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Whiskey Before Breakfast, Part 1: A Part Melody

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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Whiskey Before Breakfast  
 
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Whiskey Before Breakfast, Part 1: A Part Melody
Whiskey Before Breakfast, Part 1: A Part Melody
 
The fiddle tune “Whiskey Before Breakfast” is a popular tune among all sorts of roots musicians. It’s in the key of D and Sharon starts this lesson by reminding you of the D major scale. Then she breaks down the melody of the A part of “Whiskey Before Breakfast” phrase by phrase, pointing out the pick direction you should be using for each phase as well, and finishing by playing the A part slowly so you can play along with her.

 
 
 
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