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Fiddle Lessons: Minor Arpeggios

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we did the major arpeggios, kind of got
into that pretty deeply.
So let's do a little bit more on the minor
just to keep everything in balance.
We're gonna do a tune that I kind of grew
up with.
It's called Minor Swing.
It's not really bluegrass, but it gets
played a lot by bluegrass groups,
and it's just one of those kinda crossover
tunes that seems to have made it into
the bluegrass repertoire to some extent.
And it's fun to play on, it's a very loose
kinda tune.
This is this is a tune that is,
was sort of adapted from the original
Minor Swing
which was written by Django Reinhardt and
Stéphane Grappelli.
And that was, that was an original version
of that which happened to be in A minor.
And it didn't really have a huge melody.
It was, it was actually just this collect,
selection of chords.
And then the only real melody happened
right at the end of the whole piece,
and David Grisman, my old boss
sort of adapted that original melody to
And now and, and he had some help from
some of the other people in his,
that were in his band at that point.
And so it it's just one of those really
nice sort of it's kind of a folk
version of Minor Swing, which is actually
a lot more fun to play than the original.
Because it's got more interesting chords,
it does have a great minor arpeggio
melody, and
of course, it's in the key of D minor
mostly, so we have-
Right, very simple.
then I would play those last double A's
with a couple of up bows.
Right, double up.
And then goes to like a G minor arpeggio.
Same exact phrasing, just different notes.
And then to A.
And we can see that-
It looks like
we're gonna be playing out of somewhat to
the extent of that harmonic minor.
Remember that harmonic minor?
That's gonna
sound really good over this Minor Swing
So, again.
And then G minor.
Then A.
And then there's a little stop.
We wait for the bass player to do
something fancy.
And then we do it again, same thing.
this tunes form is the A, and then the A
repeats, like I just did.
And then there's a little B section.
Instead of like, a fiddle tune where
there's A, and then it repeats in a B
rhythm, repeats, it's more like kind of a,
what they call a 32-bar song form.
Which means there's an A that repeats, and
then the B repeats, and then the A comes
back for one time, and then the whole
thing cycles over again, so we get this.
So what happens during the beat?
Usually when it's played, there is
actually no set melody.
It's just a set of chords.
But we could put a little arpeggio melody
on the chords.
We could go the first chord in the second
part is a G minor chord.
We could just play that.
And then, going to the A chord.
Let's put a A7 in there.
Remember from our numbers,
when I say seven, I mean a Mixolydian type
seven and dominant seven-
Cuz we have the lowered.
We have that nice.
Rock n' roll kind of sound.
the back to the home key, which is the D
There's a little bit more of that key, so
it gives us a chance to play two times
through the arpeggio.
And then, again, G minor.
A little bit more of that.
We can play that twice.
And then, a bar of E7.
Start with the E.
So we've got the E.
We play the-
And then one bar of A7.
Two bars of A7.
And then back to the original A, repeating
only once.
this a really little arpeggio workout
It's very nice, and it's, it's good to
start thinking about arpeggio's in the
context of changing chords.
And of course, we'll be coming up, coming
up on chord section and
we're gonna be all, talking all about that
because that's a clue,
you know, to, to how we're gonna play.
What notes we're gonna play in any given
we're gonna be looking to what the chords
are, and so
we know what to play when we're making
stuff up.
So let's just go through this one more
time, Minor Swing.
You got those-
Same lick, different key, G minor.
Pretty much the same lick,
and the key of A.
Little wait,
while we wait for the bass player or
somebody to fill.
[SOUND] Repeat.
[SOUND] Here's the B part.
G minor.
D, two bars in D minor.
And then another a bar of G minor.
Another bar of G minor.
And then a bar of E7.
And then two bars of A7.
Back to the A part.
So Mike, Mike Marshall is gonna come in,
and we're gonna play this for you, so you
can get an idea of how this all flows.
It's all these nice minor arpeggios.
And here's a little bit of that Minor
Remember, check out how I'm making the
fronts of notes very clear.
One, two, one, two, three.