In Part 2 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.
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- Chromatic variations, okay, pretty much…any note will work, if you have the right kind…of trajectory, and you're heading somewhere,…you can get away with any note on the mandolin,…as long as you're heading some place that's logical…and harmonically has a sense of tension and release.…(variation on "Turkey in the Straw")…Okay, let's break some of those down,…so I'm not doing, so I'm trying to get away from triplets,…just to zero in on one simple concept here.…
So, I started on the B note, and I needed,…the whole point was that I needed to get to this D note,…at that rhythmic moment in the piece,…in order for it to sound like it was…still Turkey in the Straw.…And you give just enough melody,…after hitting the target note,…to keep the listener still engaged,…that this is still the same tune.…
So I used the F sharp,…see how where all that stuff comes from?…It's all chromaticism.…And it's all coming from this skeletal melody,…that's still in existence.…
Don't have a lot of, you know I need like two full beats…to get there so I'm bouncing off the G as a way of taking…
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- Practicing for speed
- Making chord changes
- Practicing finger busters
- Making simple tunes more interesting