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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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Vibrato  
 
Vibrato  
 
Vibrato
Vibrato
 
Learn some exercises for developing your vibrato. Chad starts by explaining that vibrato should not be just a shake of your finger but very deliberate changes in pitch. Fiddle vibrato tends to be slower and wider than classical vibrato. Chad gives you some great vibrato exercises to try, starting with slowly rolling your finger flat and then back to pitch. You’ll practice this by repeating it in cycles. Vibrato should be rhythmic, and Chad demonstrates this by playing a few snippets of melody from “Kentucky Waltz.”

 
 
 
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