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Mandolin Lessons: Worried Man Blues

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Worried Man Blues.
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All right, we're gonna do a little
crosspicking now.
The Worried Man Blues, a great little
tune, real simple melody, very singable.
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Goes like this.
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All right.
Let's break her down.
What do you say?
So, crosspicking.
This is really Jesse McReynolds style of
crosspicking.
It's a, it's a very set pattern in the
right hand.
The pattern is.
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It's 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1.
3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1.
And that's down up up, down up up, down
up.
Being that we're in 2-4, we're gonna need
eight notes, eight 8th notes per, per bar.
So it's down up down, so it's 1, 2, 3, 1,
2, 3, 1, 2.
[LAUGH] That's how we get that, that
pattern of eight,
so it's 3, 3, 2, or 6 and 2.
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So that's a exercise in and
of itself, just getting that right hand to
really make those, those notes speak out.
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Make sure that you're not playing.
[SOUND] Just one of the pairs of each of
the strings.
Make sure that your pick's really going
through both pairs.
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And you're getting a nice fat, full sound.
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1, 2, 3, 4.
1, 2, 3, 4.
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And that's the, the pattern of it.
It should feel like it's in 2-4, even
though you've got these groups of three.
1, 2, 3, 4.
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1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
To run the risk of repeating myself.
So the, we are in the key of A now.
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And
we are gonna play the whole melody on the
D string.
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And we're gonna let the E and
A strings ring open, the whole time over
the, over the A chord anyway.
So the, because those 2, 2 strings are
part of the A chord, it works out nicely.
So it starts with the 2nd fret, 1st
finger.
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And
then the 4th fret at the end of that
pattern.
3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1 is where you change
to the 4th fret.
And you only play 3-1, with the right
hand.
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And
we shift to the 7th fret, and we play the
whole pattern for that note.
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All of the eight notes.
Then we go to the 11th fret.
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So
this is 11, 11, 8 8, 7.
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So again that's 3, 1,
2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, then the 7th fret.
Start the pattern over.
3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1.
I'll go back to the top.
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One more time a little bit slower.
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I'm
nodding my head at the point that each,
the pattern starts again.
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So
sometimes the pattern is just holding one
note.
But sometimes you're changing notes in the
middle of the pattern.
That's probably the most complicated part
about this
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Change, even though you're in the middle.
New pattern.
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For the whole note.
Then, new pattern, change, new pattern.
Now the chord changes to a D chord,.
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And back to an A.
So during the D chord, I'm holding the 4th
fret and
5th fret on the middle 2 strings, and I'm
letting the E string ring open.
Even though it's not part of the D chord,
I love the kinda bright,
sparkly feeling of that E.
It's the second note in the D scale.
Ringing out through this.
It's, it's just charming sounds.
It's, it's not atonal or anything.
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So,
all of the melody that's happened between
the 4th fret and the 7th fret.
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Might help to hear the,
the vocal, that's happening at that
moment.
We're not playing.
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Kinda simplified the melody to become.
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And
it's enough of the melody to give the
listener the feeling that you're,
you're still playing it.
So, it's pattern, and the, and
the shift is right after the 1, 2, 3, 1,
2, 3, 1, 2.
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1, 2, 3, 1, 2,
3, 1, 2 pattern, right at the end of the
pattern you shift,
then you go back down to this E note, and
you're on an A chord.
Okay, so, going all the way back to the
top.
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D chord.
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Back to the A.
Now we do all the, the 1st phrase again.
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Here's the.
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E chord.
I'm playing the 9th fret and the 5th fret,
which is the B and the D,
that's a E7, with the E note ringing open.
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This is a tricky one.
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It's a long stretch.
It's the 11th fret and the 5th fret.
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If you can't make that stretch.
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There's a.
You could go to the open.
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Just let the A string ring open.
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Then play 11, 11, 9, 7.
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So, again on this E chord.
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Okay, let's start again.
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Tiny variation here,
instead of just playing open A, I'm
fretting the 7th and
the 4th fret, to get a full A arpeggio
right at that moment.
So we're at the 2nd fret, 4th, 7th, and
4th.
And then the 11th.
9, 7, and the D chord.
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So,
it's gonna have to have this independence
of these two fingers,
being able to jump between the 4th fret
and the 7th fret,
while this finger maintains the 5th fret
on the 2nd string, and that never moves.
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2nd fret.
Opening phrase
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and you can end it here, too, at 7 and 4.
So, the E chord again.
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11, 11, 9.
And then, when you get to 7, you shift to
3rd finger, and 1st finger.
Okay?
Hope this helps, break down that old
Worried Man Blues for you.
Let me play it for you now, all the way
through, at a moderate tempo.
I'll count it off.
1, 2, 3, and.
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'Kay?
Good luck with that Worried Man Blues.
Thank you so much.
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