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Bow Direction and String Crossings

This lesson is part of the course Beginning/Intermediate Fiddle with Chad Manning.
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Learn basic fiddle techniques by learning popular traditional tunes, with lots of technique tips and advice on how to get that fiddley sound.
 
 
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In this lesson, Chad teaches you the popular old-time tune "June Apple," which is in the key of A Mixolydian. Mixolydian means that the seventh in the major scale (in this case, G#) is lowered a half step (to G). In the first part of the lesson, Chad teaches the A part of "June Apple" phrase by phrase and also shows you the "Nashville shuffle" bowing pattern, which works well on the A part of this tune.
 
 
 
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Bow Direction and String Crossings  
 
Bow Direction and String Crossings  
 
Bow Direction and String Crossings
Bow Direction and String Crossings
 
In this video, Chad addresses some questions Peghead Nation students have had about bow direction and string crossings. He uses the tune “Ookpik Waltz” to show how the bow direction at the beginning of each measure is usually a down bow, how to make the downbeats target notes for your bowing, and how to adjust your bowing to play down bows on all the downbeats, no matter what you’re playing between those target notes. Chad also gives advice on string crossings: how to think about bowing from the inside of the strings instead of the outside and keeping your eye on your bow. He also gives you an exercise in which you turn the bow slightly on up bows.

 
 
 
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Bobby Britt is a young bluegrass and old-time fiddler from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, currently playing fiddle in the up and coming bluegrass band Town Mountain, which won an International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum award.
 
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