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Mandolin Lessons: This Little Light of Mine

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You're gonna spend a lot of your time
playing bluegrass where you're playing
vocal tunes.
And so, one of the beautiful things that
many mandolin players and
fiddle players do, is they try to imitate
the sound of the voice.
Now of course, the voice doesn't have
frets, so we've got this dilemma of how do
we make something that's fretted sound
like it's unfretted?
And we do that by sliding into notes, it's
the best we can do.
We can't get all the inflection that a
violin would get with vibrato and
all those things.
But we can do a pretty good job of
imitating the sound of the voice,
if we slide into notes.
So, we're gonna, we're gonna take a little
tune like, This Little Light of Mine.
Very simple little folk song.
really sliding into,
very specific notes,
the strong beats,
The opening note is an A note,
then I slide right into it, from the first
fret to the second fret.
And instead of playing that as an open D.
I'm sliding from the B up to the D.
you almost can hear how that's imitating
my voice.
And then.
I'm going to let it slide.
Instead of playing it real dry.
I try to grease it up with that
slide into the F sharp.
Same with that shine,
I go back, instead of open D.
It's very,
very dry sounding to play that open D.
I'm gonna slide into that.
D on the fourth string.
From the fourth fret to the seventh fret.
Okay, so
you get, the only thing about this is
you're shifting positions a lot.
You're having to move your hand up the
neck to, to do that.
But, this really will give your, melody
playing a lot of juice,
and a lot of, sort of dynamic interest.
So the first note.
Slide into the D, slide into the F sharp.
Don't play the D open, play it slid, and
that B note.
Again, the slide into the D.
Sliding into the low A
Sliding into that E
into that D from the B all the way up.
Okay, let's try this with the guitar, I
think he's at 55 if I'm not mistaken.
>> A one, two, three.
>> Slide into the F sharp.
Slide to the D.
Slide to the B.
Slide to the D, D, D, D.
Slide to the A.
Slide to the D.
Slide to the F sharp
Slide to the D.
Slide to the E and slide to the D.
Now I'll play rhythm and you do it.