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Maiden’s Prayer, Part 1: Melody

This lesson is part of the course Bluegrass Fiddle with Chad Manning.
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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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Maiden’s Prayer  
 
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Maiden’s Prayer, Part 1: Melody
Maiden’s Prayer, Part 1: Melody
 
Bob Wills’ western swing fiddle instrumental “Maiden’s Prayer” is also popular at bluegrass jam sessions. As well as learning the melody in this lesson, Chad gives you lots of ideas about improvising on “Maiden’s Prayer,” showing you how to use the arpeggios of the A and E chords as jumping-off points for improvising. He starts by showing you his version of the melody, which includes some nice double stops and sliding harmonics.

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