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Fiddle Lessons: Bowing: “Sally Anne”

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[MUSIC]
Hi, a little bit more on bowing here.
I'm going to go over a tune called Sally
Anne, and
we're gonna look at how up bows and
down bows work in relation to the upbeats
and the downbeats and.
You can use an up bow on a downbeat, or
you can use a down bow on an upbeat.
But generally, for fiddling, when we're
looking at you know,
just trying to keep the groove going, it's
usually best to try to generally,
try to keep the down bows on the downbeat
and the up bows on the upbeat.
And then we have a tune like Sally Anne,
which has a big anticipation.
It's one of those fiddle tunes, and
there's a whole bunch of these kind of
tunes that sort of drag you into the beat.
And then it always, it sounds like this.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
So that's, you can hear that one,
one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC].
So it's, it's that big anticipation.
[SOUND].
Is always dragging you into the one.
And that's, that's a great thing.
It's for groups that don't have drums.
Blue grass drums, things like that.
You can hear that a lot, you know the
banjo will go [SOUND].
That, that just feeling of just dragging
people into the beat,
and that's a great thing.
So one way to do this is you're going to
be playing
that anticipation of the beat with an up
bow.
And here we go.
[MUSIC]
You can see that-
[MUSIC]
-and this is a down beat right here.
[MUSIC]
And then again,
the anticipation is up bow.
[MUSIC].
And then the down bow, down beat is a.
[MUSIC].
Down.
Up.
[MUSIC]
So, we're just, if we break this down.
If we take away the notes.
Let's just take away the notes, and go.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
We could take away the notes and just
listen to the bowing pattern.
So we could sing it.
We could go one, two, thee, four.
[MUSIC]
So that's great, because it's,
it's a very simple pattern, even though
there's all this nice melody going.
So if we translate that into, you know,
that anticipation, it's up beat.
Two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Yeah.
And, you notice I'm doing a little bit of
work here with my right hand.
I'm just doing little pinchy stuff, you
know.
Just giving it a little bit of right at
the beginning of the note.
[MUSIC]
And then letting off so
that the bow dances a little.
[MUSIC]
You could go either way with this.
You could try it the other way, you could
try it with downbeat.
One, two, three, go.
[MUSIC]
So
now I'm playing the down bow on the
upbeat.
That's another way to do it.
But for now, let's just go back to that up
bow and upbeat.
Again, we'll play it super slow.
One and two and three and four.
[MUSIC]
We're gonna speed it up.
[MUSIC]
Let's try it on, the lower part of the
bow.
[MUSIC]
See,
the bow's giving me back a lot of energy.
It's, it's bouncing a little.
It's dancing in with me here.
So if I go up here I get a lot more
control.
It's not quite as lively.
[MUSIC].
We go one, three, and.
[MUSIC].
But it has a nice smooth quality that is
also rather attractive.
So let's put the notes back on.
Let's, let's go.
[MUSIC]
Two, one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
And then the second part, the B part,.
[MUSIC]
So let's try it with the backing track.
Maestro.
[SOUND].
One, two, three.
[MUSIC]
So that's very slow how, Sally Ann's
supposed to go.
So I think I'm gonna call for a video from
you guys to, I just wanna hear.
[MUSIC]
It's just a little bit of that.
I wanna hear how well your bow is dancing
and then, a little bit of the melody,
which, there is gonna be a PDF of that
that you can download.
Or you can just learn it by ear, which is
always better from what I just played.
So, yeah.
Have fun with that, and get that bow
dancing.
[MUSIC]