Adding Slides To Fiddle Tunes
Now we’ll practice adding slides to fiddle tunes.
We’ll use the same principle that I teach for adding variation to anything. Alternate between a basic version and the variation. This simple but powerful strategy can be used to practice anything.
Before taking this lesson I recommend you take Introduction To Sliding On The Fiddle.
Here are some guidelines for adding slides to tunes:
- Small steps. Start by adding a slide to a single note in a small phrase. When you can do that, then try it in the context of the whole song.
- Experiment. Try Practice big, low slides as well as little quick slides. See if you can find something in between.
- Take it away, bring it back. Once you can slide a note, remember to practice the same phrase without sliding. In this way you learn to add slides (and anything) with more intention.
- Don’t make sliding a crutch. A pitfall to learning slides is that a student becomes dependent on this to find the right pitch. This is another reason why it’s good to alternate between a basic and variation. It’s also why I don’t recommend sliding for beginners.
I suggest starting with a single phrase. Don’t overdue it.
For all these exercises, we will alternate between a basic (no slide) and variation (with slide). Enjoy this new sound. Also, be sure to practice it without the play-along tracks. Own each exercise. If you do this, you’ll be able to add slides to other tunes.