Old Joe Clarke – Round Peak
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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Video loops 🔁
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I’ve made some “Learning Chunks” to help you learn more easily. These focused exercises contain sheet music, tabs and mp3 snippets to guide you on your fiddle journey.
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.
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, first quarter
First quarter: E0-0-L2-1-0-1-0-A3-2
A part, second quarter
A part, third quarter
A part, fourth quarter
B part, first quarter
B part, second quarter
B part, third quarter
B part, fourth quarter
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”.
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