|Fiddle Tune Backup, Part 3: Texas Style
Fiddle Tune Backup, Part 3: Texas Style
Texas-style backup evolved from 1940s and ’50s Western swing guitarists who used swing-style “sock” chords to back up fiddle tunes (as well as swing tunes and songs). It has become the primary style of fiddle backup at fiddle contests in Texas and the Western US, and features a moving bass line with passing chords, often using two chords per measure, even when the basic chord progression remains on one chord, as in “Sally Gooden.” The chord shapes you’ll use are the same you learned in the lesson on playing “Trouble in Mind,” so if you haven’t learned them, it would be good to get them under your fingers before tackling this lesson, as the chords will change much faster when playing at fiddle-tune tempos.
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