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Fiddle Lessons: "Farewell Blues"

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So here's a great thirds workout.
Those thirds double stops.
This is a very demanding tune.
I know you can do it and
if we just take the time to really figure
this out, it's gonna be great.
It's a wonderful tune, it actually comes
from the the New Orleans tradition,
it's kind of a, one of those early jazz
You can hear brass bands in New Orleans
playing this tune, and
it got brought into the bluegrass.
By the great Earl Scruggs, who, listened
to a lot of that stuff.
So you have all this New Orleans music
coming into bluegrass,
by way of the banjo players.
So, let's look at this.
All right,
so we've got these thirds happening.
We've, we're gonna go up to second
position, right?
We're gonna find the C.
You know, with our first finger on the A
All right?
There is our C.
we'll put our first finger on there and
we're gonna go up and find.
The E note with our third finger and
then move our first finger over to the E
string and play the G.
We're gonna make that a beautiful sound.
that might take a little while to just
locate those notes.
Make sure you've got that low note first.
Match it up with the, the open string.
And then come in with a high note.
There's our beautiful sound.
And make sure you've got, you got to spend
some quality time there.
[SOUND] With that note just letting your
hand become accustomed to that position.
And then we move the whole thing down a
half step.
And then one more half step.
Again, taking the time with each position
to make sure that we're playing in tune.
So that's,
that'll take a little time right there.
That might take 30 or 40 minutes to work
through that but
it's gonna be time well spent because
there's plenty of other places in other
tunes that you're also gonna be playing
those double stops.
And you're practicing all kinds of other
stuff while you're practicing these
And then of course the last one.
And so we come out.
We have a little bit of
a grace note here with our fourth finger
and our second finger.
If we look at that,
it's like a tight there.
And loose there so
it actually falls very well with our
natural hand position.
And that just is a little bit of a.
And then down.
There's our safety position there.
So, then we have a sixth.
Nice open fifth,
then back to our thirds, we have a D, a D
type chord.
And then up one half step,
everything moves up exactly a half step
And here's the tricky part.
Back to the C, we are already on G.
With our first finger on the high note, so
then all we have to do is move.
Our third finger up one half step.
To the E.
So it sounds like this.
And the second part is kind of down.
We just have a little shuffle.
We don't have to do much.
We just play.
All right it;s a third,
another third is like a minor third,
Just for playing aG, B flat.
And then back to that same.
So let's take a little time and
work on those positions.
Find your beautiful notes.
So here's Farewell Blues.
Remember, we're gonna start in second
So we don't have to slide up and
find that double stop.
Okay, one, two, three.