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Fiddle Lessons: “Beaumont Rag”

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[MUSIC]
Here's
the Beaumont Rag straight from Beaumont,
Texas.
Great little fiddle tune.
One of the reasons we're doing it is
because of this
great little circle of fourths lick.
It's a one, six, two, five with a little
extra added excitement in there.
It's a flurry of chords right at the end
of the cycle.
And it's easy to play over it, you can
actually play over it
the actual melody is pretty simple and
doesn't really cover the exact chords.
But it's really good to know what those
chords are and
be able to just play through them one at a
time slowly.
And that little flurry starts with a G
chord.
So we play a little arpeggio.
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And then a G-Sharp diminished.
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And then D.
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And then B.
And then E.
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And then A.
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Back to our home key of D.
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And, of course,
Beaumont Rag is also played in the key of
F.
We're gonna play it in D today.
Which is where most Bluegrass musicians
play it.
So here's Beaumont Rag, we're gonna play
it at a kinda a nice walking tempo cuz
it gets hot down there in Beaumont.
We're not gonna unduly strain ourselves.
So, Beaumont Rag.
One, two, three.
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