Mike Marshall breaks down what exactly target notes are in this lesson, with the example of the tune "golden slippers". Mike defines targets notes as the most important notes in the melody. Breaking down melodies into target notes gives you the opportunity to expand and embellish the song.
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- Okay, we're gonna talk about target notes now.…And target notes are the real skeleton notes of a melody,…and this is the beginning of trying…to understand how improvisation works.…Or really variation on a melody,…if you'd take a really simple melody.…We touched on it with Old Joe Clark,…back a little while ago.…And I'm just gonna expand on the notion now…with a couple of more tunes.…We're gonna look at Golden Slippers the old--…the old time tune.…
I actually recorded this with Darol Anger…on our first duo record, many moons ago, on Rounder Records.…And we took this through its paces.…I remember many many variations.…So, I'll play the tune first nice and easy.…(ukulele music)…Lovely little number.…
So what are the target notes?…The target notes are the real essence of the melody,…and what you wanna do is just break it down…to the most simple parts of it.…Starts on a B note.…So if we really zoom it down even further that that, we get,…(ukulele music and humming)…And when you hear--…You're hearing all the surround notes around this B.…
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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