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Fiddle Lessons: "Carrol County Blues"

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gonna stay with the blues for a while
We're going to play another great old
traditional blues tune,
which is real popular with fiddle players,
especially bluegrass fiddle players.
It's played a lot, you'll be able to use
this in your jamming.
It's called the carol county blues.
And it's traditional tune and this
actually comes from an era where they were
still kind of figuring out how to do the
And so it doesnt have a regular blues
It doesn't have that 12 bar thing.
Its a little longer.
It sort of sounds like a blues but it's
you can tell that there's
like a whole section that goes twice
before it gets to the end.
And that's got like a little bridge thing.
So it's really fun.
And it's just a, a blast to play.
And it uses all those bending notes.
You're, you're bending up on the third.
It's in the key of G again.
So we're still working with the key of G.
So this is the central lick in this in one
of the two central licks and this tune is
It just keeps doing that over and
over again which is great for you're
practicing those bends.
So we're bending up on the, the B note.
And then going up to the G.
Almost like a double stop but without.
The double stop.
Because we're holding those notes
together, and then taking the F and
sliding it up.
And this is really great.
It's a very sassy sound.
So let's try just playing that.
[SOUND] And then.
You play that.
I'll play it again, then you play it back
to me.
that actually happens three times.
All right so
that's the first like and we end up.
[SOUND] On the third finger playing a D
Even though,
this is one of those notes and the blues
scale that is bent and slid.
We're not sliding it for this tune.
And then what's cool, is that we go over
to that four chord.
We'll be talking about that later.
And play the exact same lick, same, exact
same fingerings,
but on the other two strings.
We're playing it on the D and A strings.
So, that's so great.
That's so much fun, that in the tune we do
that whole thing again.
And that's where the, the, the form kinda
breaks out of the, loose form.
But, it's just one of those things.
We love that so much, we're gonna do it
So the whole thing goes again.
One, two, three, four, one, two, three.
So that's, those pauses between, are
Some people play them different lengths,
it's really great if you can keep it
consistent, the same length.
So, I usually count.
One, two, three, four, one, two, three.
So I count one, two, three, four, one,
two, three.
that's how I keep track of how long it is
between those phrases.
So, one more time on that.
One, two, one, two, three.
Two, three, four, one, two, three.
One, two, three, four, one, two, three.
Two, three, four, one, two, three.
One, two, three, four, one, two, three.
And then, it's, then we go to the third
part of the blues.
we do something very similar to what we
played in Blues on Gravel.
then we hold the note out again, and then
we go.
also very similar to the Blues on Gravel.
It might be a reason why I wrote the Blues
on Gravel to sound like that.
It's preparing us to play this tune.
So that's a little bit of a handful.
But, we prepared for
it by playing Blues on Gravel.
You can go back, if this feels a little
uncomfortable and go back and
look at that other lick, and let's see how
it fits together.
Sounds like this one.
So that brings us back to the end of this
whole first section.
So we have.
we have those long counts, those long
One, two, three.
Two, three, three, four, one, two, three.
One, two.
It's hard to count and
play at the same ta, same time, but-
If you think-
One, two, three, you can hear that go by.
If you count from the F sharp.
And go one, two, three.
One, two, three.
You'll kinda hear how that fits together.
Now the second part, it's a great little
shuffly thing.
It's like a little, you can see the guy
kinda just shuffling back and forth.
And it sounds like.
So I'm, you can see that I'm not going.
I'm actually doing those little retakes.
Just like.
And then, you can practice that.
I'm also not sliding back and forth with
my second finger.
I'm not doing, that's what I'm not doing.
Although I just did it, but that was
I'm going.
So all down bows.
a little phantom up bow in between each
So it's like, two, one, two, one, two,
one, two.
then it switches to a couple of up bows
right there.
Check that.
All right?
So, what that does, because the reason I
went to up was because,
if we think of this going just continual.
Just like, by shuffles we talked about
getting the down and
up bows, feeling good, you know?
Feeling like you making somebody wanna
That way, this is fiddling.
We want that groove.
The way we fit that in.
So we do four of those melodies.
We do two of those and then two more.
That is flexible, you could do just two of
them or you could do four of them.
You could do three, you could do six, but
you're probably gonna be wanting to play
this with a couple other musicians, and
so you want to decide how many you want to
do ahead of time and then stick to it.
Sometimes it's hard to remember unless you
do it an even number of times.
So that is, it's just a little dance you
Sounds like you're getting down on your
hands and knees and just kinda shaking.
So, you can wait a couple of beats until
it feels right to come in with the top of
the, the first part of the tune again.
This is one of the nice things about these
kind of tunes, is they,
they are a little bit flexible.
But you just wanna wait for the on beat,
that's why it's always good to keep your
foot or
some part of your body moving in this kind
of two beat.
You can feel that pulse moving forward and
you just come in.
You got that little two note pick-up.
And this would be also a very good tune
to sing to yourself as you're walking, you
know, if you do.
If you take a walk every day or you you
know, spend some time just moving around.
Walking here, walking there.
Just it's a great walking tune.
Three, four.
just start walking this stuff and kind of
boogieing a little bit.
People go, oh there must be something
special about that guy,
there is such a spring in his step.
I want to know that guy, might be cool.
So that's.
Go ahead and look at that and we're going
to have our guest artist,
Mike Marshall, play this, we'll play this
together and we'll have a little fun.
You can check it out and learn this tune.
Should be good.
So now we're gonna give you a Carroll
County blues.
One, two,
I'm gonna want to see a video of one of
these two blues tunes.
It would be great to see how you're doing
on this.
This is such a critical thing, these blue
notes and the slides.
Just wanna see how you're doing them,
making sure that it's within the
parameters, sounding right.
If there's problems, you know, just play
it like you playing it and
we'll work on it.
We'll like go in and dive in and, and make
sure that everything is sliding correctly.
And yeah, we'll just get this straightened
out and
get this, get, get you guys having the