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Fiddle Lessons: Sequence Tunes

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[MUSIC]
I
think it's time to get into one of my
favorite musical subjects.
Sequences and sequence tunes.
And of course, a sequence is a series of
musical licks that go up or down, and
so there's this same shape, and they keep
moving up moving down, something like-
[MUSIC]
Now
there's millions of these possible
sequences.
[MUSIC]
And
then some beautiful tunes that are based
on this kind of idea.
And for me, sequences have been a great
vocabulary builder and
a way to get comfortable playing a lot of
different melodies and
a lot of different places on the
fingerboard.
I know it's been great for other people
Sam Bush is a big fan of sequences.
That's really helped him play his amazing,
inimitable style.
And it's just a great great technique
builder.
Great vocabulary builder and
it's also a way to sort of make your solos
sort of coherent.
Basically coherent.
And of course, we have some of the
greatest tunes, most popular tunes,
are like sequence tunes.
They have a sequence that sort of is the
point of the tune.
Tunes like Blackberry Blossom.
[MUSIC]
Right.
Or Bill Cheatum.
[MUSIC]
Those kinda tune, Big Sciota.
[MUSIC]
If we follow that out-
[MUSIC]
Those kinda things are so great for
just developing your hand and sort of
giving yourself sort of a sense
of musical coherence for whatever kind of
thing you're playing.
Now obviously, that can be taken to an
extreme and then you're going-
[MUSIC]
[LAUGH] I've been known to play
all the way from the top of the instrument
down to the bottom of the instrument.
After a while, it's like, okay, when is he
going to stop?
But, as a musical device they are great,
incredibly useful.
So we're going to look at a couple of
these sequence tunes.
The most obvious, the three most obvious
are,
of course Bill Cheatham and Blackberry
Blossom and Big Sciota.
[MUSIC]