Here is a lesson on how to play the melody for a Fortnite dance called “Step it up” on violin and fiddle. This is actually a popular Irish jig called “Swallowtail Jig”. Amazing that this old tune is now in the most popular video game on Earth. Learn more about how music is recycled in this article:Dueling Banjos and the Great Folk Process.
My student and friend Toby will be showing you how to play the melody on violin. He’s new to teaching, so please give him lots of love! If you make it to the end you’ll see us bumble our way through the dance.
Take it from the experts (not), the key to Irish dancing is to kick and jump like crazy but have your upper body and arms remain perfectly motionless. Give it a try!
Some of you might be wondering, “What is Fortnite?” It’s a super-popular video game in which you fight zombies and save the world. Who doesn’t want to save the world? And who’s not worried about zombies taking over! A fun feature of the game is that players can do different dances within the game whenever they feel like it.
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: A1-2-3-E0-1-0-1-0-A3-1
Second quarter: A1-2-3-E0-1-0-A3-1-3
Third quarter: A1-2-3-E0-1-0-1-0-A3-1
Fourth quarter: A3-2-3-0-D3-2-3-1-1-1
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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Here's a newer version of the Notefinder which is based on sheet music.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.