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Fiddle Lessons: Double Stops: 4ths

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The classic Bluegrass double stop,
which is the perfect fourth, fourth
interval right?
So, if we start with, for instance the D
note, one, two, three, four.
So we go count up four and we get this.
Now you are very familiar with this if you
listen to bluegrass.
We have that sound.
It's very compelling, it's very forceful,
it's the sound of the Bluegrass harmony.
And it's not, it doesn't really appear
very many other places in any other kind
of music, it's a very specific to
bluegrass sound.
It's very exciting, and when the fiddle
plays it,
it's like a flag going up, just like,
The bluegrass flag is hoisted.
So, it's very important to learn how
to play these, these, these open forest,
the forest double steps really well.
They're not the easiest double stops in
the world.
But they are masterable and again, it's
good to approach them systematically.
Obviously G, there's so much bluegrass
music in G.
Let's start with the G double stop, very
important one.
G on the top, D on the bottom.
So, let's get,
let's tune that around, let's play the
bottom note, D,.
Get that in tune.
Get comfortable.
And then find that G on the top.
Get that in tune.
And then play them together.
And make sure they ring together well.
You might get the D sounding good,
and the G sounding pretty good, but when
you play them together.
They don't sound good so
we just want to scooch off.
D, and then put the G on top.
We are looking for
that ring, that ring, the open D and G
strings are going to ring out.
When you finally
get that note to really ring and then we
just want to stay there for a while.
To let our hand get accustomed to being
in that place and again we're doing our
arm relaxation and just thinking about.
How does it feel when it feels good to
play this.
Looking for that.
Relaxed place in our hand.
Then go to when we play this note.
Now, the best way to do this is to play
your G, get comfortable with that.
Then go straight across.
Go over to.
It's gonna be a little different.
It's gonna feel a little different
because, it's a different place.
But it's gonna be, it's similar enough
that you can kinda get in.
Find that good,
relaxed position where the notes are
really ringing together.
And then go to the bottom two strings.
Do the same thing.
So we've got a G, double stop.
You got a C, double stop.
You get that, really.
then we've got an F double start down
Sounds good.
Okay, then do the same thing with the
first and second finger.
This is a nice, also an F double stop.
might be tricky because a lot of fiddles
have a funny.
There's some ringing, some odd ringing,
harmonies, harmonics, little tiny notes
inside the main note.
A lot of fiddles have this tone on the F.
So sometimes it's hard to get.
That F to ring with the C-string,
and you have to work a little longer.
To find it.
And then we go straight across to the B
F on the bottom, B flat on the top.
And then, again, to E flat.
We're gonna do the same thing with the B.
We're starting out F sharp.
And B.
It's very important.
Probably play a lot of B.
It's a very common double stop.
And of course we go to the.
Real problem, which is,uh.
These are.
we're using the fourth finger and the
third finger.
And this is one that is tough to get
again, we're dealing with the pinky
But it's super important.
So you have this a lot.
let's that is a hugely common sound in
It's really good to work on that a lot.
So again, getting comfortable with our
fourth finger.
Matching up that E note.
And putting.
There it is.
Thinking about the arm.
Taking it away.
Starting to get tense.
Again place.
Relax the arm, relax the fingers.
Till we get feeling good about that.
Do the same thing across the strings.
And just spending some quality time,
[SOUND] in each place, working on these
fourth double stops.
That is going to really help your blue
grass fiddle sound,
where you get comfortable with these these
particular shapes and
the way they, they work on the
fingerboard, so I'd recommend.
Possibly starting with these perfect force
double stops because that's what
you're really gonna be using a lot when
you're playing bluegrass.