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Fiddle Lessons: “The Greek Medley”

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[MUSIC]
The Greek Medley.
Now, this is a funny name for an old time
American fiddle tune.
It was created or heard or played for the
first time
on record by a fellow named Markus Martin,
who's a great old time fiddle player.
This was taught to me by another probably
the greatest old time fiddle player that I
know of, in a field full of great old time
fiddle players Bruce Molsky,
who plays it great.
And I don't think it's been really played
much in blue grass yet, but
I think it makes a great blue grass tune.
And that's one of the reasons why I wanna
show it to you,
also because it uses the Dorian mode
minor, one of those big minor scales.
And also does a lot of interesting things.
It, it's, like, it uses arpeggios, and its
got some extra beats in there.
And some really fun little bowing things.
So it sounds like this.
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So, that's what it sounds like.
That's kinda played through, we'll just
look at a couple of little places,
we have that.
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Right, so
we're starting with that long note.
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And then coming into the.
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So
that's a little tricky because you do
strong,
strong string crossing all the way across
the fingerboard.
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And
then we have that little lick with the
retake.
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And then back up.
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Instead of.
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We have.
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And
then we have this extra little beat where
we play basically the pick up.
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Again, so
it's like we use that, that note.
That little melody.
[MUSIC]
Right.
We have that.
At the beginning, it's sort of, as a
picker, but
in the middle of the repeat of the eight
part,
it actually becomes just an extra note in
the classic all time fiddle fashion.
We're just gonna get it in there, no
matter what.
I like the pick up, even though there's no
time to use it.
I'm just gonna make time, put that back in
there.
[MUSIC]
Right?
So that happens.
The, in the second part we have that nice
sweep across all four strings.
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So just let that note ring.
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I want everybody to try that.
We're holding down the D Flat and the G at
the same time.
Just going.
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Just try that.
Good.
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So come.
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That's very old-timey.
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Right?
So we have that.
Nice open E string.
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So we've got that.
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And then.
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That's kind of a nice little thing.
The, the same lick on both strings.
And then we have our barring across.
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With our second finger playing the F and
the C together.
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Which
that little section is actually the same
exact lick as in the first part.
So, you've already learned it if you've
learned that lick in the first part.
I'm gonna play this super slow, and
then I'm gonna play it again a little bit
more ferociously for
you so you have three different versions
of this to look at and play with.
So very slow.
One, two, three.
[MUSIC]
Cool.
So, you,
maybe you noticed that I was playing, even
though I was playing really slow,
I was still trying to put a lot of
rhythmic energy into the notes.
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And
remember we were talking about that little
pinch that we do.
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At the end of, beginning of every note.
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This is the kinda thing that,
even if you're playing it super slow, it's
still gonna give your playing a feeling
of drive, and then when you bring it back
up to a tempo that's fun, it's gonna even,
it's gonna still be there and it's gonna
give you even more rhythmic power.
You wanna keep that no matter how slow or
fast we're doing it.
I'm gonna play it at our goal tempo.
That means to get, the, the, the speed
that we eventually.
Want to be able to play that, its not
super fast, but
it does have a little bit of swing to it.
One, two, three.
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