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Mandolin Lessons: Bill Cheatum

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Here's Bill Cheatum.
You guys will find this one
being played quite often.
One, two, three.
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Now, you take it.
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That's a good little play along.
Tape there.
You can play rhythm while I play the
melody, and then you could go to
the melody while I'm playing the rhythm
the second time through.
So let's break that tune down for you now.
Great tune.
It's in the key of A.
We'll cheat them.
One, it starts right on the top, the down
beat right at the top.
There's no pickup notes on this one.
One, two, three, and.
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So you've got this nice little.
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Nice and easy.
I usually lift that finger, rather than
keep it held down.
Rather than keeping it ringing together, I
give it a little.
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Now this, these two phrases, this is
a chance for you to do a little bit of
syncopation, a little bit of variation.
I've heard it played.
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Or,
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or played that way.
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With an arpeggio in D, and
then a C sharp and then D note.
Instead of.
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So you can do it either way.
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You can slide into that note.
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To give it a little bit of emphasis.
And while you're sliding, you can play the
open E string with the C sharp.
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You could even play that as a double stop.
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With the, D on the F-sharp.
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That's your turn around.
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So
that's an area where you have some
freedom.
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Or.
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Or.
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So you can learn any of those,
and again, this begins to open up your
concept of these tunes.
It's still Bill Cheatham, we're not
improvising freely.
We still have a ton of structure to the
melody.
And that we're taking these little, sorta
golden moments,
to figure out ways to create our own
variations.
So then you get into the B section.
And this is a tricky tune about,
the thing about this tune is tricky is the
chords change so quickly.
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And
in each of those, A, D, E, A, you've got a
different harmony happening here.
A different chords.
So your fingers really move around a lot.
And it starts with a little triplet
figure.
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So here's your pull off.
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And the way I pick it is,
again the pick, the hand never stops going
back and forth for this triplet.
All this is a pull from the G sharp,
the A to the G sharp, and then the F sharp
is your up.
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So again, I would make this
into a little exercise, until you get the
notes rhythmic flow enough.
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Oops, there's another one.
Instead of going.
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This, on the second time we went,
instead of coming down to the E from the
A.
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Landing on the E, we go up,
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to the E from the C-sharp, chromatically.
And that one, we're gonna play.
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All those notes get played.
So, because it's three it throws our pick
off, down, up, down, up, up.
So we need to do two ups here in order to
get back in our back and forth mode.
Down up down up, up down, up down, up down
up.
Down up down up, up down.
At least that's how I do it.
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So down up down up, on the E.
Up on the C-sharp.
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Do it again.
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Then do it the other way.
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And play all those.
So, you can either do them as a pull off.
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Which is that.
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And your hand never stops doing this.
Or you can do them as a triplet played.
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But then you're upside down when you get
to the E, you need to play the C-sharp
with an up.
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Turn around.
That's one way to do the turn around.
Here's another.
Here's another.
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Again,
three ways to deal with that one little
moment in this tune.
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