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[MUSIC]
Okay,
here's another tune that's kind of a
challenging,
advanced-level tune written by my dear pal
Darrel Anger, and I believe maybe
some of the fiddlers have been learning it
from him in this same curriculum.
So, it's called Ride the Wild Turkey.
One of the first turns I ever, recorded
with Darrel.
Recorded this with him and Tony Rice and
Todd Phillips, way back in about 1978,
I think it was.
It's gotta bumpy part in the middle,
that's got some bars of three in it.
But it's very much just a fiddle tune in
A, I think it's got four parts even,
if you count the intro but we're gonna
start right into the A section.
Do it nice and slow here.
>> One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
>> Alright, I recommend that you learn
these tune slow.
Even slow them down, so, you really pick
on exactly where I am putting the accents.
You know, I am really trying to imitate
the sound of the fiddle,
kind of shuffling a little bit.
So, even in that.
[MUSIC]
I'm gonna put little accents on those
notes so that [SOUND]
You know,
you're really trying to get the sound of
the bow.
Probably I played it with Darrell so
much that I'm copying his, his bowings
with my pick.
Something to think about.
It's not just a continuous [SOUND]
It's got shape to it.
So, as you learn these things, try and
pick up those nuances.
So, let's go through it now, it starts
with the intro.
[MUSIC]
And that's a scale pattern.
[MUSIC]
You're really
arpegiating the notes that are all part
of.
[MUSIC]
They're all part of the A scale,
but you're pulling out every other one.
E, C-sharp A, F-sharp, and then you go to
the next set of try, of yeah, chord tones.
[MUSIC]
And
if you analyze that it's actually an E7
chord.
[MUSIC]
And the next one
[MUSIC]
Is really kind of like a D-major seventh.
[MUSIC]
And then, that one is also and E.
So the first one's kind of a.
[MUSIC]
F-sharp minor, to a E7.
[MUSIC]
to a D-major seven.
[MUSIC]
To an E.
[MUSIC]
But we don't think of each chord,
we're just thinking.
[MUSIC]
That whole business is
a little scale pattern down, all in the
diatonic mode of A.
And then it goes to the A,
[MUSIC]
so you slide into that E.
[MUSIC]
And then I'm just again,
its just a fiddle shuffle kind of wiggle
[MUSIC]
G chord, so
you're out of a G mode at this moment,
[MUSIC]
It's an E chord, so
you're in kind of an E, back to G.
[MUSIC]
And
I hear we're outlining, totally
arpeggiating a G chord.
Because it's a G chord at that moment and
the melody just very simply plays.
[MUSIC]
and it's a D chord
[MUSIC]
A.
[MUSIC]
And
those notes fit right in to the harmony.
[MUSIC]
You know, D.
[MUSIC]
A.
[MUSIC]
You know if you were to hear the chords.
Go back and repeat it all.
[MUSIC]
G, arpeggio.
[MUSIC]
Now this is the tricky part.
[MUSIC]
One, two,
three, one, two, three, one, two, three,
four, one, two, three, four, five, six,
one.
One, two three.
One, two, thee.
One, two.
One, two, three, one.
[MUSIC]
So that's one way to count that
whole mess.
One, two, three, one, two, three, one,
two, one, two, three, one.
[MUSIC]
And then you're back in.
[MUSIC]
So here's a D chord.
[MUSIC]
Sliding into the F-sharp just
outlining the D.
Then you're taking the same thing up to E.
[MUSIC]
A third of E, which is G-sharp.
[MUSIC]
And playing the B and the E.
[MUSIC]
And the same thing for F.
[MUSIC]
That's how I do it.
[MUSIC]
A little trill.
[MUSIC]
Then.
[MUSIC]
Again, it's just a pull.
[MUSIC]
G up on the A, pull it off, and
then down on the F.
[MUSIC]
Then.
[MUSIC]
And
those notes lead you, that's three beats
of E.
One, two, three and you are back in to the
A.
[MUSIC]
It's a common thing to do,
to outline notes of the triad.
[MUSIC]
See, so he uses that little concept just
for a moment here.
[MUSIC]
Sorry.
[MUSIC]
So there you're anticipating the slide.
First time you play it, it's on the down
beat.
[MUSIC]
Cuz you're coming out of this.
[MUSIC]
Down.
[MUSIC]
You play through this section.
[MUSIC]
Then dah mm.
[MUSIC]
Dah mm.
So you're hitting that E one beat before
the actual down beat,
[MUSIC]
One, two.
[MUSIC]
Two, one, two.
[MUSIC]
And one.
[MUSIC]
All right, that's Ride the Wild Brains
right there.
Good luck with that and I, so I'm gonna
call for
a video now on either one of these two
tunes, they're both fairly challenging.
Keep Sitting in the Rain or Ride the Wild
Turkey.
You pick, and if it takes you you know, a
few months to learn one of these tunes,
believe me, I've spent many, many hours
working these things out.
They're not easy, so just keep at it, chug
away, bar at a time, take you time,
get it right, get the feel right, and the,
make sure you got the good tone,
and and work on that funny section there
in three.
Good luck.
[MUSIC]