In Part 1 of this lesson, Mike shares a few ideas on how to make simple tunes difficult. Embellishing, incorporating things like slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs are a way to spice up a tune at any level. Also, playing the same song an octave higher is a way to make simple songs more challenging.
- Let's talk about making easy tunes difficult.…This is kinda fun.…Basically, it's just variations on a simple fiddle tune.…A lot of us play a lot of the same tunes,…and I'd like to help unlock that mystery for some of you,…is how you think of these variations.…What kinda things can you do to sort of doctor up a tune,…and I've got quite a list.…So we'll start with Turkey in the Straw,…and I'll just take it through a few different changes,…and then I'll attempt to break it down for you,…why my thought process.…
("Turkey in the Straw")…Alright.…
So what in the world am I doing.…We talked earlier about,…I think it was in the intermediate section,…about target notes on simple tunes like this.…You know, how can you break this tune down to it's…absolute skeletal essence.…You know, what are these notes that I'm talking about…when I say target notes.…In a tune like Turkey in the Straw, it's in a G,…and it starts on this B note,…(mandolin)…so obviously that's a target note being the first note…of the melody.…And you're heading to the G note.…
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- Practicing for speed
- Making chord changes
- Practicing finger busters
- Making simple tunes more interesting