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Mandolin Lessons: Scotch and Swing

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Then the melody.
Pretty straight ahead, the Scottish part.
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One, two, one, two, three.
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Sounds very similar to something you've
probably heard before.
Bill Munroe had a tune called Scotland,
and
it just reminds me of Scottish fiddling.
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Sliding into the C-sharp.
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There's your trill.
Down up with a pull.
Down on the A.
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Sliding into the E.
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From the D, right,
and hitting both the, the open E string
and the fretted one.
I love when I get to that high A.
I mean, this is what I tell people the
melody is.
But I go ahead and grab the bar down
there.
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And then I continue with the melody.
I just like the sound of all those As and
Es ringing.
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So that's another trill.
Same style F-sharp,
G with a pull, E.
So there's two of those in a row.
Off the G and F-sharp, the C-sharp and B.
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Nothing fancy about that.
Then we're into the B section.
Okay, now we're gonna walk down to the
F-sharp from the A chromatically.
And we're heading to the down beat.
One, two.
One.
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So
chromatically from B, C and C-sharp to the
F-sharp.
And I love just stacking those fingers in
together.
You could play it, if you wanted,
you could, you could play with one finger
on two frets.
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Sliding all the way from the F-sharp up to
the A.
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So there's your diminished chord.
That's a diminished arpeggio, B-flat,
F-sharp, A and C.
And we just wrap around it.
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I'm adding the B note to it, right there.
Then it's an E7 arpeggio.
D, E, G-sharp, B.
See, so you've out, you're kind of
outlining each of these two chords.
E-flat diminished, E7, then back to the
F-sharp minor.
And then you're really, you're kind of
spelling out the F-sharp minor also,
with a little chromatic thing in the
middle.
F-sharp minor, and I find that it's really
helpful if you know the chords, and
you're thinking about the shapes of the
chords, it'll help you figure out where
the melody notes might fall, if you see
them in relationship to the harmony.
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Then A, right.
So all that stuff is A.
Back to F-sharp minor, thinking about that
chord.
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E-flat diminished, E.
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All right?
The end of the piece I went in with this
triplet figure.
If you think about the time on this it's
like, one, two, one, two,
one, two, one two, but you can fit the
triplets through there.
You can fit.
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One triplet, one triplet, one triplet,
one triplet, one and two and one and.
So the quarter notes don't change.
One triplet, one triplet, one and two and
one and two.
So it's just a, a different way of seeing
those beats.
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I think the natural tendency is for
people to rush those, because, you know
your pick is going dagga, dagga, dagga,
dagga, dagga, then all of a sudden it has
to go dadda da, dadda da, dadda da, da.
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So watch, watch that you don't push those.
So there's Scotch and Swing.
I'd love to improvise over it a little bit
for you, which I'll do here at I think 96.
Cuz it's a fun tune to improvise on.
Give it a little, little go.
>> One, two, three.
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