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This lesson is part of the course Intermediate Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddle with Chad Manning.
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Learn classic bluegrass and old-time tunes and improve your playing with fiddle techniques like unison drones, slides, pulses, and more advanced bowing patterns, as well as advice on improvising and soloing on bluegrass songs.
 
 
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Salt Creek
 
The second part of “Salt Creek” moves up into third position on the E string, so Chad starts by giving you advice on shifting into third position, with an exercise to help you practice the shift. Then he walks you through the A part, finishing by giving you an example of how he makes up variations and improvises on the second part of “Salt Creek.”
 
 
 
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Backup Fiddle in B Flat  
 
Backup Fiddle in B Flat  
 
Backup Fiddle in Bb
Backup Fiddle in Bb
 
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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