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Using Patterns To Avoid Getting Stuck in a Pattern

Posted by fiddlepogo on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

These could be used either in an Old Time basically sawstroked melody approach for spice,  or to develop a flexibility in slurring for Irish Trad.

Three note upbow slurs in the  possible locations in a measure:

1-3-1-1-1-1  (Unshuffle aka downbeat Georgia Shuffle)

1-1-1-3-1-1  (Sawshuffle)

1-1-1-1-1-3  (Good ending lick for a sawstroke passage ending in a long note)

1-3-1-3      (Repeated Unshuffle aka downbeat Georgia Shuffle)

Three note downbow slurs in the three possible locations in a measure:





Possible combinations of  one 3 note upbow slur and one 3 note downbow slur:

3-3-1-1  (Smoothshuffle)

1-3-3-1  (Ozark Shuffle)




Then, once you have learned to put a 3 note slur across the mid-measure line, there is the possibility of slurring with 3 note slurs across measure lines, but that can't be shown with this notation.

You don't need to remember the names to use these.  I just put those there for the geeky!

The idea here is that some of these combinations will naturally seem easier to you, and you will use them, possibly even where they don't fit.   By practicing all of them, ESPECIALLY the ones that seem less natural to you, you can "level the playing field" between them, or remove a bias for one over the other,  and (intuitively) pick the one that fits the melody best.

And, actually, now that I think about it, 3 note slurs overall aren't as intuitive to grasp as 2 note slurs, but when it comes to actually playing them, they have some features that make them easier.

2 comments on “Using Patterns To Avoid Getting Stuck in a Pattern”

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Friday, June 28, 2013 @9:57:34 AM

Someone now needs to come along and argue, discuss, propound, propose,...dare I say vouchsafe that your Georgia Shuffle: 1-3-1-1-1-1 is -6 and has no place in fiddling because it's all negative! Negative I tell you! We need positive things around here, so why not have Georgia Shuffle be 1+3+1+1+1+1 so in summation we arrive at 8? Hmmmmmmm? But I'm not the person to engage, enrage, forsage, eat sage over any of these "patterns" as you call them. Just saying. You need an Idle Hands type character, at least a type thereof, with whom to banter these things.

fiddlepogo Says:
Saturday, June 29, 2013 @9:52:22 AM


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