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

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