17 Ways To Practice Jenny Lynn

In this lesson, I demonstrate 17 ways to practice the tune Jenny Lynn. This will make your sessions fun and productive. You’ll learn the tune at a deep level as you improve various aspects of your technique.

Before we get started, here are lessons I’ve made on this:

Once you can play the basic version, you’ll be ready to learn these variations, which will only deepen your

Let’s go!

  1. Alternate between the scale and the tune
    • Add variation to the scale.
  2. Looping smaller and larger sections
  3. Chaining
    • Slowly build up a tune, note by note, phrase by phrase.
    • Play the first note, then the first two, then the first three.
      • Do this until you have you can play a larger piece.
    • Then do the same process for the next piece.
    • Then put pieces together.
    • If you already have learned to tune, you may want to start by changing phrases instead of notes.
    • In addition to moving in a forward direction, you can start at the end of the tune. This is called backwards chaining.
    • Learn more ๐Ÿ‘‰ย Backwards Chaining.
  4. Pluck it in violin position
    • Plucking helps you to focus on the left hand.
    • Here’s a trick for rolling the bow into your hand so you can pluck (without setting down the bow) ๐Ÿ‘‰ย Going From Bowing to Plucking.
  5. Tremolo
  6. Close your eyes while playing
    • In this way you focus more on the sound and feel of the music.
    • Only do this once you’ve learned the tune well
  7. Work on consistent timing
    • Use an external beat: a metronome, play along track or drum machine.
    • Find a comfortable tempo and try to continuously play it with a beat.
    • This is a great thing to practice every time you play.
    • Learn more ๐Ÿ‘‰ ย Practice journeys: Timing Workshop.
  8. Work on speed
    • Once you can play at a consistent tempo, work on slowly speeding it up.
    • Find your slowest and fastest tempo.
    • You slowest tempo.
  9. Dynamics
    • Play quietly with small light bows (whisper).
    • Play loud.
    • Quiet to loud (crescendo).
    • Loud to quiet (decrescendo).
  10. Transpose down a fifth, from A to D Major
  11. Transpose down a whole step, from A to G Major
    • This is harder, because youโ€™ll use completely different fingering.
    • G Major scale: G0-1-2-3-D0-1-2-3 | D3-A0-1-L2-3-E0-1-L2.
    • Here’s how it will begin: D0-3-A1-0-D3-A0-1-D3-A0-1-D3-1.
    • See if you can figure out the rest! You’ll need to deeply learn the original tune. But that’ll be fun!
    • Learn more ๐Ÿ‘‰ย Tunes Transposed to G Major.
  12. Droning double stops
  13. Alternate between singing and fiddling a phrase
  14. Strum and sing the melody
    • The easiest way to do it for this song is to just play and A chord throughout the entire tune.
    • Here’s how you play an A chord: G1D1A0E0
    • Learn more ๐Ÿ‘‰ย Chord Backup Central
  15. Add slur two-separate two to groups of 4 eighth notes.
  16. Practice note-reading
    • Play the first without reading (learn it with tabs). Learn it well.
    • Then listen to it and look at the sheet music.
    • Then read and play at the same time
    • Keep repeating these steps.
    • Learn more here: Note-reading for Fiddlers course
  17. Do it in a minor mode!
    • This is weird, but fun!
    • Play an A Aeolian scale: A0-1-L2-3-E0-L1-L2-3
    • When playing the tune, do the following substitutions:
      • D2 > DL2
      • A2 > AL2
      • E1 > EL1

Practice creatively

With a creative mindset, you can play the same tune for hours on end practicing different things.

It may seem boring, but once you get into this kind of creative practice, you’ll find it to be incredibly fun.

If you discover a fun way to practice this or any tune, please let me know!

OK, go fiddle with it.

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16 responses to “17 Ways To Practice Jenny Lynn

  1. Love all these suggestions! Have done a lot of them, but I need to practice playing things way over there in the minor key more.
    I’m sure you talk about this somewhere else, but I also love to swing the beat when I’m trying to wrap my head around a new tune… sometimes I just like them better that way anyway.

  2. Just finished watching the video. Excellent suggestions! Even though Iโ€™ve been playing flute, piano for decades (teach and perform both), practicing does seem like โ€˜workโ€™ sometimes, especially now when we canโ€™t play with live people -although weโ€™re starting to see a light at the endโ€ฆ Yay! Now Iโ€™m going to try them out.๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. FiddleHed Group 1 Intermediate ( 3 members created during the first breakout group session) are practicing this tune, some suggested variants, and / eventually the variations with double stops, etc. It is quite fun and quite challenging! We are going to continue next week.
    Thanks, Jason and team!!!!!