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Fiddle Lessons: Double Stops: 3rds

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[MUSIC]
Okay.
One of the other, the,
the sorta most dreaded double stop of the
fiddle are the thirds.
And those are a beautiful sound, when
they're played well.
And they're, they're very, they're kind of
the, the, the,
the double stops that people think of when
they think of double stops in, in court.
It's the.
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Right?
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And we can have our major third.
And we have our minor third.
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Right,
you have the two different kinds of
thirds.
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We have the happy and we have the sad,
thirds and those are played all over the
neck, and
in bluegrass, that's one of the most
common, right there.
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Like a G, a G major.
Move it directly across, we get a a D.
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One of the nice things.
Oh, yeah, of course and C on the bottom.
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One of the nice things about these
particular third',s is that they can be
moved up.
And we call those inversions where you
take a chord, and
you change the notes but keep the same
chord, but change the notes on the chord.
You invert it.
You turn it upside down.
And so these, you hear a lot in bluegrass.
This kind of thing.
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And you go from this to.
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Back and forth.
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And there's a lot of sliding.
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Back down.
[MUSIC]
Again,
same thing on the A and E string, for the
D chord.
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Now,
these are not the easiest double stops to
do.
You really have to pay attention and get
comfortable with your hand position,
and spend quite a bit of time getting
those things to sound good.
Some people just have the ability to do
that immediately, but
most of us have to struggle for a while.
So, we have these positions with the first
and
third finger which are probably the
easiest to start out with.
And I think, again, you know,
the same technique is that we just try to
get comfortable, play the bottom note.
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And then just spend a little time just.
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Being there, with the pure sound and
double stop.
Being comfortable and letting our hand get
use to being there.
We also have our fourth and second finger
double stops.
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And those go straight across.
We can play those systematically.
An E type double stop.
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An A type double stop.
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And the D.
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All right we can make those minor.
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An A minor or an F, double stop.
Remember that F major is connected to the
that A minor key also connected to C.
These double stops could mean a lot of
different things,
and a lot of different keys, in a lot of
different context.
This is like an F major double stop.
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But this also could be like a D minor.
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Double stop.
So these, they're all multifaceted, you
know, they can go in different directions.
But, the point is that we're trying to get
these things to feel comfortable.
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And in tune.
Here's the C major.
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And then of course.
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Also we have double stops with open
strings, which are.
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A lot easier.
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And again,
we can do this kind of inversion business
where we go back and forth.
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This is handy.
Just getting comfortable with.
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It's sorta like
playing an arpeggio, all at the same time.
Something like that.
So, we have those.
We have different kinds of double steps up
here.
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We
could try making those kinda scales, third
double stops.
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G.
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Those kinda things.
The, this is not the easiest thing on
earth,
but it is masterable.
I've heard people do amazing things with
thirds.
And it's really worth the effort, you
know.
But the thing is, I wouldn't try to do all
your double stops in one day.
You know if.
Okay.
I'm gonna play a bunch of fourths.
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Oh, and the, now I'm gonna do my sixth.
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And, now I'm gonna do my thirds.
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I think it's great to just concentrate
on just a couple of little things if you
have the time to rehearse in one day.
And then, get something really
comfortable.
And just get one little thing,
comfortable,
where you can kinda rely on it, and go
back to it.
And then you know, cross that off your
list and go on to the next, thing.
And that is going to a lot more rewarding,
in the long run, than you know,
just trying to go do a bunch of stu, or
different things, and never quite
getting anything, because you don't have
the time to really delve into it, so.
Just this systematic way of approaching it
is, is really good.
And then of course we're gonna have all
kinds of tunes that
use these double stops, in the tunes.
And that's another way of course, of
really studying the double stops.
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