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Fiddle Lessons: “Golden Eagle Hornpipe”

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[MUSIC]
Here's
a great tune called The Golden Eagle Horn
Pipe.
And it's got some interesting little
things to it.
Little problems to solve.
It's using a lot of arpeggios.
And just going up the arpeggio ladder.
[MUSIC]
Right and then comes down again.
[MUSIC]
All kinds of nice arpeggios there.
This second part has got some interesting
things in it.
It's got a technique where we're going to
be shifting back and forth.
We're shifting up.
[MUSIC]
Ba ba ba da ba ba.
And then we shift during a little lull in
the action.
We have a breath.
We shift to the second position.
[MUSIC]
And we come back down by kinda a stretch.
We're stretching.
[SOUND].
We go.
[MUSIC]
Still in second position.
[MUSIC]
And then we stretch backwards.
[MUSIC]
So we're actually,
if we want to slow this down.
This is a great thing to do is you just
isolate to that moment,
that problem moment where we're actually
making that shift.
[MUSIC]
What is exactly going on with our hand.
We're stretching with our third finger.
Which is, remains in second position for a
very short time.
[MUSIC]
Which is playing the E note.
And then we're stretching back with out
finger to play the F-sharp note,
which is in the third position.
[MUSIC]
So it's that
[MUSIC]
If we plays those notes together.
[MUSIC]
And then when it happens for
a very tiny moment so like a fraction of a
second.
But if we let our hand sit there for a
second
[MUSIC]
And then
[MUSIC]
And then we bring our
third finger back into first position to
play the A note.
You see how that feels.
[MUSIC].
You can kinda get a sense of how that
really feels.
If we try to race through that and
fluff it over it's never going to be
right, so we want to.
As painful as that is.
[MUSIC]
And that's just that little moment, there.
[MUSIC]
Then
everything shifts back into first
position.
Okay, let's try the Golden Eagle Horn
Pipe.
One, two, three.
Go.
[MUSIC]
So let's try that a little quicker.
Just to give us a little bit more
propulsion on this,
now that we've played it very squarely and
clearly.
[SOUND] One, two, a one, two, three
[MUSIC]