One fun thing to do with just playing
As long as we're talking about you know,
moving around through keys and
things like that.
This is just take a standard bluegrass
melody something like Blue Eyed Darling
which is also the same as In Love With
Another Man one of those kind of tunes and
just move it right up through the keys.
Just play one chorus right up through
you can handle which, probably starting
Seems like a good key to start with.
So if we start with something like, yeah,
That, that melody.
And we just move it up through G.
And then we move to A, then B-flat, and
And just try to keep the character of the
melody, but we,
each key is gonna suggest certain
different little tricks that we can do.
Ornaments, things like that, which will
sort of set,
set the, the melody off for the key that
And that's, that's, it's just a nice way
to just kinda run all that stuff and
get comfortable with relationships of
intervals, things like that.
You know, all that abstruse kinda stuff
that translates into
just being able to play your instrument
So let's just do that, let's, let's start
Yeah, that sort of blue eyed, in love with
another man darlin, sweetie thing.
Okay, which is.
So, that was all the way from G up to F.
What did we do?
We did G, the only one we skipped, I
think, was A-flat, didn't do A-flat.
You can go back and do A-flat.
I guarantee there,
almost never be a time in bluegrass where
you play in the key of A-flat.
So, we skipped it.
But we did go from G to A to B-flat to B,
two very different keys,
even though they're just a half-step apart
up to C, and then D and then E-flat,
which occasionally gets played, and then,
of course, E, and then F.
And just playing around with the melody.
Obviously, I did not stick close to the
But the idea that each key has its own
little tricks that you can
explore is a nice feature for that, that
kind of thing.
Just getting used to the relationships of
the different notes in the different keys.
And when you're doing this it's legal
[LAUGH] to stop.
And if you find something that you wanna
work out or
explore some kind of lick that's always
You know, there's two different ways to do
it, you know,
someplace where you're actually stopping
at various points along the way and
really looking at little details.
Or, another thing, another way where
you're just powering through and
just making it happen just in the way that
you might have to do when you're on stage.
You can't really stop and say, oh wait,
you know, I,
I wanna look at this one thing.
You can't do that on stage, but you can do
it at home.
So, two different approaches to that.
And I think I'm gonna that would be
I'd, I'd love to hear how you all might
wanna do this too.
Take a melody, very simple bluegrass
melody like that, for instance,
that melody we just played.
And go, take it through the keys.
You might wanna start.
Add a different key if you started a D and
move that up all the way to C or something
Just take it up all the way through the
keys stopping at different places
along the way and just one phrase, you
one time through the melody in each key
and then like,
just move right through all the probably,
usually about eight different keys.
So, that would be an interesting video to
And I think everybody would be interested
in, in seeing something like that.
So yeah, if you feel like it why don't you
send in something like that.
Just take a bluegrass melody, one time
through the melody in each key,
moving up through the keys.