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Fiddle Lessons: "Blues on Gravel"

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I'm gonna teach you this tune Blues on
Gravel which is very much like a lot of
Bluegrass Blues out there.
It sounds a little bit like Rocky Road
It's got that gravelly kind of rocky
And I just wanted to say that if you're
confused about all these
different blues scales.
I gave you three blues scales, in that
last lesson.
I gave you the simple one, I gave you the
one with the flat five, and
then I gave you, a different scale I gave
you the Mixolydian scale,
where we bent all those notes around and
why the Mixolydian?
Why did we all of a sudden go to
Probably a good question the reason why we
do that,
is because, when we play the blues scale
we play some other notes.
That Blues scale with a
When you're playing the blues those
are the notes that work.
Those are, you know that those notes are
gonna work.
You don't have to think about it at all.
But in the blues we also use other notes.
We use.
We use that note, we use a we use a two,
and we use the six.
So, that's,
those very simple blues scales are like,
never fail scales.
You're just not gonna really make a
You can play those over any chord in the
But, when we're really playing the full
range, we're playing those bends,
we might play.
We might play those other notes.
So, I like to teach it as the mixed lid
because those notes,
do exist in the blue scale.
We're gonna use those.
So it's better to have them in there,
after you get comfortable with just that
skeletal never fail scale.
So, we're gonna do Blues on Gravel here.
I'm gonna just show you phrase by phrase,
again this is a, a great way to learn it
because again it,
it's three phrases and you know, they're a
lot like each other.
The first phrase is very much like the
second phrase and so forth.
So [SOUND] The first phrase we're gonna do
this in g for now.
This is a real popular Blue Grass key for
I'm gonna play a two note pick up, the
first one sounds like this one,
two, three.
So, we've got.
We're goin, we're gonna bend that note
that, that B note.
Or just slide into
B major there.
And then,
Slide into the fifth.
Little slide.
So slide with our first finger and slide
with the finger and
then, we're playing that flat five.
I do that with separate bows so that it's
clear and then up to this G.
And that is a very beautiful blues lick.
You should get into that and play it
almost like it's one note.
I'm gonna play that very slowly.
And then move our third finger back.
So you could
see that we have our third, second first
finger tight together, and then we just.
And then go down to the G.
And there we're using F-sharp.
And then we have a little tag lick that is
actually part of the lick.
So the whole thing sounds like one,
two, three.
you probably want to spend a little time
It sounds a little funny by itself
doesn't it
It sounds like kind of an insect or
something, but if we put it in the context
it sounds like the blues,
it sounds like a blues lick.
Second phrase, almost exactly like the
first phrase except for one difference.
We're gonna play,
instead of that B natural we gonna play a
B flat.
And then, play the same thing.
So, we're substituting a B-flat,
because we have a different chord going on
behind the melody,
which the B-flat fits better than the
B-natural would.
So, it's like a little echo but it's just
slightly different.
The third phrase
So we have,
we go up to the sevenths right.
We haven't played, really played the
seventh as a slid note yet but
it this third base we're doing that.
So we're going.
Going from.
F natural to F sharp.
Try a little bit of that.
Sliding the B note.
Again slide the B note.
And then come back down solidly, on a G.
And then.
A little bit of a slide on the F Sharp.
And we put our fingers together.
We don't do this.
Don't lift your second finger up.
Keep it down.
Because, at some point, we might wanna
change that to a double stop,
Like that.
But for now, we're just playing.
Two separate notes.
So let's, do Blues on Gravel with the
backing track.
One, two, three.
Well, this bluesy sound is so important in
getting good bluegrass sound in your
fiddle playing that I wanna do Blues on
Gravel at a little faster speed to
just to give you a chance to hear how that
fits together.
So we're gonna do it at 100 beats per
No, that's too fast.
100 beats per minute, how about that?
Think that'll work a little better.
So Blues on Gravel.
One, two, three.