Call-and-response Exercises 1.1
Now that you are on the fiddler’s journey, you will need a magic amulet: ear-training. Having this magic amulet will give you the power to play in tune, learn melodies by ear and eventually to improvise.
We will develop this magical amulet by playing a game called “Call-and-response.” This is one of the small steps that will set you up for a bigger win to come later in this lesson series: learning your first tune.
How this works
- In these progressive call-and-response exercises, I’ll play something and then leave a space for you to play the same thing. Try to get in the mindset of a little kid playing a game of Simon and having fun.
- Each exercise will start simply with single notes and then develop into more complex patterns. But pay attention! I will return to single notes here and there to keep you on your toes.
- All exercises can be practiced with bowing, plucking singing or humming. In some cases, I’ll specifically suggest doing it a certain way.
- If after trying this, it is not clear, please ask a question in the comments below.
Exercise 1: D string
Exercise 2: A string
Exercise 3: D and A strings
Exercise 4: E string
Exercise 5: A and E strings
Exercise 6: D, A and E strings
Exercise 7: G string
Exercise 8: G, D and A strings
Exercise 9: G, D, A, and E strings
Module Progress 1.1
Lessons complete in Module 1.1:
All exercises can be practiced with plucking, bowing, singing or humming.
Unless this is extremely easy for you, I recommend practicing each of these exercises at least twice. The more you practice this way, the more the fiddle will become an extension of your body and your voice.