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Mandolin Lessons: Salt Creek

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>> Okay.
We'll gonna try Salt Creek now.
Its a classic tune that everybody plays.
I first heard Doc Watson play it on
guitar.
And its one of the most popular played
tunes in your Bluegrass jam sessions.
Starts with a slide.
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On the D string, up to the A.
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And
at the same time we're playing the open A
string.
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Typical fiddle move.
It's kind of the classic fiddle move for a
tune like Sally Goodin, for instance.
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They always start that way.
So, here it goes.
One, two, three and.
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Okay.
We've got our first big position shift.
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And
we're bringing our first finger up to the
high A note on the, on the E string.
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And this puts us in third position.
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So, you're playing A, B, C-Sharp.
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And the F-Sharp on the A string.
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And the E on the,
on the A string at the seventh fret.
So here on this kind of position.
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And then we move down to a G chord, and
you simply take the whole position down
and play the same riff in the key of G.
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Come back up to A.
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Then there's what we call a tag.
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And these tags can be many things.
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So, tags are a whole world
unto themselves and they still are doing
the basic turnaround.
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That function as a one chord and
a five chord, then a one chord.
And melodically,
it's where we get our most sort of, juicy
moments for improvisation.
Because this is the skeleton of the tune.
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At that moment.
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We kinda have to play that stuff to feel
like you're really playing the tune, and
come back to the A, but now we're freer.
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Or.
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Okay?
I'm gonna write out a couple of these for
you.
You'll see them in, in the written out
materials.
But I encourage you to just think
conceptually as,
as these moments as being moments where
there's a little more freedom.
So here we go with the guitar at 60, Salt
Creek.
>> One, two, three.
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Third position A, down to G.
Back up to A, third position.
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Tag.
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D section again.
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Okay.
Now let's put, try the rhythm.
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A chord.
D chord.
And G chord.
Then an E chord.
And then back to an A.
Okay.
And were gonna bring this up to 80 now
since it's just the chords.
Try you guys to play along.
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G.
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E.
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A.
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D.
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G.
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E, A.
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D, G, E, A.
Nice chopping chord here.
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Really just hearing
the backbeats nothing else.
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Focusing on the low strings.
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Not the splanky kinda high.
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But more of this dark.
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Even you can do it with two fingers.
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All right.
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