|Gold Rush, Part 1: Learning the Melody
Gold Rush, Part 1: Learning the Melody
As you progress in your fiddle tune playing, it’s important to think about not only the notes you play but how you play them. The notes of a fiddle tune, or bluegrass solo, can be articulated in different ways. You can pick each note or use slurs (slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs), and in many cases you can choose to play a note as an open string or by fretting it in a different position. The choices you make affect your tone, the rhythm of the melodic line, and the relative ease of playing the notes. In this lesson Scott talks about ways of articulating fiddle tune melodies, using the bluegrass fiddle tune standard “Gold Rush,” which comes from Bill Monroe and fiddler Byron Berline. But, of course, before you can think about how to articulate notes, you have to learn the notes, so Scott begins by taking apart the melody to “Gold Rush” phrase by phrase.
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