Here is a lesson on how to play the melody from the Fortnite dance called Hootenanny. It’s taught by a guest teacher, my friend, and student Toby. It’s his first time giving a fiddle lesson, so be sure to give him a lot of love folks. If you make it to the end you’ll see us bumble our way through the dance.
For those of you not familiar with Fortnite, it’s a popular new multi-player video game. My student Toby is an avid fan of the game and fiddling. So it just made sense that we combine these two awesome things that he loves and make a fiddle video.
First quarter: (A1-L2)-3-1-L2-0-1-D3-A0
Second quarter: (D3-3)-D3-3-A0-1-D3-A1-0
Third quarter: A1-0-D3-4-3-2-3-2-0-2-3
Fourth quarter: D3-3-A0-1-D3-A1-A0
Notice that the second and fourth quarters of the melody are the same. They are lifted from the beginning of Yankee Doodle. Click here for a fiddle lesson on that. The third quarter goes pretty fast! But I think you can do it if you start practicing it slowly.
You’ll recognize the main melody as the tune “Dueling Banjos” from the movie Deliverance.
It was originally written by Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith and called “Feudin’ Banjos”. Here’s a fun version from the Andy Griffith show:
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Here is a quick way for you to access the essential practice tools you need. Under each tab you'll find play-along tracks, tabs and condensed teachings to help you as you practice. This is an evolving idea, so let me know in a comment below if it could be better.
Here's a newer version of the Notefinder which is based on sheet music. If you're interested in learning to read, this will be an invaluable reference. I'll be posting lessons on this in 2020.
Note: the brackets indicate notes that are the same pitch but spelled differently. For example, AH3 (D#) sounds the same as AL4 (Eb). Without going into too much teory detail here, this will be determined by the key of the tune or piece you are playing.
Here's he original table version of the Notefinder. Sometimes people learn in different ways...
Sawmill tuning Notefinder
This is used to find notes in Sawmill tuning (when the G string is tuned up to A and the D string is tuned up to E). If you're a beginner...best to ignore this! Learn more about sawmill tuning in the Appalachian Fiddle course.
Here are some common scales used in fiddle tunes. Each runs through a series of variations: two bows legato, two bows staccato, four bows, tucka (4 shorts, two longs), hoedown (1 long, two shorts), throwaway bow, triplets, tremolo.
G Major, starting on D3
Practice a tune with its scale (Kerry Polka is in G major, so practice a G major scale). Practice scales before, during and after practicing tunes.
Always return to a good sound, even if it means playing quarter notes on the D string. You can do this! You just have to remember to pause on practicing the challenging thing and just get a good sound on single notes.
Why do this? Because it will bring you deep joy. And it will build your confidence which will inspire further practice.
Here are all the core lessons from the main course. You'll see a checkmark for lessons you've completed. If you prefer, you can write down things you've learned using this journal: Master Practice List