Sweet Georgia Brown

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This is an online lesson for the fiddle tune "Sweet Georgia Brown."
This lesson is by special request for my friend David.

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Genre: Bluegrass, Old Time
Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Keys of G and F

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "Sweet Georgia Brown."

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"Sweet Georgia Brown" is a jazz standard and pop tune written in 1925 by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard (music) and Kenneth Casey (lyrics).

Reportedly Ben Bernie came up with the concept for the song's lyrics - although he is not the accredited lyricist - after meeting Dr. George Thaddeus Brown in New York City: Dr. Brown, a longtime member of the State House of Representatives for Georgia, told Bernie about Dr. Brown's daughter Georgia Brown and how subsequent to the baby girl's birth on August 11, 1911 the Georgia General Assembly had issued a declaration that she was to be named Georgia after the state, an anecdote which would be directly referenced by the song's lyric: "Georgia claimed her - Georgia named her."

The tune was first recorded on March 19, 1925 by bandleader Ben Bernie, resulting in a five-week No. 1 for Ben Bernie and his Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra.

 

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    Angela
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    Yes. Absolutely. Way over my head!!! I love what you do over the A7. It sounds so cool. I can play that. But I can’t even understand why it sounds good. Ha. Way way way over my head no matter what angle-chords, scales, ear, notes. I’m working on getting the basic melody with a few of the runs in the lessons.  That’s keeping me plenty busy.

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    It’s not as far over your head as you think! When you play scales, try to stay on the triad notes (1,3,5) when you are play the first and third beats of each measure. This will help you to anchor the scale.

    For example, if you are playing quarter notes, the scale might look like this:

    |  1 2 3 2  |  3 4 5 4  | 3  2  1  2  |  1 .  .  .  |

    Notice the bold triad notes on the first and third beats of each measure.

     

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