Thanks again for your great teaching! I’ll try to make my question as clear as possible. When playing fire on the mountain if I start the song out with the traditional “hoedown” lick (long-short-short-long-short-short) I notice that the tune starts on the the short-short part of the luck with the C#,D….does this mean that those are pick-up notes into the tune and if so do I cut the hoedown lick to basically a long-short-short long-short-short long-short-short long then start the tune on the next short-short? Anybody confused yet? Lol.
Hi Catfish! First of all, you are exactly correct. The first two notes of “Fire on the Mountain” are the pickup notes, and you have to cut your shuffles a bit short to make room for them. They are two eighth notes that begin just before the first “real” measure of the song.
Here is the original YouTube video that Catfish is referencing:
That’s right! On this song, I have indicated all of the bow strokes. So, when you don’t see a bowing indicator for a particular note, that means that you just keep using the same bow stroke from the previous note. (This is called a slur.)
Ok, I just learned this, and can play it (fairly) cleanly at 120, if I can manage to keep my shuffle going, and that’s a big if. I can play it at the same speed on mandolin. but yikes, that 140 track is fast!!!! I can almost play it that fast on mando for about the first line, after which my arm cramps. this is a really fun tune, and now I have something fast enough to play with the devil’s dream.
Ok, having practiced it for about an hour, I can now play it at 140 on fiddle, and can almost play along with the 160 track (fast ??) but I can’t pick faster than 120 on mandolin…. not sure why, but now I have something to work on/for