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Methodist Preacher

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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In this lesson, Chad talks about his philosophy of improvising, including some advice from David Grisman. He shows you how he distills a tune, in this case “June Apple,” down to its most basic elements, so that you can start playing around with the rhythm, varying the melody, returning to the way you normally play the tune, etc. Chad also talks about the importance of listening to the musicians he’s playing with and reacting to them, and demonstrates how he reacts to the rhythms the guitar is playing.
 
 
 
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Methodist Preacher
Methodist Preacher
 
The fiddle tune “Methodist Preacher” sounds like an old-time classic, but was actually written by Bill Monroe. It has four parts and a lot of classic G-pentatonic fingering, with phrases that sound like other G fiddle tunes. Chad plays it through and then breaks it down, phrase by phrase. He also shows you the bowing he uses to play “Methodist Preacher” and talks about giving the notes a nice bite or percussive edge with the bow. As mentioned, “Methodist Preacher” has four parts, and the third part is repeated after the fourth part. Chad finishes the lesson by playing “Methodist Preacher” all the way through at a medium tempo so you can play along with him and see how all the parts fit together.

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