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Little Pine Siskin, Part 1: A Melody

This lesson is part of the course Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar with Scott Nygaard.
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Learn to play fiddle tunes and other bluegrass and roots melodies, with an emphasis on alternate picking, simple scales, and developing good picking- and fretting-hand technique. Designed for guitarists just starting to play melodies as well as intermediate players who want to work on their flatpicking technique.
 
 
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The B part of “Sally Gooden” starts with a simple scale fragment, starting on the open G, that may be familiar from the Alternating Picking video. Scott walks you through the melody of the B part phrase by phrase, and gives you advice on keeping your fretting-hand fingers in position above the notes, as well as “planting” them: keeping them down on the fret until after you play the next note in the phrase.These are very important things to work on, as they give your playing a lot of fluidity and make your fingering more efficient.
 
 
 
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Little Pine Siskin  
 
Little Pine Siskin  
 
Little Pine Siskin, Part 1: A Melody
Little Pine Siskin, Part 1: A Melody
 
John Reischman’s fiddle tune “Little Pine Siskin” is not that well known yet, but it’s a fun tune to play, has a catchy melody, and is good for working on playing in the key of D without a capo. It has three parts, but the B and C parts are only played once, so it’s the same length as a tune where the B parts are played twice. Scott reminds you of the D scale and how to finger it with your first finger at the second fret, and then breaks down the A part phrase by phrase. There are a couple of tricky things in the A part, including an old-time fiddle-style anticipation, where you hammer onto a note on the fourth beat of the measure and hold it through the downbeat, and a hammer-on/pull-off triplet lick on the D string. Scott makes sure you understand the timing of both and gives you tips on playing them cleanly and in time. He also gives you some ideas on varying your approach to the long notes in the melody that last for three beats, showing you how you can use hammer-ons to begin the notes and then add eighth notes, with or without syncopation, to fill them out.

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