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Mandolin Lessons: Old Joe Clark

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[MUSIC]
Okay, here's Old Joe Clark.
We're gonna finally start playing some
melodies now, and we're gonna start you
off with the most basic version of this
tune that you could ever imagine.
And kinda build on it the idea being that
just right from the beginning of,
of learning melodies.
I want you to start to think about making
variations of them, cuz that's so
much a part of the tradition, and
not to get stuck on playing a tunes in one
single way.
But to think about more broad kind of
musicality
of how these tunes are put together.
Because all this is gonna tie into how we
improvise later on.
So here's Old Joe Clark, and my simple way
to,
to play it without hardly any notes, just
single, single, single notes.
[MUSIC]
Let's do that with a rhythm guitar at 60
beats per minute.
[COUGH] It'll be fun to play along with
somebody.
>> And one two three, and.
>> [MUSIC]
Now we're gonna do the same tune, same
tempo.
But we're gonna, we're gonna play it with
more notes.
More notes per minute.
[SOUND] We're gonna do two notes with the
right hand for every one with the left.
[MUSIC]
And
we're gonna continue that way through the
whole tune.
[MUSIC]
Even the B.
[MUSIC]
And
when you first start doing this first
thing that comes to mind is,
for many players, one of the biggest
problems I see.
[SOUND] Is that the up-strokes are never
as strong as the down-strokes.
So this is gonna be something that will,
will haunt you forever as a mandolin
player.
It's something I still work on every day.
It's just getting that upstroke.
[MUSIC]
To really be as solid as round a tone.
But a lot of times what you'll hear from
people is a really fat down.
[MUSIC]
And then a thin.
[MUSIC]
And
it almost becomes kind of a rhythmic
thing.
[MUSIC]
I mean it can be an effect, but
if you're locked into only playing that
way, that's not great.
You wanna have the flexibility to make
them even.
[MUSIC]
So it's a good,
great chance to, to try to do that on Old
Joe Clark.
Let's have it one more time with the
rhythm guitar.
>> And a one, two, three and.
>> [MUSIC]
Okay, here's another way to vary this
melody.
This time, it's a little closer to how
you've probably heard it before,
many times when you hear fiddle players
play this song.
They slide into this open, the open E
string.
[MUSIC]
Instead of that, you have a slide on
the second string, up to the, up to the
seventh fret.
And it's the same note.
[MUSIC]
And then.
[MUSIC]
We do this.
[MUSIC]
So we're getting pretty fancy right off
the bat here [LAUGH].
Sliding up to the high E.
[MUSIC]
And wait, and then.
[MUSIC]
Then this,
for the second part you're gonna slide
into this A-string on the,
on the D-string up to the A on the seventh
fret.
[MUSIC]
So let's do that with the guitar now.
>> And one, two, three, and.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Okay,
now we'll move on to that slightly more
fancy version of Old Joe Clark,
with a few more notes added in, variation
two, but
we're gonna keep the metronome right there
at 54.
Play along with me here.
[SOUND]
One, two, one, two, three and.
[MUSIC]
Here comes the slide.
[MUSIC]
Slide, hot lick, turn around.
Again.
[MUSIC]
Okay, now it's your turn.
Friends, fellow mandolin players, I'd like
to see a video of you playing, one of
those three variations to Old Joe Clark,
whichever one feels comfortable to you.
And again, not too much practicing cuz I
really wanna see exactly where you're at,
so I can help you out with some pointers.
[MUSIC]