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Fiddle Lessons: Closed Keys: Using that Pinky!

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Okay, closed keys.
What are closed keys?
Closed keys are keys that you play in,
on the fiddle where you are not using any
open strings.
That means you're using your pinky.
You're using that fourth finger.
For instance, major scale like A flat.
Go ahead and find A flat on the G string.
You can't go.
Unless you're a very old style,
old time, fiddle player you want.
I'd say spend
a little time playing through just one
octave in these kind of.
then play all the way across all four
Try another closed key.
Try B-flat.
Or E-flat.
Or D-flat, the dreaded D-flat.
Then try a fiddle tune that you usually
play in an upper key, like Salt Creek, try
Salt Creek.
So we would play it, let's play it in A
flat, so I'll take an A flat.
That's interesting, let's see, so.
All right, so then you go.
So all the string crossings are a little
You, sometimes you cross the string
Sometimes you wait longer, but this is
gonna really put you in the zone where
you're really starting to think about
being able to float around on the neck and
not have to worry so much about where you
are, you can start getting much
freer about where you are on the neck when
your pinky is ready for action.
And of course part of that, just making
sure that your arm is around so
that your pinky is right there ready to
go, you don't want it hanging out
here under the fingerboard while you're
trying to play.
[LAUGH] That doesn't work so well.
So go for some closed keys now, why not.
See you do that.
Well, I won't see you do that, but
hopefully you'll be doing it anyway.