|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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