Practice Journey: Leave Her Johnny, Leave Her
In this all-level practice journey, we’ll learn this sea shanty through call-and response. Thanks to Fiddlehed Tom for the suggestion and for helping with sheet music. You’ll just need to know the G Major scale for this one.
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What the heck is a practice journey?
This is a practice session in which you focus on one thing, but integrate other things you’ve learned into the practice. You can take a journey on your own or with others.
Learn more here: A Travel Guide For Your Practice Journey
This explains the fiddlosophy of the practice journey and gives you a general template for how to structure your own sessions in creative ways.
Specific preparation for this lesson
Here are some suggested things you can practice to get ready for the practice journey.
Learn and practice these scales:
- For Intermediate students
Practice call-and-response on your own:
- Call-and-response Exercises 1.4
- Call-and-response Exercises 1.5
- Call-and-response Exercises 1.7
- Call-and-response Exercises 1.9
Go here for further ear-training: Call-and-response Central
Outline and replay
- Simple warmup/ Fiddle Yoga
- Learn through call-and-response
- Alternate between fiddling and singing
- A tip: Going From Bowing to Plucking
- Bow lifting
- Key of D
- Same fingering, but start on A0 instead of A0
- Try sliding the first finger: D1, A1
- [SLF: 0] Sliding The Left-hand Fingers
- G Major, upper octave
- Start on A3 (D) instead of D0
- First things first: learn the first line well in the upper octave
- Medley with other tunes in G you know
- Girl I Left Behind Me
- Kesh Jig
- Kerry Polka
- Bile ’em cabbage down in G
- Starting G2 or A1
- Or pick something from the list of G Root Tunes
- Play the tune, then improvise on your, then play the tune again
- Think of the improv section as a time to creatively practice the tune or the scale
- Add Tremolo to the scale or tune
- Alternate between singing and fiddling
- Octave talking (play phrase in the lower octave, then the higher octave)
- Play like a whisper
- Transpose to C Major, lower octave
- Same fingering as G Major upper octave, start on D3 instead of A3
- Challenging: C upper octave
- You’ll need to slide the fourth finger on e string up to second position to hit the high C
- Cheat for bars 2, 11: E4(B)-4(C)-E4(B)
Sheet music and tabs
Try not to use this at first. Learn through call-and-response as I teach you each part in the practice journey video. Refer to this if you get stuck.
1st line: (D0-0)-G0-2-D0-0-3-2 | D1-0-G2-G0
2nd line: G1-1-1-0-2-D0-0
3rd line: (D0-0)-1-1-0-G2-3-D0-G2
4th line: (G0-1)-2-D0-0-G0-1-0
1st line: G1-1-1-0-2-D0-0*
2nd line: D3-2-1-1-1-0-G2-D0
3rd line: (D0-0)-1-1-0-G2-3-D0-G2
4th line: (G0-1)-G2-D0-0-G0-1-0
*I altered this slightly from the sheet music.
Lower octave – G Major
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Record a video of yourself playing the tune. See if you can do something a little different or fun with it:
- Transpose to a different key
- Pluck it
- Alternate singing and playing
- Dress up like a sailor or a pirate 🏴☠️ ⚓️
- Dress your dog up like a sailor or a pirate 🏴☠️ ⚓️ (Warning: they’ll steal the show!)