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Mandolin Lessons: Red Wing

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1, 2, 3, and 4.
And 1, 2, 3, and 4.
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All right, Red Wing.
Let's go ahead and break it down.
Key of G, just playing the chords.
Play a simple open chord G is very nice
for beginners, especially.
Just open G.
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C.
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G, D, G, then A.
Or A7.
Bar, bar, 2,
2, 4, 3, D7.
2, O, 3, 2.
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C.
G.
D.
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G, G7,
C, back to G.
D and back to G
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And that's the most basic way you can play
chords on it.
Course, if you choose, you can chop.
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Up to A.
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To D.
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G.
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C.
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G.
D, D, G, G, B, B, G.
So let's break the melody down now.
Starts off with a nice little guitar run.
And we're in unison.
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Working your way up to the back beat to
the down beat on the G note.
So it's 1, 2, 1
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'Kay, so just that opening phrase.
I do a couple of things.
I do one little hammer from the C to the
D.
That's kind of nice.
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And
you'll notice that what I'm doing, when I
have a held note.
I'm kinda keeping the shuffle going.
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So that's just a way of keeping time.
It might not even be written in your music
but I want you to take note of it.
What you might see in the music is simply
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But it's a little bit dry.
So, be sure that you're adding that kind
of, just the rhythmic propulsion of like
a fiddle player, zee-zinka-zee-zinka,
playing a steady groove.
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In fact,
you, intermediate players can begin to
start filling in the notes around this.
Instead, it can become,
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and it fills the same space,
and still creates.
What we think of as, as red wing, right?
So you haven't left the melody, yet,
you're not really improvising,
kind of embellishing.
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So here
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there's a couple of variations we can do.
We can just go
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And play it really simple.
Which is what you should learn first.
And then the next version would be
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Filling in.
Da-da, da-da, da.
Dun, duh, de, duh, de duh, and the next
might be
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would be a trill.
I mean it's actually a pull.
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You hit the C and then you hit the B.
Then you hit the C with a pull to the B.
It's an up stroke.
And it's an open A, with a pull from the
B, down to the G.
So these are just ways of, of negotiating,
or creating a,
a tiny bit of melodic interest without
completely abandoning the melody.
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Now that time I landed on the G, but
I went ahead and played the low G with it.
That time, I hit the D, but I put the high
G with it to create some,
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Just some high sparkle.
It's all part of the G chord, so it works.
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So there's the 3rd, I'll call it the 3rd
variation.
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Okay.
It's functioning, functioning the same
way.
You still hear.
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But you get.
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You get all the other filler that.
Notes.
Then we're in the bridge.
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So
that's all pretty straight until the one
little trill.
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Down,
up on the G where it pulls the F sharp.
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And the D to the B,
I'm holding the high G with that the whole
time.
Again there's that fiddle that backwards
slide.
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Sort of a slide to the C Sharp, and
then it's a pullaway of all three fingers
from the C sharp to the seat of the B.
It's to create some, some slipperiness.
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So these are, because this, this, this
moment in the tune has is what I would
call a long melody, a singable melody.
You can again.
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dah da da da,
dah da da da, dah da da, so you keep the
16th going in the right hand.
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Dah da.
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And the ending.
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Is a nice.
This little tag.
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You're starting from the B and
you're going chromatically up to the D.
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And ending on the high G.
All right?
So, simple little tune but
we've kind of turned it inside out and
given you several ways of playing.
What seems like a really easy tune,
we can always turn into something juicy
and spectacular.
So, enjoy a little red wine.
See you all soon.
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