In Part 1 of this lesson, Mike Marshall teaches the classic tune "Fisher's Hornpipe" . Mike breaks the song down bar by bar and explains the chords used and the melody line for the song. Backing tracks and practice sheets are available.
- It's time for Fisher's Hornpipe now.…This is a tune I recorded with my good buddy, Chris Thile…a while back.…I don't think I'll be showing you that version with all…its crazy variations and rhythmic displacement and harmonic…madness.…We're gonna stick with the old time version here for now.…This again has a couple of moves in it that you'll be able…to use in many, many places.…We're building our little repertoire of Bluegrassy,…fiddle tuney rifts that we will then use in many ways…throughout the course.…
This tune has chords that change rather quickly,…D, G, just to like two beats on each chord.…And that manifests itself melodically in the actual melody,…you're moving from…a D to a G, a D to a G.…It's got a kind of twisty turny feeling to the fingers.…G, D,…G, E,…G, D,…A.…
So you just have to be sort of.…If that's tricky for you.…Break it down.…(music playing)…And just cycle that so you get those fingers to make…those moves.…(music playing)…So that's the whole A section and that repeats.…
And the B section starts with a trill.…
This course is part two of the Mandolin Lessons series, which includes hundreds of lessons, exclusive performances, and special guest interviews. Make sure to check out the exercise files for downloadable tab, audio samples, and other study materials.
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- Adjusting your action
- Changing strings and tuning the mandolin
- Playing a 1-6-2-5 progression
- Understanding moveable chords
- Practicing mandolin
- Playing blues on the mandolin
- Playing kickoffs