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Fiddle Lessons: "Dark Hollow"

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[MUSIC]
We're
going to introduce a tune here that we're
going to be working with a lot.
During the whole lesson cycle here.
It's a big favorite, great bluegrass
standard, called dark hollow.
I'd rather be in some dark hollow, where
the sun don't ever shine.
Than to be in some big city, in a small
room, with you on my mind.
So blow your whistle freight train.
[SOUND] Take me far down the track.
I'm going away, I'm leaving today, I'm
going, but I ain't coming back.
Thank you.
So, this has beautiful melody.
One of the interesting things about the
melody, its got a A part and a B part and
they're almost exactly the same, so we're
gonna condense the A part into the B part.
The B part is the A part and the A part is
the B part, and that's about it.
So let's just play the tune, I'm gonna
play the tune with the back in track and
then we'll talk about some things that
we're gonna do with it.
One, two, three.
[MUSIC]
We're gonna play now, play Dark Hall in E.
We're transposing.
Now, unlike our previous transpositions
where we're playing
the same fingering all over the finger
board we are going to play these.
Each of these four different hand keys.
We're gonna start with Dark Hollow in E,
which means that the tonic note.
It's gonna be in the key of E, so we're
gonna be playing E with our first finger.
So we're gonna play that melody.
[SOUND] In first position in the key of E,
so we're going to be using all different
fingers for the same notes.
Okay, here we go.
One, two, three.
[MUSIC].
All right.
So here we go.
We're gonna now play it in F, so this in
the key of two.
Our second finger is gonna be.
[MUSIC]
Right?
So.
One, two, three
[MUSIC]
Great, all right.
So, you notice that all these different
fingers sort of bring out different
feelings in, in the same notes.
We're playing, different kind of feelings
and different
slight just ways the melody falls under
our fingers is very different.
Now we're gonna do a little tricky one.
It's actually very similar fing, finger to
what we did in F.
But we're gonna do it in B.
So we're gonna find.
[MUSIC]
The B down on the G string.
And there's a little bit of stretching.
We're gonna do this in a very closed
position.
[MUSIC]
So let's try this in B.
B.
One, two, three.
[MUSIC]
Great, and so we've got one more.
Starting on the
[MUSIC]
Right, so starting on the third finger, so
we'll be playing this in C, we'll just get
it down here,
on, again we find the C note on the G
string.
One, two, three.
[MUSIC]
So all these different fingerings.
Kind of have a different feel, a different
approach to the melody.
They, they all have their strengths, where
we feel strong.
The melody comes out really well.
Strong finger, and then there's all these
different places where they say oh well,
we might not be that great.
A little weak place with our fourth
finger, maybe things like that.
So that is a great way to expose places
that we need to work on and our
fingering and string crossing and things
like that but mostly I think fingering.
So, I want you to go again through all of
these different keys
as many times as it takes to feel
comfortable in all of them.
And then, I would like you to go ahead and
send me a video of you playing just the
one chorus
of Dark Hollow in D, E, F, B, and C.
And we'll see how it's going.
Give you some feedback on that.
[MUSIC]