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Mandolin Lessons: Fiddle Tune - Devil's Dream in A

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All right,
let's play the classic fiddle tune,
Devil's Dream, now.
Nice and easy.
It's got a very cool little opening thing.
that's an exercise unto itself, right
Just playing those two notes
nice and clean.
I'll just repeat that till you're really
happy with it.
You need that independence.
That'll bring the tempo up, and
then bring it back down.
And make sure that G sharp is sounding
nice and clear, cuz that's the upstroke.
And make sure that open E is also strong.
That's what I do sometimes is I check on
the notes that aren't the strong beats and
make sure they're just as strong as the,
the strong beats.
Cuz your downs are always gonna be solid.
There's something about that thumb going
through the pick
that's just gonna drive that string and
then pulling with your index to pull up,
is always gonna be lighter.
So I almost consciously
try to create a little more pull on the up
than I do on the down.
Try to lighten it down and, and exaggerate
the up and
then that's gonna smooth things out.
Another thing about
this tune is tricky is this little move.
You've got a bar, the second fret on both
Now if you have big, fat fingers like me,
[LAUGH] I just,
I'm able to keep my finger curved and use
the tip.
So I'm not throwing my hand into this
other position which is kind of,
kind of nice.
My, my fingers get to stay at their
natural curved position,
my thumb stays up here.
But if you have to bar, then notice how
the hand flops to this other position.
Everything, everything moves.
So just be conscious of that and let the
hand move, and
then move it back as quickly as the next
section comes.
Some people might even use their pinky
here if they have to or the third finger,
but as soon as you get to this note, then
you're back to your normal playing
position with the index finger touching at
the nut here.
So you start in that position.
And then at the bar, you shift down.
you come back,
back up.
Something to just think about.
Sometimes we have to do this,
use the B section.
Back to the bar.
Back to normal.
Stay in the normal.
So we'll play it now with the rhythm
55, nice and easy tempo.
A one, two,
All right.