The Snowy Path
Here’s a beginner lesson on how to play this upbeat slip jig by Mark Kelly of the band Altan. Slip jigs are similar to jigs, but they are nine beats per bar (9/8) instead of six (6/8).
There’s a lot of repetition, which you can see in the color-coded sheet music. I suggest you memorize and master the first bar before moving on. Also, warm up with the basic rhythm on a single note. If you do these two things, you set yourself up for success in the rest of the tune.
This tune is recommended for students in Module 1.6 or higher. It’s a good way to practice the D Major scale and the swing feel.
I made a supplemental video in which I’ll show you how to apply different slur patterns.
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A Part, 1st Quarter
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 a D note with a D 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 the scale and phrases from the tune (once you’ve learned it) using the drone above.
D Major scale: D0-1-2-3-A0-1-2-3 | E0-1-L2-3-4
A part, first quarter
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
Further learning and practice
Bowing variation - supplemental lesson
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