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Mandolin Lessons: Using Target Notes - Golden Slippers

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[MUSIC]
Okay we're gonna talk about target notes
now, and target notes are the real
skeleton notes of a melody.
And this is the beginning of, of trying to
understand how improvisation works,
or really variation on the melody.
If you did take a really simple melody, we
touched on it with Old Joe Clark,
back a little while ago,
and I'm just gonna expand on the notion
now with a couple of more tunes.
We're gonna look at Golden Slippers, the
old.
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Old time tune.
I actually recorded this with Darol Anger
on our first duo record many moons ago,
around or records.
And we, we took this through, through it's
paces, I remember, many, many variations.
So I'll play the tune first, nice and
easy.
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Lovely little number, so what are the
target notes?
The target notes are the real essence to
the melody and
what you wanna do is just break it down to
the most simple parts of it.
Starts on a B note.
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So
if we really zero down even further than
that, we get.
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And when you hear.
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You're hearing all
the surround notes around this B.
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I'm going above it, and
I'm going below it.
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Adding a trill.
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So, if you were to take that same concept,
you could play different notes above it
and below it.
You could play.
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So you go up to the D,
instead of up to the C.
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Okay,
that's one little example, just a simple
little variation.
Another thing you could do is rhythmically
variant, for variation.
One, two, three, and.
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Okay,
or you could put the trill right, the
triplet right on the B.
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Or you could tremolo the B note.
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Okay,
we're just dealing with that B note,
essence of that melody, there's your core.
Then you get to the, get to the B section.
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Oh.
Them golden slippers.
Oh.
Them golden slippers and
whatever the words are, I can't remember
them.
Mm.
Mm-hm.
So, one of the things I would do, because
it's a long melody,
you could play double stop with that.
So it's a G chord.
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I'm playing a B, low B with that D.
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And
then when I get to this B note I'm
letting, playing the D note with it.
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When I get to this E,
I'm playing the C note with it because
it's a C chord.
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And here, when I get to this high C,
I'm keeping that low E in place 'cause
we're still on C chord.
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When I get to this F sharp note.
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I'm hammering from the E.
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Now I went into A note rang to give
it a little harmony.
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When I get up to this high A.
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I'm playing the D with it.
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And there's your tag.
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Or.
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Or.
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Okay, another option for that B section.
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That's
an idea of playing continuous eighth
notes.
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And there's your target notes.
Your, your base note at the beginning is a
D.
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And you need to get to this B note by
that moment, so there are many ways you
can do it.
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Or.
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Or.
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Or.
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So I just want you to understand
kinda how I'm thinking about improvising,
that there's, there's some rational to it.
It's not just stringing a whole bunch of
notes together.
That there's some logic that you're,
you're at least following the shape
of the, of these of the core skeleton
melody of these tunes.
So here is Golden Slippers, and I'm just
gonna play along with the guitar and
I will try and slip in, some of these
variations and
you can hopefully understand how I'm
making this all fit together.
>> A one, two, three.
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