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Your Cheating Heart

Posted by Andah1andah2 on Saturday, March 12, 2011

Well, I really want to learn backup licks for bluegrass and old time country tunes.  So I have added chord practice to my daily regiment and was looking for tunes to start on.  Many tunes seem complex and I didn't know where to begin.  I remembered at Fiddle Hell that Dave gave a lesson on back up and used the tune "Your Cheating Heart"  I decided to go back to that tune to start.  The original version appears to be in the key of C.

It has been a great starter tune because it is slow, follows a basic pattern and for some reason just lends itself to be a good starter tune.  After Hank sings a line, the fiddle lick fills in afterward, I don't know how else to explain it.  In the original tune, a fiddle plays a simple lick after every line sung so I just mimic it.

 It works well for single notes but when I try to get the double stops down it doesn't quite sound the same.  Droning doesn't quite cut it.  I imagine the fiddler is playing a lot of 2 finger chords.

Anyone have any other tunes that work this well?



2 comments on “Your Cheating Heart”

mudbug Says:
Saturday, March 12, 2011 @2:00:46 PM

Good for you, Stew! I don't know if you need tunes that used fiddle in the back-up, that you can mimic, at this point or not, but pretty much any older Country, Bluegrass, Americana will give you that same feel, but sometimes it's other insruments playing the fills. You can learn alot mimicing other instruments or playing your own licks over theirs. I like to list my songs by keys, and work on 5 or 6 sonds in the same key. Try Hank Jr.'s "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound" , the key is G. "But don't play "Your Cheatin' Heart" , 'cause it tears me all apart, and I get whiskey bent, and Hell bound".

Andah1andah2 Says:
Saturday, March 12, 2011 @3:10:20 PM

Thanks Steve. I worked on it some more and what I did was:
after figuring out the notes in a lick, I took each note and searched for its 3rd and/or 5th and found the chords that fit the best

That Hank Jr tune is a keeper.

This bck up thing ain't easy but its fun when you work it out

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