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Embellishing Melodies: “Eighth of January”

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Get started off right on the mandolin, with basic techniques, scales and chords, and simple and popular bluegrass and old-time tunes to play. Includes downloadable Play-Along audio practice tracks for rhythm and melody on all tunes, advice on embellishing melodies and playing tremolo, and more.
 
 
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Eighth of January  
 
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Embellishing Melodies: “Eighth of January”
Embellishing Melodies: “Eighth of January”
 
Learn an embellished version of “Eighth of January” in this lesson. As in the lesson on embellishing “Old Joe Clark,” you’ll learn a version of the melody that is filled out with some more melodic ideas. Sharon plays the first embellished version of both parts all the way through, and then shows you each part, phrase by phrase, giving you the chance to play each phrase along with her slowly. She also shows you a few variations you can add to the B part, including a sliding double stop and a triplet, and finishes by playing the entire embellished version at a medium tempo twice through, so you can play along with her.

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