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Backup Fiddle in Bb, Part 1

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Learn fiddle in the styles of Kenny Baker, Stuart Duncan, Vassar Clements, Bobby Hicks, and other bluegrass greats by learning classic tunes, with improvisation exercises and advanced techniques.
 
 
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Backup Fiddle in Bb  
 
Backup Fiddle in Bb  
 
Backup Fiddle in Bb, Part 1
Backup Fiddle in Bb, Part 1
 
In this lesson on backup fiddle, Chad uses Tim O’Brien’s recording of Hazel Dickens’ song “A Few Old Memories” (from Tim’s recent Where the River Meets the Road) to show you some ways to play backup on a slow song in Bb, using capo positions and simple melodies that outline the chords of the song. He starts by showing you a pentatonic scale in capo position that you can play to play backup lines on the Bb, Eb, and F chords, and then gives you examples of the kinds of lines he would play in those positions. He also shows you how to embellish simple melodies with slides, hammer-ons, etc., and how to listen to the singer and play backup between their vocal phrases.

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