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Fiddle Lessons: "You Are My Sunshine"

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You are my sunshine one of the greatest
songs and a perfect tune to start with the
g scale, so.
The whole piece uses pieces of the G
scale, in fact, it's parts of this melody.
that's just a G scaled going right up from
to C.
And that's.
The G scale coming down so we're using a
lot of scales right even within the,
the actual song itself.
So great, great way to start.
So we don't start on a G note, though, to,
to begin the tune.
We start on an open D.
And then we go to the G.
So that's the first phrase, and we're
gonna just take it phrase by phrase.
So, we're gonna start with D, and it'd be
great to
say the names of the notes as you play
them, or in your head.
While you're playing just because we
really want to establish you know,
the names of the notes on the instrument
as soon as we can.
You know, because it's just very important
to because these notes, you know, we
can do it by shape but if you're going to
start playing with people you really need
to know the names of the notes, where they
are, so that, communication can happen.
So we're gonna start with the open D.
And then the G.
Third finger.
And then the open A.
We're gonna go way right over to the open
And then first finger B.
And then another B.
So it sounds like this.
I want you to play it with me right now.
We're gonna play it a little slower.
We're gonna play it.
One and two and go.
Right, so all separate bows.
I want you to try starting with an up bow
because the first note is on an up beat.
And by up beat, I mean that if we think
You know, if we, if we use our right hand.
Which is going to be on your left in this
If we use our right hand as a down beat.
One, two, one and two, and three, and
four, and five.
Then our left hand is going to be playing
up beats.
So when we think about that.
Up down, up down, down.
So, we're gonna start on an up bow.
On a one, and two, and go.
Let's do that a little bit slower.
One and two and go.
Right so.
Second phrase starting on the B-note.
Again I want you to start on up bow,
because again, it's almost exact, it is
the exact same phrase.
If we take away the notes, then just go
ba, da, da, da, da.
Ba, da, da, da, da.
Ba, da, da, da, da.
The first three phrases are exactly the
same rhythms even though they're
different notes.
So that's important to be aware of.
You know, what is the rhythm of that
Because that helps us because if we learn
that rhythm,
then we've learned the rhythms of the
first three phrases.
Eve, even if we learn one phrase, we know
all three phrases.
Now, there's gonna be differences because
we're crossing strings, we're playing
different notes with our left hand but we
can count on that rhythm being the same.
So, second phrase.
So again, fourth, up, up bow, playing on
the D note.
And open A.
Back to the B with our first finger.
then crossing string over to the G note.
And then another G note.
All right.
One, we're going to play that.
One and two and go.
One more time.
One and two and go.
Of course, those long notes,
they have a little bit longer bow.
Try to keep that bow moving and keep aware
of that, you want that bow going.
I know there's a lot to think about at
this point but, but try to keep aware of,
you know,
the bow going back and forth smoothly with
that, at leeast a little bent.
You're gonna move, tr, try to keep those
knuckles and write flexible.
So the bow is just sort of hanging from
our hand.
And that, we're not tensing up over here.
We're we're not, we're not gripping.
We're not holding this.
We're not, with our hand like that.
We're letting our chin fall gently on the
chin rest.
And not caring whether we get a double
chin or not.
It doesn't matter, it's just music.
And just letting the,
the wrist be a little bit open arched and,
and just plunging over like a wave.
Like one of those Japanese wave archings.
Boom right onto the finger board.
Just like that.
All right, great.
What's the third phrase?
It's the same rhythm, ba, da, ba, da, da.
So, we're starting with the G again.
[SOUND] Well this is the first time we're
starting with the G.
Before, we started with the D and then, we
started with the B.
So now we're starting with the G.
[SOUND] And then the A.
And then a B.
This is our scale, right?
Come up to the C.
And then going up to the open E.
We wanna make sure that open E is in tune.
This is a long note.
So let's try that together.
Here we go.
One and two, from G.
Long note.
Very long note.
One more time.
One and two and go.
Now, what's the next?
It starts with an open E.
all that practice we've been doing on the
descending G scale is gonna
pay off here because this is a big chunk
of the descending G scale.
Right, so we're starting from the open E.
And then D.
And then C.
So, again, we wanna keep that tight.
Loose between the third finger and the
second finger, and
tight between the second finger and the
first finger.
So there we go.
That's very simple.
It's actually a lot like all the other
phrases except it doesn't have another,
a long note.
And then, we've got a repeat of the,
the third phrase, right?
You'll never know dear,
how much I love you, right?
You'll never know.
So same notes, different words.
Okay, here we go.
From the G.
Two, three, and go.
Long note.
Long note.
And then coming back down.
this is just like that previous phrase,
where the skies are gray.
Except how much I love you,
has got an e, an extra note.
Back to the G.
So [INAUDIBLE] back to the G.
One more time on that.
One and two from E.
Long note.
And then we're almost home.
Last phrase, starting on the G, third
finger on the D string.
Two, three.
So that is, Please Don't Take My Sunshine
So if we could sing that with us
ourselves, that helps us know this.
We've sung it before, so here we go.
G, open A, B again, our old friend B.
Two, three, and this is a long note.
And then coming back to G, cross back to
G, and then the open A.
Long note.
And then short A.
And then F-sharp.
First time the F-sharp's happened.
And then the last note is on the G.
And there you have it.
So, let's play this along with the slow
guitar part.
And we're gonna go to our next lesson
We're gonna play this along with the slow
guitar backup track.
So You Are My Sunshine.
One more time.
All right.
So, go ahead, play with the, this video.
You can just slow it down even if you're
having trouble.
Sometimes it takes a while.
Don't be worried or, or you know, don't,
don't be upset if it's, if you need to
slow it down even more to really get it.
What, what's important is that you do get
it and then try it wi, at speed and
then we have also backing track that's a
little faster.
Also you can try it with that as well.
So and then of course you can like, just
download the backing tracks and
play along with the tracks by themselves
once you feel you really got
the thing under your belt.
And you know, take a look at the PDF if
you're a note reader.
If not, you can just stay with this and
keep an eye on those fingers and
this is gonna be, you know at this point,
you know, this is.
Remember that it's a lot of things going
You know, you're crossing strings,
you're playing different notes, you're,
some fingers are tight, some are loose.
It takes a, a while just to start
integrating that stuff and making sure
that you know, it's just having it all
filtered down into your you know,
nervous system rather than having to think
consciously about everything.
But it, it will happen you know, if you do
You just have to do it again and again and
Just like everything else that we learn
how to do.
Isn't that right Chubby?
Yeah, that's right.