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Fiddle Lessons: "Chinquapin Hunting"

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[MUSIC]
One, two, three and.
[MUSIC]
All right.
That is Jacob Hunting in the key of D.
Now there's another version of the same
tune,
well actually it's two different, entirely
different tunes with the same name,
one is Jacob Hunting in the key of A.
But this is the one in the key of D which
most Bluegrass musicians play and
it's it's got some notes.
It's a little bit complicated, but I know
that you can do it.
Now we're gonna do it slow.
This tune sounds good, slow.
Unlike some other tunes which only sound
good fast.
But this is a great slow tune so I think
it fits, the key of D.
And its' certainly got some important
notes that we've been talking about.
That tr, those tricky notes that the
tricky C sharp.
[MUSIC]
It actually comes down on that.
That's an important note in this tune.
So, again, this melody has a lot of scales
in it.
[MUSIC]
Right?
And then.
[MUSIC].
[MUSIC]
All those phrases are just big
slices of scales.
So again, this is another really
important, you know,
good reason to be practicing our scales,
is because so
many of these tunes are made up of chunks
of scales.
Well, right.
So, let's look at this tune here.
The first phrase repeats a lot.
[MUSIC]
Right?
That happens many times in this tune.
So, when we've learned that.
We've learned it for oh, we've learned a
big chunk of the tune.
So that's good.
So, we're gonna start with a down bow on
the open A.
[MUSIC]
So let's look at that as.
A.
[MUSIC]
B.
[MUSIC]
A.
[MUSIC]
G.
Switch strings.
[MUSIC]
F sharp.
And then, E.
So, that little bit repeats a lot.
[MUSIC]
Let's learn that whole phrase.
So, here we go.
[MUSIC]
Back up to F sharp.
[MUSIC]
And then E.
[MUSIC]
And then a long note on the A.
[MUSIC]
So, here we go again.
Starting on the A.
Three go.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Again with the names of the notes.
In fact, let's sing them.
Starting on an A, right?
A, B, A, G, F-sharp, E, D, F-sharp, E, A.
A, B, A, G, F-sharp, E,
D, F-sharp, E, A.
All right?
So then if we, and
do this with the fiddle.
Here we go.
Three and go.
[MUSIC]
A, B, A, G,
F-sharp, E, D,
F-sharp, E, A.
One more time without the singing.
Three and go, and.
[MUSIC]
All right,
so those last two notes are a bit longer.
Now, the second phrase is almost exactly
like the first phrase, which is great,
cuz we've learned it already, except it's
a little different at the end.
[MUSIC]
So instead of the A note.
[MUSIC]
Replay the D note.
[MUSIC]
That's the only difference.
[MUSIC]
And
so the difference between that is that
we're on a A.
We're on, like, a five chord, like an A
chord.
The first phrase.
[MUSIC]
And
then, it's like a question, and then the
second time is like the answer.
[MUSIC]
Right, so it goes,
comes back to D, so that happens.
[MUSIC]
So that happens a lot, right?
[SOUND].
That's the first time.
[SOUND].
Second time.
[SOUND].
Third time, same.
[SOUND].
First time, first half of the fourth time
is the same and then we have
a different thing where we play a very
fancy scale, starting on the B note.
And it actually comes in ahead of the
beat, so we're gonna use an up go.
[MUSIC]
The first two notes.
[MUSIC]
So, it's a little bit of a scale and
at the beginning it's, we're skipping a
couple of notes.
So we start with the B.
[SOUND].
And the C-sharp.
[SOUND].
And then we come into the D.
[SOUND].
And then we skip back to the B note.
[SOUND].
A.
[SOUND].
So that part between the B.
[MUSIC]
That's our D scale descending.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
So let's just try that much.
Starting from the B.
Let's do a up row on the first two notes
and then.
[MUSIC]
One more time on that.
Starting with the B.
B, C-Sharp, D, B, A,
G, F-sharp, E, D and
then it keeps going.
[MUSIC]
Let's just take that separately.
We're gonna be at this point, we should be
playing uppo.
F-sharp.
[MUSIC]
E to D and then reach up.
[MUSIC]
Yeah, that's C-sharp.
And then back to E.
[SOUND]
[MUSIC]
And then m E.
[MUSIC]
So this is a great little lick to practice
because it's, it involves some string
crossing and a stretch and coming back.
[MUSIC]
Slow that and even more to go F-sharp.
[MUSIC]
B, D, C-sharp.
