Here’s an intermediate/advanced lesson on how to play Old Joe Clarke in the Round Peak fiddle style of Tommy Jarrell. First, I’ll teach it to you without double stops. We’ll take some time to loop on the tricky rhythms in this version.

And then in a follow-up video I’ll show you how to add fourth finger double stops, extract the rhythm (to help you learn the tricky rhythms in this tune) and play backup chords.

This tune is recommended for students in Module 2.6 or higher. It’s a good way to practice the A Mixolydian scale. It’s also a way to improve your fourth finger double stops.

 


 


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A part, 1st quarter


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Preparation

Review and practice these lessons:


Play an A0 note with an A drone. Allow your breath, body, and mind to relax. Listen to the blend of your fiddle with the drone, and enjoy the sound.

A drone


Next, warm up with the A Mixolydian scale and phrases from the tune (once you’ve learned it) using the drone above.

A Mixolydian: A0-1-2-3-E0-1-L2-3 | G1-2-H3-D0-1-2-3-A0 

A part, second quarter

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A part, third quarter

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A part, fourth quarter

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B part, first quarter

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Supplemental Lesson 📈

In this video I’ll show you how to add fourth finger double stops to this tune. I’ll also show you how to  practice the tricky rhythms using a power practice strategy I’m developing called “Rhythm Extracts”.

Other versions

Further learning

If you want to add the optional double stops, then take this lesson: Fourth Finger Double Stops

If you want to get better at practicing tricky rhythms, then take this lesson: Fiddling With Rhythm Loops.

If you want to get better at playing chords, then take this workshop: Chord Backup Workshop 1

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