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Essential Shuffle Bowings

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Country and Bluegrass Shuffles

PDF with written exercises for each shuffle

  • Straight Shuffle

  • Georgia Shuffle

  • 3, 3, 2 Shuffle

  • Nashville Suffle

  • Combination Shuffles

Also Included- Hyperlinked live demonstrations of each

Backing track for practice on alternating shuffles

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Essential Double Stops For Fiddle

All Possible standard double stops for fiddle.

Use this to master harmony, read chord changes effortlessly and play tasteful, rich backup.

Essential Double Stops For Mandolin

All Possible standard double stops for mandolin,

Use this to master harmony, read chord changes effortlessly and play tasteful, rich backup.

Notation and TAB included

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Waterfall Arpeggios (Fiddle)

Great lick for tagging a solo or break, playing backup, filling the spaces, and building your technique. Bobby Hicks, renowned Bluegrass Fiddler, used this tool often in his solos.

Waterfall Arpeggios (Mandolin)

Great lick for tagging a solo or break, playing backup, filling the spaces, and building your technique. Bobby Hicks, renowned Bluegrass Fiddler, used this tool often in his solos.

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Bluesy Double Stops (Fiddle)

Ever wonder where that bluesy double stop sound comes from? Great for train sounds or colorful backup. This PDF guides you through all the possible combinations of bluesy double stop shapes (Includes 5th and b7th, b7th and 9th)

Bluesy Double Stops (Mandolin)

Ever wonder where that bluesy double stop sound comes from? Great for train sounds or colorful backup. This PDF guides you through all the possible combinations of bluesy double stop shapes (Includes 5th and b7th, b7th and 9th)

Notation and TAB included

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Major Pentatonic/Blues Scale (Fiddle)

Major Pentatonic

The absolute fundamental skill for learning melodies quicklyImprovising with ease, and outlining harmony. Mastering the pentatonic scale in every key is essential for any fiddler.

 

90% of fiddle playing in this Country/Folk/Bluegrass and Blues is improvised "back up" to a singer or other instrumentalists taking improvised (Or planned) solos.

Major Blues

What sort of practice will give you the biggest return on your time? 

 

Breaks, melodies, and backup are most often composed of this lesser known blues scale. It’s just one note away from the Pentatonic Scale, but that one extra note adds a ton of color. 

That one extra note is the minor third, which nods at a darker, more colorful sound than just pentatonic. 

 

In the key of D, that makes this scale D, E, F, F#, A, and B

 

Slide up from the minor third to a major third to achieve a brighter sound, or down from the minor third to the second for a darker sound. 

 

This scale alone works alright over all of the chords, but it sounds even better when you switch scales based on the chord in that moment: IE: G major blues over G and A Major Blues over A.

 

You can hear renowned guitar players Bryan Sutton and Marcel Ardans talk extensively about this scale in this interview:

Bryan Sutton Teaches Advanced Improv Exercises For Bluegrass Guitar

 

Working on this scale in all the bluegrass keys should be a foundational exercise for any fiddle player.

 

Major/Blues Pentatonic Scale (Mandolin)

Major Pentatonic

The absolute fundamental skill for learning melodies quicklyImprovising with ease, and outlining harmony. Mastering the pentatonic scale in every key is essential for any mandolin player.

Major Blues

What sort of practice will give you the biggest return on your time? 

 

Breaks, melodies, and backup are most often composed of this lesser known blues scale. It’s just one note away from the Pentatonic Scale, but that one extra note adds a ton of color. 

That one extra note is the minor third, which nods at a darker, more colorful sound than just pentatonic. 

 

In the key of D, that makes this scale D, E, F, F#, A, and B

 

Slide up from the minor third to a major third to achieve a brighter sound, or down from the minor third to the second for a darker sound. 

 

This scale alone works alright over all of the chords, but it sounds even better when you switch scales based on the chord in that moment: IE: G major blues over G and A Major Blues over A.

 

You can hear renowned guitar players Bryan Sutton and Marcel Ardans talk extensively about this scale in this interview:

Bryan Sutton Teaches Advanced Improv Exercises For Bluegrass Guitar

 

Working on this scale in all the bluegrass keys should be a foundational exercise for any mandolin player.

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Minor Pentatonic Scale (Fiddle)

Great for Visual Learners

The minor pentatonic scale can be used across styles- Blues, rock, bluegrass, country... 

Any time you need a darker, bluesier sound- Use this collection of notes to capture a darker feeling that is versatile and easy to use in your improvisation. 

 

 

This resource is designed to both present a sequenced, scaffolded approach to symmetrical finger patterns and also provide backing tracks that can be used to guide practice. 

 

 

 

Minor Blues Scale (Mandolin)

 

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Notation and TAB included