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Fiddle Lessons: Major Arpeggios

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[MUSIC]
Let's
get a little deeper into the arpeggio land
here.
We're going to look at some of those
arpeggios we were talking about, and
just mash them up with those numbers.
We have our maj, our scale numbers.
Now so, we can just think if we're like in
the key of D for
instance we think, one
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Three.
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Five.
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And we talked about that earlier but,
just seeing that like, these arpeggios
tend to build themselves on every other,
every other number, all right?
So we go.
One.
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Three.
[MUSIC] Five. [MUSIC]
Put a seven in there.
Seven.
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One.
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So we have those kind of things.
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And then we can, walk up.
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We can build all kinds of arpeggios off
notes of the scale, up and down.
And we can also just get very comfortable
with the arpeggios.
As elements of filling out fiddle tunes.
We did Soldier's Joy in the beginning.
I think you're familiar with Soldier's Joy
now.
Let's say.
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Now we could do this a little bit
more busy.
We could put more arpeggios in there.
We could go.
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Which is very nice,
it really gives you, kind of gets the bow
going.
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Again, the arpeggios start on the last
part.
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We're just walking those arpeggios down.
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Right, that's one, three, one,
three and then.
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We
could keep that going, just for the sake
of argument.
We wouldn't want to, maybe to put it in to
tune.
But if we wanted to think, okay well what
ha,
what would happen if I just kept going
with those
those arpeggios, what would it sound like?
[MUSIC]
We're just playing little baby arpeggios,
walking down through a D major scale.
What's cool about just the way the violin
works, is that this turns out to
be mostly, almost always just like, if
we're talking about our finger numbers.
One.
[MUSIC] Three.
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One.
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Three.
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Open.
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Two.
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Open.
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Two.
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Three.
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One.
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Three.
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One.
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Two.
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Open.
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Two.
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Open.
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So there is a nice sort of very
mathematical, very logical movement where
we're just
using odd numbered fingers and even
numbered fingers.
It's a very nice, beautiful thing about
the way the instruments tune
that makes some things very easy in,
in terms of just going through different
kinds of arpeggios.
So, that's definitely something you could
like go back to Soldier's Story and
dress up your Soldier's Story by putting
in those extra arpeggios.
Again.
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Which is very nice.
So, there's so many tunes that, that use
arpeggios.
And one of them, another great tune that
gets played a lot in bluegrass,
and it's also very popular in Texas
fiddling, is called Gray Eagle.
And of course, in Texas-style fiddling
Gray Eagle has about ten,
11 different parts that cycle through and
maybe there's some improvisation on it.
And bluegrass usually it's played with
just two parts,
sometimes more, but I'd just like to show
you a couple of
the parts of Gray Eagle which use some of
that arpeggio stuff.
So, Gray G, Gray Eagle is an A.
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There's actually,
the A part first part kind of goes down,
it goes between
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On those bottom three strings, so
it starts with two notes that go up to the
open A.
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And then we have a little.
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So, here's what it sounds like.
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So we have a.
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And then we have a little.
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Just practice that.
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I'm using my fourth finger.
I could go to the open A but
then I'd have to jump all the way from the
open A down to the bottom.
It's not as much fun if, as if we just go.
[MUSIC]
That's a great mm,
work and you'll probably use that in other
tunes in a sort of a solo thing later on.
So, let's just look at that again.
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Trick is to get that right, of course slow
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So, altering notes are in a, try it as an
up bow, in one up bow
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And it all comes down right.
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Down low.
So.
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Right,
so there's a lot of arpeggio stuff going
on.
Play that really slow.
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So, that is the first part of Gray Eagle.
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You notice at the,
the beginning of each part is is a, is
pretty much the same, so we got.
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And that's a lovely little tag.
There's so many little, little tags like
that in fiddling.
There's you know,
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or,
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Which is sort of the,
your basic tag 101 there.
And then of course the Great Eagle tag.
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There's so many, so many of those little
tags.
All right and you can learn them all.
But this Grey Eagle is.
[MUSIC]
All right.
Now, the second part, the B part of Grey
Eagle has got more arpeggios in it.
And they're all on.
That it's just in this one little area.
It starts.
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And then.
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So that is a lot of mix, going up and
down, up and down.
So we'll play it again
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All right.
And then.
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Another slightly different tag.
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So
all that put together is, sounds like
this.
Play it slow.
One, two, three, four.
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The second part.
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So that is some serious arpeggios.
Go ahead and rewind as many times as you
need to get that.
And remember, we're gonna have a PDF up of
this stuff.
And you can refer to that also.
So that's a little bit of Gray Eagle.
There's some more parts and
we'll get to that probably later in the
intermediate or advanced.
You can look that up.
If you've already got this stuff together,
you can go forward, find Gray Eagle Part
Two.
But I would recommend just really looking
at this what we have on the tune,
cuz that's a lot of, that was a big
handful of arpeggios.
That are all backwards and forwards.
So check it out have fun it's a great tune
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