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Western Swing Fiddle
with Chad Manning
 
 
About This Course
 
Learn to play classic western swing melodies and solos from western swing fiddle greats like Johnny Gimble, Joe Holley, and others. For each song, you’ll learn the melody and a solo, along with tips on western swing fiddle technique, phrasing, improvisation.
 
 
Meet the Instructor
Chad Manning
 
 
Chad Manning is a Bay Area bluegrass, old-time, and swing fiddler who plays with the David Grisman Sextet, the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, and Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands. Over the years he has toured with many bluegrass greats such as J.D. Crowe, Curly Seckler, Alan Munde, and Tony Trischka, to name a few. Chad also finds great joy in teaching and working with all levels of adult fiddle students. He and his wife, Catherine, teach more than a hundred students at their studio in Berkeley, California.
 
 
 
Peghead Play-Along Tracks
 
Peghead Nation is creating a library of accompaniment videos (and downloadable MP3s) for songs and tunes that are taught on the site, classics that you'll find at many jams and picking parties. As a subscriber, you have access to this library and can use the tracks to practice playing tunes and songs at a slow or medium tempo with guitar accompaniment. New songs will be added regularly.
 
 
Western Swing Fiddle Source Material

Check out these songs featured in the Western Swing Fiddle course.


The Western Swing Fiddle Subscription Includes:
  • Melodies to western swing classics from Bob Wills, Asleep at the Wheel, and more Transcriptions of classic solos by Johnny Gimble, Joe Holley, and other western swing fiddle greats
  • Advice on western swing–style soloing and improvising
  • Chord and arpeggio theory and practice exercises for each song
  • New lessons added every month
  • High-quality video with multiple camera angles so you can see close-ups of both hands in action
  • Detailed notation for each lesson
  • Play-Along Track videos and audio downloads so you can play along with Chad
 
 
$20/Month For One Course
 
Additional courses only $10/month each!   •   Save 20% with an annual subscription
 
 
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Western Swing Fiddle Course Outline
 
Western Swing Boot Camp
 

These lessons introduce you to some of the most important aspects of playing western swing on the fiddle—swing rhythms, essential arpeggios, phrasing, and more. You can begin your western swing fiddle journey by going through all of these lessons before you dive into the individual song lessons, or start with a few of these technical lessons and then return for more after you’ve got some songs under your belt.

 
Swing Rhythms - New Lesson

Chad gives you a quick lesson in swing rhythms with a call-and-response exercise on a 12-bar blues progression. He starts with just one note (G) and then adds one other note (E) so you can concentrate on the rhythms he’s playing with one- and two-note phrases. He also talks about the kind of phrasing that makes a melody swing.

 

Outlining Swing Chords

Chad shows you two essential arpeggios (dominant ninth and major sixth) that are frequently used in western swing fiddling.

 

Neighbor Tones

Chad shows you some phrases using neighbor tunes, a half step below each chord tone. He shows you how to do this on a G chord: G, B, D. Adding neighbor tones to those notes you get F#–G, Bb–B, and C#–D. He also shows you a cool Johnny Gimble lick that uses the neighbor tone below the chord tone along with the note in the scale above the chord tone.

 

Tails, Slides, and Blops

Chad shows you some stylistic techniques that are essential for Western swing fiddle players: tails, slides, and what he calls “blops” or “blaps.”

 

Percussive Bow Attack

Chad talks about the percussive bow attack used in western swing fiddling.

 

Scale Patterns

Chad shows you some basic scale patterns to help you get more comfortable improvising with a scale.

 

 
Western Swing Songs
 

In these lessons, you’ll learn the melody, chords, and a classic solo to some of the most well-known western swing songs.

 
Sugar Moon

“Sugar Moon” was written by Bob Wills and Cindy Walker, and was recorded by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys in 1947. It reached Number 1 on the Billboard Country charts and stayed there for six weeks. Chad shows you the melody and chords to “Sugar Moon” and points out how they relate to each other, which will help you learn to improvise over the chords when it’s time to take a solo. He also shows you some double stops you can add to the melody.

 

“Sugar Moon” Solo

In this lesson, you’ll learn a “Sugar Moon” solo that combines an A part played by Johnny Gimble on an Austin City Limits show with Asleep at the Wheel and the Texas Playboys and an A part from Joe Holley’s solo on the original Bob Wills recording.

 

 
 
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