May 18, 2019 at 5:48 PM #72120
Thanks for the video on pentatonic notes and the solo pattern.
I will work toward the pentatonic scale next. Makes me want to get out the mandolin and try this pattern and then transfer to fiddle.
I already know the chord pattern on the mandolin so it should be easy to move to the correct position with the first and second fingers.May 18, 2019 at 6:04 PM #72121
When playing pentatonics I usually think of the first position I’ll hit as the first finger covering two strings…the lower string is the root.
I don’t regularly start licks on the 5 of the chord, or with that on the bottom of a double stop….
If I were to take off with a “3rd” double=stop, I’d normally use the 3rd finger on the root and the first finger on the third of the chord.
I also prefer to use open strings when possible rather than stay stuck to that one fingering. ..it lends itself to a much more versatile sound I think.
May 19, 2019 at 2:40 PM #72158
- This reply was modified 4 months ago by fiddlewood.
I wondered about the starting position and if you would really play the fiddle like that?
Using what you have shown me with the double stops, I can see where the finger positions repeat in a definite order from key to key.
I also found a short video on how to start improvising.
This is kind of an add for “Strum Machine” but I like the short licks and fills.
You can skip the first two minutes of the video.
I wish I could find more examples like this video.
May 19, 2019 at 3:41 PM #72160
- This reply was modified 4 months ago by Kenny.
Kenny…more examples are in every recording where a fiddle (or other instrument) plays back-up…May 19, 2019 at 5:25 PM #72169
I keep forgetting you can steal licks from other instruments.
I just need to pay more attention. and slow down and listen better.May 19, 2019 at 8:57 PM #72174
Below is Megan Lynch Chowning’s HOME page:
Go to PLAYLIST.
Scroll down to 56 on TECHNIQUES.May 19, 2019 at 11:21 PM #72178
Thank you Nancy. She has many videos on technique.
I will watching several videos from her homepage.May 20, 2019 at 7:20 AM #72182
yes, some good stuff there! Thanks Nancy!June 1, 2019 at 2:08 PM #72753
I’ve attended Megan’s FiddleStar camp. It was fun and the instructors were killer (Nate Lee from Becky Buller Band, Matt Combs from GrOlOpry, Justin Braunum & Deanie Richardson from Sister Sadie).
The Strum Machine site wasn’t available then. I tried it when it first came out and thought “why would I want to strum my guitar alongside this?” After seeing Megan’s YouTube above I realized it was for soloists, to provide background strumming. I’ve been using it every day with my fiddle & dobro and am about to pull the trigger on a year long subscription.June 1, 2019 at 5:47 PM #72765
Was this the adult camp that just ended?
Sounds like a great time among great fiddlers.
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