When I first started playing, I noticed that you could always stick a pair of two note slurs into sawstroke.
I usually did it like this:
if i remember correctly.
But doing it like that sounds a little too Baroque somehow for my taste in Old Time.
I then moved on to Nashville, then 3 note slur patterns, like Smoothshuffle and Sawshuffle, then Syncoshuffle and Offset Nashville that feature off-the-beat 2 note slurs, but never thought much anymore about pairs of two note slurs.
A few days ago I was recalling how you can reverse Nashville Shuffle into what I call the "Jingle Bells Shuffle":
Well, Sawshuffle is a measure of sawstroke with the latter half of a Nashville spliced on the end.
Syncoshuffle is half of an Offset Nashville with the latter half of a regular Nashville spliced on the end.
And in a similar way, it occurred to me to try splicing the first half of the Jingle Bells Shuffle onto the latter half of a Nashville Shuffle:
It doesn't LOOK all that earthshaking, but putting the two note slurs in the middle like that seems to have more drive than having the two note slurs filling the first half or the second half of the measure.
In some ways it's not hard... but it's hard for me to use it reliably because I tend to throw in 3 note slurs when I do!
But when I manage to play it, I like what I hear.
The two single strokes at the beginning give it an effect much like Sawshuffle, where the beginning of the phrase is crisp and clear.
And it ends like Nashville, giving you some of the flavor of that famous pattern, but different at the beginning. Many of my favorite patterns do that.
Because it ends like Nashville, you could use it as the opening lick for a series of Nashvilles, but get more clarity at the beginning of the phrase.
So, does anybody else use it?
Or know of anybody who did, or does???
I'd like to hear somebody's playing using this that has some confidence at it, to get a better idea of what it can do.