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Fiddle Lessons: Playing in B

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Here's a little thought about
the dreaded key of B, which is kind of a
problem, it's kind of a bear,
but it's so important in blue grass.
B for blue grass.
really great way to approach playing a B
is to go up into that also equally dreaded
second position, right?
So and, and of course, second position is
where we put our first finger in the place
where our second figure would normally be,
if we were in first position.
All right so and B.
We have that,
our second figure's on the C-sharp [SOUND]
we're gonna move our first finger to the
C-sharp note on the A string.
So then, we go,
come back down to the, the D string here,
play our fourth finger on the B note.
So, what's happening,
is on the low, those low two strings,
which are usually a problem in B.
actually what we usually play on a high
two strings.
It's the same fingering.
So that makes things a little easier
And then,
of course, the top two strings, it's sort
of like playing in the key of A, right?
And one way to kinda work out in this
position is to just take a tune that we
would normally play in A and
then play it in the key of B in [SOUND]
the A position [SOUND].
So, something like if we played Bill
And of course, not having that open string
really makes it a little different.
But, it's it's great practice, and,
it just gives us another way to get around
easily in the key of B,
which can be kind of a pain in the butt,
ya know, especially on those low strings.
So, I'm gonna recommend that you spend a
little time,
a little quality time there in second
In fact,
yeah, Bill Cheatum would be a perfect
Try, try a little bit of Bill Cheatham
there in B in second position just just
because it's there.
You, you wont regret it.
I guarantee it.