[MUSIC]
And go.
[MUSIC]
One more time.
[MUSIC]
So
that, if they are all the same, almost
exactly the same.
This last time we go to from the B,
that whole lick, to go.
[MUSIC]
You can cycle this too.
[MUSIC]
One more time.
[MUSIC]
Now this is pretty important.
There are going to be little places in
here that are going to be kind of rocky,
you know, like string crossings.
If there's anything that just keeps being
wrong when you play it,
just hone in on that.
Take it.
You know.
Like, if there's.
[MUSIC]
Just go.
[MUSIC].
Okay.
I can play everything except
for that one thing.
[MUSIC]
Yeah, whatever it is.
Just go to that little space.
That, that little spot that is a problem
and.
[MUSIC]
Just isolate it and play it slowly.
[MUSIC]
And again.
[MUSIC]
And again.
[MUSIC]
And then take the next note before it.
[MUSIC]
And
then play it with an extra note in the
before.
[MUSIC]
And then add the note after.
[MUSIC]
And
then if you really want to get it perfect
take, add a note before that note.
[MUSIC]
And that's a way that you can, like,
hone in on the trouble spots and integrate
them back into the flow of the piece.
And you just you just wanna fix the parts
that
are causing you problems and not play the
whole thing repeatedly wrong hoping that,
you know, two out of five times you get it
right.
It's much better to focus in on the parts
that are screwing you up and fix those and
then work out.
So, I'm going to play the entire first
part.
Here we go.
One and two and.
[MUSIC]
Long note.
[MUSIC]
Another long note.
[MUSIC]
Long note happens.
[MUSIC]
Nice upper pose.
[MUSIC]
Start with a down bow.
[MUSIC]
Long note and.
[MUSIC]
There's the fourth time, time.
So this is where.
[MUSIC]
So the trick is to remember where you are.
Is this the third time or the fourth time?
And the fourth time, you play the first
half the same.
[MUSIC]
And then.
[MUSIC]
So
it's kind of like a little jackpot, like a
payoff.
Okay this is the first half, we're going
to do the second half
of the tune in another lesson which is
coming up right after this, but
I want you to get the first half really
good,
and then we're going to go to the second
half of the lesson.
And you can get into that very soon.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right.
Are you ready to learn the second part of
Chinquapin Hunting?
I hope so, because we're right here and if
you're not,
you can easily click away to some other
part.
But I assume that we're here to do that.
So here we go.
And I'm gonna play it for you now, again.
Here we go.
Here's the second part.
It starts on a B note on the G string.
There's two ways to play this.
You can play it down and lower in octave
or you can play it up.
I'm gonna play it down first.
Here we go.
One, two, three, four
[MUSIC]
Long note.
[MUSIC]
Okay, let's just look at that.
Now, okay, so, we've got this kind of
rocking bow back, very fiddley, you know?
It's all, so much of fiddling is about
going back and forth, string crossing,
moving between strings.
[MUSIC]
So this is just first and second finger.
But we're doing a little bit of a, kind of
a syncopation here.
Let's just look at it again.
We start on the B.
B, D, E, F sharp, E, D, B.
Let's just look at that.
[MUSIC]
And a little bit slower.
Three and go and.
[MUSIC].
Okay, everybody good with that.
So let's look at how we're gonna link
these together.
[MUSIC].
So it's a little bit like a snake with a
tail in its mouth.
It's we're going across the bar line here.
Which means we're, it's.
[SOUND]
[MUSIC]
Let's practice that a little bit more.
[MUSIC]
And.
[MUSIC]
And.
[MUSIC]
Okay,
and you can slow that down, put it on slow
motion.
[MUSIC]
And, and practice just that, and then,
you know, take it and maybe play it with
your metronome.
Play it over and over again.
[MUSIC]
Again.
One, two, three, and.
[MUSIC]
And
then, the next part, starting again on the
B but going down.
[MUSIC]
And
that's like a two note, it's like a little
pick up.
Two notes.
[MUSIC]
So a lot of bluh, bluh, bluh, bluh.
[MUSIC]
Let's
just try that much.
So again, starting on the B.
[MUSIC]
C sharp.
[MUSIC]
So we really have
[MUSIC]
Again.
[MUSIC]
So
those first two notes are like a, a pickup
and then the, third note is
kinda on the beat, so it's like
[MUSIC]
one
[MUSIC]
So that's the feeling.
