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Fiddle Lessons: Basics of Improvising - Phrasing

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[MUSIC]
A little bit more on soloing here.
Let's talk about phrasing a little bit.
You know obviously, it's kind of an
obvious thing to talk about but,
some of the things about bluegrass and
fiddling in general,
do tend to distract us from the idea that
we can phrase stuff.
Just wanting to play a lot of notes.
[MUSIC]
That's a great sound.
But if we're talking about like,
developing solo,
it's probably just a part of, you know,
whatever solo we would be doing.
Really, what's is really gonna get people
is, is being able to phrase.
You know, and that means that we're like,
thinking about what song is.
If we're thinking about whatever song.
[MUSIC]
Right?
You know, we wanna make those phrases
crisp.
[MUSIC]
So, what is that phrase?
[MUSIC]
We just take away the notes.
[MUSIC]
Right?
That's pretty good.
That has a kinda a [INAUDIBLE] to it.
[MUSIC]
And we could like,
we could sing it a little bit more.
[MUSIC]
Right?
Or.
[MUSIC]
That's a great bluegrass phrase.
It sounds exactly like bluegrass.
[MUSIC]
Right?
So, then we start plugging in different
notes.
Okay, we've got, we've got the notes that
sort of go with.
[MUSIC]
My Little Blue Eyed Darlin', for instance.
[MUSIC]
So, let's try some other notes.
[MUSIC]
I guess
that's just something in a different key.
It's in, in D sort of.
Let's see.
Let's try.
[MUSIC]
I didn't even know what
key I was gonna start in, but I just
thought, okay, well,
I'll just go down by half steps for
awhile, and see where I end up.
This is a great kind of exercise, is,
taking any phrase, just sing a phrase.
[MUSIC]
Right?
Something that sounds good.
[MUSIC]
And then, put some notes in there.
[MUSIC]
Right, all the same rhythmic phrase, but
just plugging in different notes.
And that, can really get your playing
going, and
it's also a great way for, like,
developing your improvising skills.
This is something that's kinda been on my
mind a lot.
Trying to help people get their
improvising together and saying,
well, you could play a G major scale, and
then you could play a C major scale.
And then, you know, so you have to know
your scales, but then what do I play?
Do I just play a G major scale?
[MUSIC]
Being able,
just thinking about some phrases like
this, could really help,
you know, just plugging different notes
into the same phrase, you know.
[MUSIC]
Right?
[MUSIC]
Another great blue grass phrase.
[MUSIC].
[MUSIC]
[LAUGH] There it is.
[MUSIC]
Obviously you wouldn't
wanna play the exact same phrase for a
solo necessarily but
it's just a great way of like, getting
some different notes going.
Playing around with notes and different
keys, and
just having a string way of, you know,
playing a melody.
You know, and that's so important for, for
improvising that you get a good,
good phrase going.
You know, that's what usually gets lost,
in a lot of this improvising,
is that people just de, you know, they
just go back to.
[MUSIC]
But if you start phrasing.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Then, people really start listening,
you know, they start relating to what
you're doing, and
one nice thing is that the band, can
really grab onto what you're doing,
and really help you play better, play
more, so yeah.
I would like to actually hear some
phrasing, actually,
I'm gonna put out a call for videos.
I'd like you to come up with a phrase,
just a little one bar phrase.
[MUSIC]
Or something like that.
As you sing it.
[MUSIC]
And then play, eight variations.
[MUSIC]
That was four.
Wa, wanna hear eight, eight in a row, just
different notes.
It doesn't even have to be that great.
I just I just wanna hear you work through
different note iterations of a phrase.
So, let's, yeah, let's see what you come
up with.
This is, could be interesting, and I think
it's going to help everybody.
[MUSIC]