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Pick Direction, Part 2: “Chinquapin Hunting”

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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The fiddle tune “Angeline the Baker” is a must-know tune for all roots music instrumentalists. Sharon teaches it here note-for-note and phrase-by-phrase. “Angeline the Baker” is in the key of D, and Sharon starts by reviewing the D major scale. She also talks about marking the time with your downstrokes, even if there’s a rest on that downstroke (sometimes called a “ghost stroke”), which will help you maintain a steady tempo. Sharon plays each phrase of the A part numerous times, so you can practice playing each phrase with her until you really get it down and are ready to put all four phrases together for the entire A part.
 
 
 
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Pick Direction, Part 2: “Chinquapin Hunting”
Pick Direction, Part 2: “Chinquapin Hunting”
 
Sharon continues her lesson on pick direction by talking about “ghosting” notes. This means that you keep your picking hand moving even if you’re not playing notes. This allows you embellish the tunes or improvise without thinking about which direction your pick is moving, because your hand is always moving up and down with a regular rhythmic feel. Sharon illustrates this on the tune “Chinquapin Hunting.”

 
 
 
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