Jingle Bells

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    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    #6336
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    John White

    Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in the old mans hat. If you haven’t got a penny, then halve a pence will do, if you haven’t got halve a pence then God Bless You!

    -Bekah White

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    Anonymous

    Hi John, thanks for the great music sheets and song selections. I noticed that the music sheet for intermediate version of Jingle Bells actually links me to Over the River and through the Woods. Is it possible to connect it to the Intermediate Version of Jingle Bells w/notation? thanks!

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    John (BGD)
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    Hi Jack, thanks for the heads-up! It should be fixed now. John

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    Mark Rowe
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    Hi John,  I’m  really enjoying your on line lessons.  Just wondering if you could give some feedback on getting my speed up.  I am really struggling to get any song with a “shuffle” in it up to speed.  Are there any helpful exercises that address this. (I have been focusing on Jingle bells because the left hand isn’t that complicated-, but it has been two weeks and I just cant get my bow arm to move faster!) Is it all in my head?

    Thanks,

    Mark.

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    Angela
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    Hi Mark,

    ‘I’m sure John will give you some great expert advice. I’ll tell you what works for me. I have to use less bow and more wrist than arm. Also, using a metronome starting slow with one phrase and then bumping the speed up 5 clicks. Then 5 more clicks. Etc

    and I have to know it so well I don’t have to think about it. ?

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    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    That is great advice from Angela. It really is amazing how much less bow I use when playing fast than when playing slow. It’s almost like it’s a totally different song. Practice the shuffle independently, by itself, on some open strings. Once you can shuffle fast without the left hand, you can start adding notes in. Jingle Bells is a good tune, but hard to get fast. I recommend starting with Fire on the Mountain, or Old Joe Clark for practice with fast shuffles.

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    Angela
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    Mark, have you seen this?  I watch this and stand amazed at the speed. Just do what he’s doing here. Ha

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    Rock
    Rock
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    I feel sorry for his bow hair!

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    cricket
    cricket
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    I’ve seen it before…he makes smoke come outta that thing on that tune.  Gosh, John…I’m an admirer…you play any style like its nothing!  That’s amazing!

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    Mark Rowe
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    Thank you for the feedback on playing fast!  I think I’ll give jingle bells a rest and really focus on the shuffel.

    bit

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    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    I think that is a good idea! Once you are comfortable with the right hand making constant shuffles, it will be so much easier integrating the left hand and getting those notes up to speed.

    Thanks Angela! I am going to post more jam vids with my brothers and others. It is so much fu! My bros and I played three concerts this weekend, and in between we had a talk about integrating them into BGDU and making it a family venture.

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