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Fiddle Lessons: "Brushy Fork of John's Creek"

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[MUSIC]
All
right we've got another great tune here
that is also very much in this
kind of shuffly, very rhythmic style and
very nice.
A very simple melody but when you combine
it with that
rhythmic bowing it really gets going, and
it hardly even needs accompaniment.
But let's look at it, it's call the Brushy
Fork of John's Creek,
which meaning, of course, that John's
Creek has a fork coming
into it which has more leaves in it.
And so this is definitely sort of a brushy
tune.
We're going to use our brushy rhythmic bow
to make this feel like a brush folk.
I'm going to give you a little bowing
expertise before we
get into the actual notes We're going to
go.
Again, we're gonna get down in the balance
of the bow.
Right down here.
It's like, here's our upper half.
We're gonna like go below our lower half.
We're gonna find that balance point.
[MUSIC].
Right?
We're looking for
that place where the bow is gonna give you
back.
[MUSIC]
A little energy so
you don't have to do as much work with
your finger and thumb.
[MUSIC]
And, we're gonna go.
[MUSIC]
So
I wanna do this in rhythm as
[MUSIC]
We can just say this.
[MUSIC]
Right, so progressively more rhythm, more
feeling, groove feeling.
And we can do this also with the
metronome.
I've got it set to 84 right now.
Again we're thinking about maybe we can do
it on both [INAUDIBLE] beat but
let's get the metronome happening on the
back beat again so
one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two.
[MUSIC]
All right,
so, that is a great little tempo.
If it feels fast, slow it down.
Take it down to 66.
Remember, find that part of the bow first.
[MUSIC]
Where you're going
to get a little bit of energy back.
[SOUND] One [SOUND] two [SOUND] three
[SOUND] four [SOUND]
[MUSIC]
All right.
So, just get comfortable with that.
And then we're looking at the melody which
goes up on the E string.
Have, again we have a little two note pick
up.
[MUSIC]
That's the whole first part.
[SOUND] Again we have a little two note
pick up here.
[MUSIC]
Very slow.
[MUSIC]
So we're playing with that G note.
[MUSIC]
All right?
[MUSIC]
This is with the actual lick.
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That's a nice little touch,
you go the G sharp.
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And to the G natural.
That repeats and it's got that bow thing.
[MUSIC]
Right?
So, and then the the second part it's got
kind of a little
syncopation.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
So that down beat,
I'm going to set the downbeat on the meter
notes so you can hear.
[SOUND] So now the metronome is setting
the downbeat for
us one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Right, so we have that little,
sounds a little bit like it's tilted over.
And then we have that double up.
[MUSIC]
Where
our four finger in is playing with the E.
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Notice those both up bows.
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Try it.
Great.
And then we have there's a third part
which is very nice,
it's just
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Right, we just go across all three
strings, we hold first finger down.
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And then.
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And at its slowest.
[MUSIC]
So, put them all together, and
you have this beautiful tune, that we're
really, it really, it makes it,
if we keep this
[MUSIC]
And again,
we can practice it just like that with our
metronome, without the notes, just that.
[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
When you get into that bowing with me it
gets very hypnotic.
And beautiful even though the tune itself
is very simple.
And here's Brushing Fork of John's Creek.
One, two, three, four.
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