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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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June Apple
 
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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Down the Road  
 
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The Flatt and Scruggs song “Down the Road” is a bluegrass standard and has been recorded by many musicians, including the Bluegrass Album Band, whose fiddler Bobby Hicks inspired the first solo you’ll learn here. It’s a relatively simple tune just eight bars long and with only two chords, but the Bluegrass Album Band’s Tony Rice sang it in the key of B, so it’s a good song for practicing playing in the key of B. Bobby Hicks’ solo follows the melody and includes some great pentatonic licks using the capo position that you can use in other songs. You’ll also learn a variation played by Stuart Duncan on a live recording of the Soggy Bottom Boys that you can download at right.

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