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I know exactly what you mean about rushing the tune. I find myself backing off a lot when I think I can play it faster. I took Jason’s advice from one of his videos when he said something along the lines of just slowing it down and try to focus on each note.
Thanks for the response Jason. I got the basic tune from Wayne Erbsen. I just added the shuffle and double stops to the tune.
Fiddled first. Just received the mandolin about 3 months ago from a family member. But real easy to transfer fiddle tunes to mandolin when you get used to frets and picking instead of bowing.
Thank you for your YouTube channel. I’ve watched it since I started fiddling and your challenges have been a lot fun. It gets me focused.
I lost the option to edit this video. This is the same video as the other one “Shortenin’ Bread”. Will delete it as soon as I get the option back again.
Went bare bone tune, shuffle, then shuffle double stop. Fun to play and great exercise for double stops.
Very nice Blucy! Thanks for posting video. I tell ya what, I’ll throw out a video tonight of “Shortenin Bread”. I know it’s a childish song but fun to play.
I forgot to mention how I really like how you’re working in duets on your You Tube channel. Thank you.
Thank you Jason for the practice challenges. I have taken your motto of “Play every day” to heart from the time I did your spring challenge to now. I have played every day even if it was only for ten minutes. For the fall challenge even though I changed my goals a bit I learned six songs. One of the songs “Blackest Crow” I worked on drones and using my fourth finger with it. The last song I learned was “Soldiers Joy” that I learned from your You Tube Video. I’m able to pick up on songs much faster now since I began in February. This week I’m trying to learn “Victory in Jesus” just by ear. Also I am going to hit my scales hard this month (A, C, D, and G) and try to utilize the 1st, 3rd, and 5th of those scales for accompaniment. Then when December hits I will be working on Christmas songs. This message is in response to to your e-mail on asking how fall practice challenge went and any other type of continuation on what I would be practicing on next. Hope this helps.
I know what you mean by trying to rush the song. I’ve been doing that to “Arkansas Traveler” which I learned at Jason’s Spring challenge and from his “You Tube” video. I had to slow it down otherwise I’m all over the place. If I could only get myself to play it with a metronome and incrementally increase the tempo.
“Old Time Fiddle For The Complete Ignoramus” by Wayne Erbsen. Has about 35 tunes and is pretty much just barebones for beginner. I changed my goal for this week to playing “Blackest Crow” with drones and getting 4th finger to work better.
I love “Drowsy Maggie” and have it on my list to learn by end of the year. Just heard Mark O’oconnors version of “Ashokan Farewell” love it.
Just noticed the “reply” for posts. Anyway Maureen It’s a nice song to practice your fourth finger so in the key of G instead of playing the open E string I’ve been trying my fourth finger on the A string to get the E note.
Hey Maureen thanks for responding. I’ve been playing “Blackest Crow” in the key of G. I learned the tune by music notation and listening to the CD that came with the book I’m using. Very nice waltz and I’ve really enjoyed playing it.
Nice to read everyone’s posts on how they are doing on the “Fall Practice Challenge”! I accomplished my first week goal of learning the last five songs in a old time fiddle book I’ve been working on since February. “Blackest Crow, Wagoners Lad, Willie Moore, Wildwood Flower, and Little Birdie”. Unfortunately I haven’t been able keep up with my 120 minutes a day that I set for myself. Only ten minutes today when I ran through those five songs quick before I had to head to work. Anyway the second leg of the challenge for me is to learn “Asleep at the Wheels” version of “Cotton eyed Joe”. Play everyday everyone even if it’s only ten minutes have fun and enjoy the music!
Well done! Also thanks for your response on my post about playing under vocals.