still.
We're not just diving into stuff
fast just because we feel that we are an
intermediate player.
We're still looking for mastery of
whatever skill, whatever tune,
whatever little piece of the fiddle puzzle
that we're working on at the time.
And mastery means that it's going to feel
easy.
It's got to feel easy.
And for it to feel easy, you have to go
through the time when it feels hard,
but we are going to find, you always have
to find a place
to make it feel easy, and that usually
means slowing things down.
Now we s, we covered,
one of the last things we did in the basic
area was Fire on the Mountain, right?
And remember playing that.
[MUSIC]
All right.
Now just because we're intermediates
doesn't mean we're all of a sudden
able to.
[MUSIC]
It means that if there's anything in
that lick, anything in that melody that is
giving us problems.
Maybe it's a string crossing, maybe it's
another kind of thing,
maybe it's could be anything.
Usually it's the string crossings with
this kind of tune that are gonna cause you
a little problems.
Maybe there's a bowing glitch.
We're gonna focus in on that one little
thing.
[MUSIC]
Maybe that.
[MUSIC]
Right?
There's a little bowing.
[MUSIC]
So
we might just take it down to the two
notes.
[MUSIC]
Where we're having the problem.
[MUSIC]
And just rock back and
forth on those two notes.
[MUSIC]
Until it's right and
the metronome again is our friend.
[SOUND] We're gonna slow it down to as
slow as it
needs to be, in order to make it feel
easy.
[MUSIC]
Right, so maybe that, it maybe has to go
that slow for it to feel easy.
That's okay.
We just want to build it up from there.
And then okay, so that's where it feels
easy.
Okay, that's fine.
Okay, so I'm gonna just one, two clicks
up.
[SOUND].
[MUSIC]
And just keep cycling that little bit.
[MUSIC]
Well, that's okay.
So let's move it up a few more clicks.
I'm gonna speed up the process a little
bit.
[SOUND].
[MUSIC]
Okay.
That doesn't feel easy anymore.
So we're gonna back off another couple of
clicks until it feels easy again.
[MUSIC]
This is also applies to playing in tune.
If you have, have a note.
[MUSIC]
For instance,
one of those fourth finger notes, those
pesky fourth finger.
[MUSIC]
And E strings.
We're going to just isolate that until it
feels easy.
Perhaps there might be a place where.
[MUSIC]
Maybe.
[MUSIC]
Every time.
Oh no, it's never quite comes out.
[MUSIC]
That's
when we go to where it's gonna feel easy,
and if it only feels easy to just.
[MUSIC]
To just hold it there.
[MUSIC]
Get relaxed, get our hand relaxed.
[MUSIC]
Find where it's gonna be easy.
How would this feel if it felt good?
[MUSIC]
Sit there.
[MUSIC]
It just takes as long as it takes.
And it might take a couple of days.
It might take, if you break it up into ten
minute sessions, it might take four days.
To do it on four successive days, or maybe
you don't have the time to do it, but
if you keep at it, keep finding that easy
place and then move it up incrementally.
It will work.
And that's the only way that you're gonna
get to that mastery level.
And that's why everybody doesn't play this
instrument, because it's hard.
But at some level, it's gonna be easy.
And that's where you want to start from.
No matter whether you're beginning,
intermediate, super-advanced, there's
always gonna be something that feels hard.
Your job is to find a place where it's
gonna feel easy and
then go up from there slowly.
[MUSIC]