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Cello Lessons: “Whiskey Before Breakfast”

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[MUSIC]
The Whiskey
Before Breakfast.
I wouldn't recommend it as a dietary habit
actually, but it's a great bluegrass tune.
And as we're moving through this
intermediate curriculum now, I'm not gonna
call out fingerings as much and I'm gonna
teach you these phrases a little quicker.
I'm still gonna break it down for
you, but there is the downloadable
transcription if you ever have a question
about like a specific note or bowing.
This melody, it starts.
I wanna warn you, it starts very,
very similar to forked dear.
And so you wanna be careful not
to break into the wrong tune,
but Whiskey Before Breakfast
starts also with a D upward scale.
[SOUND] But it stops on A.
It does not go to B.
Don't go to B.
[MUSIC]
That is the first phrase
of Whiskey Before Breakfast.
[MUSIC]
The second phrase is a little
sequence walking down from G.
[MUSIC]
And then a little cadence here,
a half cadence.
[MUSIC]
So let me put those together.
We go walk down.
[MUSIC]
Then.
[MUSIC]
This is bringing us back to those steps,
so let me put those two phrases together?
Why don't we do the trifecta?
Listen once, sing the second time and
play with me the third time.
[MUSIC]
Play.
[MUSIC]
Good.
So this first half of the A section
kinda ends here on the five chord,
the second half is gonna start the same.
[MUSIC]
But it's gonna.
[MUSIC]
Just the very end there,
it's gonna cadence us in D.
But from that G walk down.
[MUSIC]
Just a little.
[MUSIC]
Let me play just that ending from the G
walk down a couple times.
[MUSIC]
That is the whole A section.
Okay So let's do the trifecta
with the whole A section.
Listen once.
[MUSIC]
Sing.
[MUSIC]
Now
play.
[MUSIC]
Good.
The B section starts up higher.
[MUSIC]
We're shifting up
to third position here.
[MUSIC]
Maybe after the long note.
[MUSIC]
Shift here.
[MUSIC]
And then it's just a big scale.
[MUSIC]
Let's try all that together.
Ready and.
[MUSIC]
I like this bowing that I'm
doing right now.
[MUSIC]
Down a lift.
Down, down, up, down.
Gives it a nice sort of
change of texture there.
[MUSIC]
And I'm gonna end with two up bows there
at the end of the phrase,
like we often do.
[MUSIC]
And then we're gonna go back,
we're gonna shift back up here for
the two chord.
[MUSIC]
Kind of doing this bluegrass rhythm we
learned in an another tune.
[MUSIC]
But
I'm kind of like slurring
it into a double stop.
[MUSIC]
So I'm shifting from an A sharp to the B.
[MUSIC]
And then adding the E on like
the third note or on the.
[MUSIC]
On the second note, yeah.
Just right when I hit the B,
[SOUND] I'm gonna add the E there.
[MUSIC]
So there's a split second where I'm
playing this interval together.
[MUSIC]
From there.
[MUSIC]
Just a big,
long scale.
[MUSIC]
Walking back up to D.
Let's try that a couple times.
[MUSIC]
Now I'm shifting up to first finger
at the end for the following phrase.
[MUSIC]
Let me do it one more
time and I'll go on.
[MUSIC]
That's a really
long sequence,
all the way down to the scale and
doing mostly thirds.
[MUSIC]
Except I do a little downward arpeggio
there.
[MUSIC]
And thirds again.
[MUSIC]
And
then that little cadential
part from the A section.
Let me put [SOUND] from there,
let me do from there to the end
in the trifecta for you.
So listen once, then we'll sing,
then we'll play.
Three,and
[MUSIC]
Sing with me.
[MUSIC]
Now let's
play.
Two, ready and.
[MUSIC]
Good.
Let me play the whole B section.
Why don't you sing along
with me the first time and
then we'll play it maybe
twice through together.
[SOUND] So the B section.
[MUSIC]
Starts there.
One, two, ready and.
[MUSIC]
Let's play
it together.
[MUSIC]
One more
time.
[MUSIC]
That's
the whole
tune.
Whiskey Before Breakfast.
Give it a shot and you can play
along with the performance track.
