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Fiddle Lessons: Transposing Tunes Around Keys

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of the best things you can do for yourself
in your personal
fiddle vocabulary is to just move tunes
that you know around keys.
Try them in different keys.
And you don't even have to do the whole
tune, you know,
you might just take a little bit of a
What you wanna do of course,
is get very comfortable with whatever
transposition you do.
So you might want not to just do struggle
through a whole tune in a different key,
but a tune that's kinda easy like Old Joe
Would be very easy to move that up to B
So, even if it, if you didn't wanna go
through the whole thing,
just a little piece of one, in C, for
Let's see.
In fact, we can go down here.
just that first lick in Old Joe Clark.
Taking it
through all the different keys, all the
different places you can play it.
Then you have a lick.
That you can just lift right out of
the tune and you have a nice little lick
that you can use anywhere.
Like that kinda thing.
even just the first part of a tune or of
some middle part of the tune,
something is gonna catch your ear and
catch your attention.
We'll kind of be able to move that around
and you know,
maybe we'll just start using that as part
of your personal fiddle vocabulary,
you can move everywhere.
And that said of course, we can do the
whole tune in a different key.
That's pretty cool.
You never know when some
singer's gonna wanna sing that fiddle tune
in some weird key like D flat.
Although that's probably a rare
So, yeah, and while we're at it.
And let's look at that tune, Old Joe
You know?
Just the idea that we could move that
also suggests the idea that we can, like
decorate it.
We can play it a little bit more fancy.
We could play it something like this.
I'm, I'm just gonna play a little bit of a
fancier version of old Joe Clark.
And I'm gonna.
I'm gonna use that fourth finger.
So there's a lot of different things that
can happen with a simple tune like that,
some of the ways that you can open that up
is try moving that around.
Both in the key, or even playing in the
same key with different fingerings.
You could go up and play it and see what
it feels like in third position.
Something like
that where you're playing up to third,
again, playing it in second or whatever.
So something that's really fun to try
especially with simpler fiddle tunes is
to move them into different keys or apply
them in different positions.