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Fiddle Lessons: Backing Up a Singer "New River Train" with Scott Law

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[MUSIC]
All right,
we are here with great guitarist, Scott
Law, who plays guitar in my group,
The Republic of Strings, and we also do
duets all over the country.
So it is really nice to have a duet here
with Scott and me.
Palatial Artistbook Studios.
Exciting to be here and
Scott's going to help us out with some
issues around backing up.
Backing up a singer, backing up a guitar
player.
So we were thinking about some of the main
rules that you would want to use in your
conscious, kind of, guidelines that would,
would help you back, back up a singer.
And, one of the, probably the main rule, I
think, Sky, what would you think?
You know, just probably, just kinda stay
outta your way, right?
Just don't play the same notes, is what
you're saying?
>> Mm-hm.
>> That's a good idea.
Don't try to compete with you on the
melody.
So in a way that could translate into very
kind of
a very country kind of a role that says
when you,
the singer, is moving or any of the lead
instruments,
when you the lead person is moving,
singing, going up and down.
Don't move.
And when you stop moving, where you've
stopped singing or
stopped playing then that's when the
backup player can move more.
So it's just move or don't move.
And, so it's kind of, kind of a way of
thinking about things that
are sort of inside out from how you would
normally think if you were playing a lead.
Cause all the places where you stop
playing if you were playing a lead,
you would start playing with, if you were
starting back up.
So we're gonna try a little tune called
Moon River Train,
which is perfect for this because its got,
little phrases and then they stop,
so you can see how that works with moving
and not moving.
So I'm gonna be moving between Scott's
raises and
I'm going to have to try and land on a
good note.
That's all, another thing,
if you land on a weird note that's going
to be confusing for Scott.
You're trying to start in a note, right.
And if I'm playing some kind of weird note
that's not in the chord
that you're trying to sing in, that's
gonna distracting and
it might make the performance worse and
then I might get fired.
That would be bad, bad for everyone.
[LAUGH] So, let's try a little bit of
this.
I think we'll start with New River Train,
and I'll play a little solo, and
then you sing the verse and the chorus and
I'll back you up there.
So, let's try this New River Train.
One, two, three.
[MUSIC]