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Fiddle Lessons: “Fisher's Hornpipe” - Key of F

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it's very important to be able to play
songs in a lot of different keys for
bluegrass music.
If we were just playing fiddle tunes, it
wouldn't be so, quite so
important but for bluegrass, we're always
moving keys around for the singer.
There are also a lot of fiddle tunes that
are played in different keys
normally Fisher's Horn Pipe comes to mind.
Most of the time when you encounter
Fisher's Horn Pipe,
it's gonna be in the key of D, right?
But there's a whole bunch of people that
play Fisher's Hornpipe in F.
In fact, it was probably, it may have been
originally written in F.
So, being able to trans, to transpose
stuff like that is very important and, and
certainly Fisher's which somebody might
call you on it and say,
oh well do you play in F.
It would be so nice to say, why yes, of
So let's just look at Fisher's Home Pipe
in F.
We know that
You know that that's what it sounds
like in D.
Let's find the very first note of Fisher's
Hornpipe is the one note.
So if it's in D, it starts on D.
That makes it a little easier.
Start it on F.
Let's do that one first half of the first
part one more time,
we can play the pick up.
And we can see that, perhaps the note, the
was originally written in that F because
it's got a nice, kind of, rocking.
Like that
That sounds really good in F.
Just the way the bow moves across the
Of course the second part very much like
the first part.
Except it comes back at the F and
orbits around F in order to resolve.
So, we have the whole the part sounds
One, two, three.
So that's, that's kind of a nice sound.
Definitely works in F.
When you go back to D, look at that second
So that's the, the part in D.
Now, this, this gets a little bit crazy
Whoa, now it has to go up to C.
How are we gonna do that?
What are we gonna do there?
We could go, we could go down.
For that first part of the second part.
Or we could,
because we are bluegrass musicians and we
can go all around the neck.
I just jumped up to second position there.
And now, this is our
opportunity to figure out where we're
going to go into this second position.
And second position, of course means that
our first finger
lands on the place where normally our
second finger would land.
So, if I play a C note on the A string
With my second finger, all of a sudden,
the second position, I'm gonna be playing
that C note on the a string,
with my first finger.
So, the trick is, where are we gonna go,
wanna go up.
Now, we could go, we could wait, to go up
there until, we have to hit that C note
Now that's, that can work.
You know, but it's a little bit you know,
it's gonna be like, you're
gonna be in emergency mode because you're
already playing your s, fourth finger.
On the, on the B flat note, and
then you're gonna have to slide the whole
hand up.
Leading with your fourth finger, and
that is just not the easiest thing, it's
not the most reliable thing to do.
So, let's find another place to go up.
And the cool thing is.
Oh, let's see.
There we go.
We're looking for an open string.
We looking for some kind of open string
that we can shift while we're
playing the open string so that there's an
invisible shift.
And there it is, right?
Early on in the B part we have the perfect
opportunity to get
into the second position.
Are there any later opportunities?
No, that's a good one right there.
that means we're doing a little bit more
forth finger action.
then we can come back down again at the
end of that phrase because you got like,
a long note there.
So what we're gonna do, we're gonna play
that pick up.
Shift there.
Now, if you wanted to go down there.
there's another E note we could go down
back there.
See I
shifted very sneakily while I was playing
that open E.
we could just stay up and exercise our
fourth finger.
And a stretch there.
And then shift.
For the second half.
So, we have the second part in total.
Here we go.
And that, my friends,
is Fisher's Hornpipe in F.