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Banjo Lessons: Fiddle Tunes in D: “ Fox Chase”

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[MUSIC]
One
of my favorite things to do is transcribe
fiddle tunes.
I put out a whole book for Mel Bay of, of
fiddle tunes.
128 I believe it is, fiddle tunes.
And I spent a lot of time going through
old recordings from the 20s and
30s to get older versions of these tunes.
And it's really good exercise to
transcribe these things.
If you have an amazing slower downer, I
think it's called.
Something you can put in your computer.
It's a program you can use to slow things
down to half speed without having the,
having the the octave go down at all.
You just can hear it at the same octave
that you're playing in but
you hear it slowed down by half speed or
you can vary the speed.
And it's a really good way to train your
ears to hear notes.
And I'm gonna play a few tunes, where I've
done that except this first tune is a tune
that I wrote, and this is in the key of D.
I'm gonna do a few fiddle tunes in the key
of D because there's so
many fiddle tunes in that key.
And it's really good to get some
experience playing in
in other keys besides G and C, that we've
had a little bit of.
So, I'm gonna start with a tune that I
wrote, like I said, and
this is called Fox Chase.
And this is on an album I put out for
Smithsonian Folkways called Territory.
And here it goes.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
So
to play this, let me do it one more time
slowly.
[MUSIC]
Let's take the first section.
I'm kind of having a set position here.
I've got my middle finger on the fifth
fret of the second string.
And by the way, I've got the fifth string
tuned up to A.
[MUSIC]
If you have these railroad tacks here and
hopefully, you all do, or most of you do.
I have mine at the seventh and ninth frets
so I have the.
Fifth string slipped under the tack here
at the seventh fret of the fifth string.
Or even if you don't have that you could
tune it up and hopefully,
you won't break the string, you probably
won't.
It's pretty safe to tune the G up to A.
Anyway, so.
[SOUND] I, I have the middle finger at the
fifth fret of the second string.
[MUSIC]
And the index at the fourth fret of
the third string and I'm keeping those in
place as my pinky goes around.
[MUSIC]
Hammering on to the seventh fret
[MUSIC]
and then bring it over to the third
string, the pinky that is.
Third string seventh fret.
[MUSIC]
Over to the fourth string.
So the pinky's doing all the moving here
while the index, while the middle and
index stays stationed here, stationary
here.
[MUSIC]
And
I move the index over to the fourth fret
of the fourth string.
[MUSIC]
Hammer on.
[MUSIC]
And I'm doing an alternating thumb roll.
[MUSIC]
And I'm hammering index to pinky and
then index to pinky again.
[MUSIC]
And then I'm pulling off five to,
seven to five on the second string with
the pinky again.
[MUSIC]
Pinky goes to the seventh fret of
the fourth string.
[MUSIC]
Take the pinky up to the ninth fret of
the first string and pinch with the fifth
string.
[SOUND] Back to the seventh fret with the
pinky.
[SOUND] And repeat.
[MUSIC]
Hammer.
[SOUND] Hammer.
[MUSIC]
And
then the seventh fret of the four, second
string with a pinky.
[SOUND] Ring on the sixth fret of the
third string.
[MUSIC]
To the seventh fret of the fourth string.
So, all that is.
[MUSIC]
Now the the second section.
I was inspired to write this because of
hearing Sonny Terry.
I had that A section that I just played
and I was really happy with that and
I didn't quite know how to where, where to
go with that.
And so a.
So a version so a version of Sunny Terry
had a version of Fox, Fox Chases,
his own Fox Chase different from this one.
That he played on harmonica.
So I order from Smithsonian folk place and
put it on.
And he just did this one little lick that
inspired me to go.
It's a reverse slide down from
the seventh fret to the third fret of the
second string and I'm just doing.
[MUSIC]
Two forward rolls.
[MUSIC]
And
then I bring the ring down to the fourth
fret of the third string, so you got.
[MUSIC]
This is one of the dogs howling.
[MUSIC]
And then I just borrow the second fret.
[MUSIC]
First three strings with the index.
[MUSIC]
And
then the middle on the third fret of the
second string with a pinch.
[MUSIC]
Repeat.
[MUSIC]
And then the last section.
[MUSIC]
So I'm doing pull offs here.
I've got the index on the second fret of
the third string and
I'm pulling off with the ring finger this
time.
[SOUND] I'm pinching the first two
strings.
[MUSIC]
And I've got grippings of three.
One, two, three, one, two, three, one,
two, three.
[SOUND] I take the ring and take it to the
sixth fret of the second string.
[SOUND] And I'm pinching.
I'm sorry pinching, I'm choking.
[SOUND]
Bending that note, pushing up.
[MUSIC]
And hitting the fifth string, so.
[MUSIC]
And then
I offset the pull-offs by one eighth note,
instead of starting on the down beat.
[MUSIC]
On the third measure of part C here.
I'm going, I put the fifth string before
the pull-off.
It's again, it's offset.
So, I'm going.
[MUSIC]
Offset again.
[MUSIC]
A bluesy kind of flavor there.
So the whole c section is.
[MUSIC]
So the whole thing one more time is.
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