So even you go, you got
[MUSIC]
You got two of these and they sound, and
feel different, because one of them's off
the beat, and one of them's on the beat.
So it's kind of an interesting thing.
It's one of the magical things about
music.
So, here we go.
[MUSIC]
One more time, just that part.
Two, go.
[MUSIC]
Okay, so then we've got.
[MUSIC]
So, D, E, D again, back to that C sharp.
We're really learning that C sharp.
And then the B.
[MUSIC]
And then very long note on A, right?
So we can, we can.
[MUSIC]
We can keep our,
some part of our body moving.
Or we can move our foot.
Or we can tap our foot.
Do something to keep that long note
happening, keeping in rhythm.
[MUSIC]
Right?
So, that is, that's the whole thing, right
there.
So let's try that, putting that together,
I'm gonna play it really slow.
Right, so again.
Two, go
[MUSIC]
Okay now you can run this back as many
times as you need to.
You slow it down,
do all these amazing things that we can do
here at the artist works site to really.
Put this together for yourself.
And and it won't drive me crazy at all.
Because you can [LAUGH] it's just fine and
that's one of the other beautiful things.
You know, I can just play this for you and
you can just go over it again and again.
And this is not the easiest tune in the
world but I know that you can get it.
And it's a wonderful tune once you've
learned it.
So here we go here's everything that we've
learned so
far which is pretty much one quarter of
the tune but
a lot of the stuff, just like the first
part repeats.
So, we've learned more of it than we think
we have.
So here we go.
Starting on the one on the B note.
One, two, three and.
[MUSIC]
One more time.
One, two, three, and.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Again,
it's so important when you're learning
these tunes to kinda get it in your head
what it is and be able to sing it.
Even though it might sound, sound like you
know, Alison Krauss singing it.
Or, or somebody, a great singer.
It's still, we're using our voice to
internalize it in our, in our heart,
in our mind, in our head.
[MUSIC]
And what's nice about that,
when we get it in our heads, and we can
kind of hear what the contour is, cuz when
we learn slow like this, sometimes it's
hard to hear exactly, you know, you can
kind of get the note by note thing, but
that, in a way, you know, when you hear.
[MUSIC]
You know, that's
pretty easy to kinda understand, you know,
what the tune is actually doing musically.
When you slow it down so you can learn it,
it's a little bit harder to just you know
kind of get that contour.
So, if we go back and forth between
singing it and playing it, that is very,
very helpful in getting an idea of what,
what the tune is,
what's happening in tune while we play it
slow.
So one more time.
One, two, three and.
[MUSIC]
Yeah.
Great.
So then, the second part starts the same.
[MUSIC]
But then changes.
[MUSIC]
And we can go.
[MUSIC]
Three.
Like that.
So again, the first half the same.
[MUSIC]
Again, that long note at the end.
So, we have this
combined with
the first part.
And, one.
[MUSIC]
So we have that little scale, right?
There's a scale.
[MUSIC]
And then hold out and then.
[MUSIC]
C, four.
[MUSIC]
Two, three, four.
Right?
So that's the whole second part right
there.
Now, I wanna just look for you who are if
you really, you know,
by the time you got this I want you to go
back and really kind of play this,
to use all the tools here that we have at
the ArtistWorks.
You can slow it down, you can run it again
and again.
[MUSIC]
And then once you've got that,
if you're still feeling like, you really
wanna even go farther with this.
You can learn it up an octave.
Same exact notes.
[MUSIC]
Different fingers, right?
But you can sing it, right?
[MUSIC]
Long note.
[MUSIC]
And then back to the A part.
[MUSIC]
So
now I'm gonna play, the entire tune with
the slow guitar backup so
you can really feel the whole thing.
Maybe you wanna play along with it and run
this a few, you know,
repeat this one a few times, and then
we'll have it.
So here we go.
Gonna go with guitar.
The slow guitar on Chinquapin Hunting.
Starting on the A note.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Here we go.
[MUSIC]
All right.
Well that, there you have it, Chinquapin
Hunting.
Try to have as much fun with this as you
can.
Don't be afraid to slow it down as much as
you need to.
Slow that thing down.
Look at the various parts.
And just you know, even if you just wanna
play the first part for a while.
And then get into the second part
separately.
That's all good.
It's fiddling.
Everything's moveable.
And everything's personalizable.
And remember that a Chinquapin is a kind
of acorn.
So, remember from little acorns,
mighty maples grow, I think.
[MUSIC]