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Fiddle Lessons: The Mystery Note: "Salty Dog Blues"

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What is that note?
What is that chord?
In Salty Dog Blues it's a big mystery.
A lot of people play that second chord in
Salty Dog Blues as a C because
in the melody, it's a C right?
But it's not a C chord.
It's actually an E chord as we discussed
Now why?
There is a C natural fit in an E chord?
That's, there is our E chord, E major.
Let's play our E mixolydian.
Maybe that'll work.
That doesn't work either.
What is that?
Okay, so let's play and arpeggio an put
that C in and see what that, what happens.
Well, that sounds just like one of those
old rock and roll chords.
Like in Old Darling.
The Beatles or.
It's what we call an augmented chord and
it's built on a kind of a seventh type
And that's good because we're.
Goin' around the circle of chords and
when we do that we're usually using
seventh chords.
that's what that is, it's a very
sophisticated chords.
One of those sophisticated chords that
flash by in bluegrass.
A little bit like in Foggy Mountain
Breakdown when you have that
very sophisticated.
That the banjo was playing.
if we're improvising on that, we're
playing at a E seven.
You're gonna be using a G seven.
Or just simply play.
We can completely skip the C,
but if we're playing the melody, we gotta
put that C-natural in.
And we could play.
Using our third finger to play
the G-sharp.
So we could play.
There's our D7.
Something like that.
So, I hope that clears up a little bit of
that confusion around that one
mystery note in Salty Dog Blues.