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Left-Hand Technique, Part 2: Finding Pitch

This lesson is part of the course Beginning/Intermediate Fiddle with Chad Manning.
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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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Left-Hand Technique, Part 2: Finding Pitch
Left-Hand Technique, Part 2: Finding Pitch
 
It’s been said that pitch is more of an art than a science. In this lesson, Chad delves into various pitch issues, such as the nice “ring” you can get when you play certain notes perfectly in tune, landing notes firmly with your fingers and adjusting the pitch afterward by “rolling” your finger, and more. Chad also talks about the “just” intonation used in most folk music styles, and demonstrates the differences in pitch that some notes have depending on the key they’re in.

 
 
 
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