Hi folks, Darol here with a new idea for
getting around on the fiddle, and making
up new melodies, and
just in general getting better at, just
Up and down your instrument, when you're
improvising or playing solos, or
playing back up, or whatever.
I've been thinking about this a lot lately
trying to figure out well,
how can we get just faster and a little
bit more fluent on our instruments.
And I've found one idea that I'm, I want
to share with everybody here.
I'm hoping that you're gonna dig this and
find it useful.
I, you know, a lot of these fiddle tunes
internal melodies that, that fit with,
with other tunes.
I, we've already talked about a lot of
We have a tag lesson where we play all, a
bunch of different variations.
of these different ways of playing that
just slight melodic variations on one
And I was thinking, well, now, what if we
out some of those melodies inside other
We use to get up and down and, and,
and use those, those fragments of other
tunes in order to improvise with.
And of course, that's a lot of
It's how we do it is we take chunks of
rather than going by individual notes.
We take little melodies.
Little mini melodies or
public domain material and combine them
and recombine them.
To make new things that, that are you
some more spur of the moment kind of
So I was thinking about these two tunes in
both of which I have lessons up for.
And just did a lesson on Billy in the
You can go to that.
This is this tune.
And also, Sally Johnson.
the second B part of Sally Johnson, which
What is it about these two tunes that are
Well, they have some melodic fragments
Just in the same way as Sally Johnson in
a different key.
So that is a little mini melody just like.
That's sort of a public domain.
that is a hugely important way of getting
up and down through a scale.
It's, it's interesting because if you took
it and analyzed it, what is it?
It's kind of a pentatonic.
I have you can refer to my lesson on
But it's not completely because it has.
You know, it's got a.
Something it has a major seven in it.
it does have, it has seven notes, which is
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven.
And we've talked about this too, and
I'm doing a whole, gonna be doing a whole
series on just these mini melodies,
five note, seven note melodies which we
For back up purposing and just
constructing our improvised solos.
But this is kind of like fiddlechord.
In the sense that these are basic melodic
that we use in all kinds of tunes to get
up and down the instrument.
When actually getting up and down and just
going from [SOUND] or [SOUND].
Those kind of melodies.
So I've isolated a series and
I'm putting a pdf of these exercise sheet
for us to try.
Let's kind of experiment.
I'd love some feedback on this.
See if it's working for you as a way, just
ways to get you more affluent and
move around your instrument.
So if you look at that pdf sheet,
the first thing you'll see is that on the
first line you'll see two bars with.
16 notes in those two bars and with repeat
signs on either side.
And it goes like this.
And then that repeats.
So right, that's very much like.
That's part of Sally Johnson, and part of.
So, those kind of, so it's like a little
It's like a little distillation of that
one melody getting you up and
down the instrument.
So, what I want us to do.
Just learn that melody by heart.
It's only 16 notes, pretty quick.
And then start practicing it for speed.
Get it going.
Now, I've, I've been working on this so
I'm, I'm playing it really fast.
You may not get up to speed that quickly.
Maybe you already kinda know this lick and
you'll get it up to speed quickly.
It doesn't matter.
It's just gonna take everybody as long as
But the, the point is that if we can get
really comfortable with that, and
get it kind of rhythmic.
important is that we can get a nice.
Feel with the bow.
And right now I'm playing on all separate
You can try it with some bowings.
I've suggested a couple.
Ideally we should be able to mix and match
those bowings at will.
And that's gonna take a little time.
So, I want you to learn the bowing.
So, and then, and
then start playing around with the bowing.
So that it makes sense for you.
A lot of these bowings are three by three
where you're using three, three in a row.
So things like that.
the bowings can be probably used for all
the different lines.
So, once we get good with that.
Once we get that, the first line just
Then we move to the next line.
we learn that and move that up to speed.
The trick is to really get, you know, get
Involved and really good on one, the first
16th note, repeat the phrase.
Before we even think about doing the next
We wanna get really solid on the first
And of course it's gonna be a little
tricky to do the second one,
because we're used to playing just a
slight variation to that on the first.
So it's gonna take a little while just to,
unlock our fingers from the previous
But that's great you know that good
exercise for us, to do be flexible and
you know lock onto something and unlock
quickly lock onto another thing.
So, going down that list of licks.
Always starting on the same note.
And, you know, going up, starting the same
note on D, going up to G, back down to D.
And the third one, okay, second one.
Right, and third one.
You know a lot of
these have little finger crossings issues
string crossing issues, things like that.
So you might not be able to get all of
them up to the same speed as,
as maybe like the first one, which is
But it's okay, you know, as long as you
get to a point where it feels really
comfortable and you get a good grove on
it, that's what's important.
So then we let's see, number five.
That lick cropping up again.
I think I, I have a lesson on that that
going from a Major.
it's called Darol's lickorific, lickorfics
check that out if you're interested in
that little move also.
Number six, the last one.
that's kind of a Texas fiddle tune kind of
Where you're putting in triplet going up
and triplets coming down.
So that might, again might not be quite as
fast as some of the others but
just getting comfortable with it, you
know, at whatever tempo,
you wanna be playing at is really
And just getting comfortable with all
those, you know,
kind of public domain moves.
They're not, they're parts of a lot of
other tunes, but
they're not tunes in themselves.
They're structural their skeletons,
they're structural material, like bricks
then the bottom half of this page is just
pretty much just
a very light just taking the first lines
of each series and
moving it into each key, other keys, other
important keys such as C.
So we would move,
It down here.
That's pretty simple.
It's the same fingering we've just moved
everything over a string.
Now, we start moving to keys like A, where
we have to change all our fingering.
So, we play the same lick in, in dif,
these are different fiddle keys.
Again, D, same fingering, different
And so forth, you know B.
That, that kind of stuff.
So, and, and once we get comfortable with
all those or
at least most of those licks in all these
different keys, we'll notice,
we should notice a pronounced increase in
our, our fluency and
our ability to just move around and play,
make up stuff on the spot.
So that's, that's what I'm hoping just
would love some feedback from,
from everybody here at the school to see
if this seems like a good good direction.
A good tool to use for getting more fluent
with our, with our improvising playing.
And if so, then we can like continue to
pull, pull these little melody,
skeletons out of other fiddle tunes, and
use them, and adapt them,
and use them to build other other tunes,
and just make up stuff on the spot
without having to worry too much about
whether we're gonna play a bad note or
just you know, just increase our
So let me know what you think about this
The fiddle core melodies.
You can download the PDF, it's gonna be
it'll be in the forum.
There's a special place in the forum where
I just download PDFs quickly,
and then I'm gonna get the folks at the
office to put it in the materials section.
The materials downloads section so you
could download the PDF there as well.
So happy fiddling and definitely
interested to see how this works out for
I hope this helps.