We'll learn the chords in the next lesson.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Chords for
Whiskey Before Breakfast [SOUND] are
[MUSIC]
one, one, one, one, one, one,
one, one, one, one, one, one, one,
one, four, four, four, one, one,
one, five, five, five, five, one.
So we've four chunks, in the A section.
One.
[SOUND] Then four, one, five.
[SOUND] So the first chunk is just one.
The second chunk is four, one, five.
Then the third chunk is all one again.
[MUSIC]
One.
And then the cadence, the last chunk is,
four, one, five, one.
I like to verbalize these chords.
It really helps me remember them,
especially in these chunks.
So keep saying them out loud with me,
as we go.
Let's play the A section chords,
[SOUND] one more time.
One, two, ready, and.
[MUSIC]
One, one, one, one, one, one, one,
one, one, one, one, one, one, one, four,
four, four, one, one, one, five, five,
five,five, five, five, five.
One, one, one, one, one, one, one, one,
one, one, one, one, one, one, four, four,
four, one, one, one, five,
five, five, five, one.
[MUSIC]
Good.
B section.
[SOUND] The first chunk is also all one.
[MUSIC]
One, one, one, one, one, one, one, one,
one, one, one, one, one.
And then we have a chord, I don't think
we've had any of the Bluegrass tunes yet.
It's a minor two chord E, [SOUND] and D.
[SOUND] So we have an E,
[MUSIC]
going to an A, a two going to a five.
[MUSIC]
Two, two, two, two, two, two, five, five,
five, five, five, five, five, five.
So, the first chunk is all one,
the second chunk is two to five, E to A.
And then for the final big sequence
we got a lot of chord changes.
We got
[MUSIC]
one, one, one, five, five, five, four,
four, four, one, O, one, O, one,
one, four, O, one, one, five,
five, five, five, one.
So we're actually just harmonizing,
[MUSIC]
down the scale.
[MUSIC]
This is a common chord movement.
Actually, we encountered this
in the beginner curriculum.
Blackberry Blossom had the same
chord movement in the key of G.
When we're harmonizing down the scale,
the two chunks of chords we need are
[MUSIC]
one, five, four, one.
One, five, four, one, followed by
[MUSIC]
four, one, five, one.
Four, one, five, one.
So let's verbalize it together.
[MUSIC]
One, five, four, one, four,
one, five, one.
Let's try that.
[SOUND] I know it's a lot
of changes in a row.
One, two, ready, and.
[MUSIC]
One, five, four, one, four,
one, five, one.
[MUSIC]
Let's do it again.
One, two, ready, and.
[MUSIC]
One, five, four, one,
four, one, five, one.
Good, so
that's the ending of the B section.
Let's do the whole B section together.
The first chunks remember are one,
and then two to five, and
then we harmonize down the whole scale.
One.
[SOUND] Two.
[SOUND] One, two.
[SOUND] Ready, and.
[MUSIC]
One, one, one, one, one, one, one, one,
one, one, one, one, one, two,
five, one, one, one, five, five,
five, four, four, four, one, four,
four, one, one, one, five, one.
Yeah.
It's a lot of quick changes, but it's
a really common progression in Bluegrass,
to harmonize down the scale like that.
Let's just do all the way through one
more time, so two A sections, and
two B sections.
[SOUND] If you can,
sing the melody like I'm doing.
All the pitches of the melody
with the chord number.
That's a really great way to
internalize the relationship.
[SOUND] One, two.
[SOUND] One, two, ready, and.
[MUSIC]
One, one, one, one, one, one, one, one,
one, one, one, one, one, one, four, four,
four, one, one, one, five, five, five,
five, five, five, five.
One, one, one, one, one, one, one,
one, one, one, one, one, one,
four, four, four, one, one, one,
five, five, five, five, one.
A section again.
[MUSIC]
One, one, one, one, one.
[MUSIC]
B section.
[MUSIC]
One, one, one, one, one, one, one, one,
one, one, one, two, five, one, one,
one, five, five, five, four, four,
four, one, one, one, four, four,
four, one, one, five, repeat it.
[MUSIC]
All right, so
you definitely wanna
memorize this chord progression.
And just practice it,
even as much as you play the melody,
cuz remember in a Bluegrass jam, you'll
likely be playing the chords more than you
are taking a solo or playing the melody.
[MUSIC]