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Pick Direction, Part 1: “Old Joe Clark”

This lesson is part of the course Beginning Mandolin with Sharon Gilchrist.
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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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Pick Direction, Part 1: “Old Joe Clark”
Pick Direction, Part 1: “Old Joe Clark”
 
In Sharon’s three-part lesson on pick direction, she talks about the importance of playing downstrokes on the downbeats and upstrokes on the upbeats, using three different tunes you’ve already learned to illustrate some common issues you’ll run into. She starts with the first part of “Old Joe Clark” showing you exactly which direction your pick should be moving for each beat and melodic phrase. She also shows you how to pick the rhythm known to fiddlers as “shuffle bowing.” Then Sharon talks about the picking in the B part of “Old Joe Clark,” which includes a lot of phrases with the “shuffle bow” rhythm.

 
 
 
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