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Itzbin Reel, Part 2

This lesson is part of the course Melodic Mandolin Tunes with John Reischman.
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Itzbin Reel
 
“Itzbin Reel” is one of the first tunes John wrote. It’s basically a fiddle tune in the key of A, although the form is AABA rather than the standard AABB form of most fiddle tunes, and the B section has ten measures instead of the standard eight. John starts by showing you the A major scale and a couple of scale patterns to get used to the key of A major. And then he starts taking apart each section slowly, phrase by phrase. He also talks about keeping a steady up-and-down motion with your picking hand so you stay in time even when you’re not sounding a note. This is helpful in “Itzbin Reel,” because it has a few syncopated phrases that emphasize offbeats.
 
 
 
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Itzbin Reel  
 
Itzbin Reel  
 
Itzbin Reel, Part 2
Itzbin Reel, Part 2
 
The B part of “Itzbin Reel” starts on the relative minor, F# minor, with a syncopate phrase. John takes it apart for you and shows you how to think about the rhythm and picking of the first syncopated phrase. The part ends with a long ascending phrase that gets you ready to play the A part in a higher octave. John also shows you how to play the hammer-on/pull-off triplet that ends the part, and then walks you through the final A part up the neck. You’ll also learn the chords and voicings John uses to play rhythm on “Itzbin Reel,” as well as an intro and ending.

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