Posted by LifesMiracle on Thursday, January 22, 2015
Table of Contents © John G Nitkowski
No matter what your skill is you can always be better! The goal is not merely to enable you to play other people's musical ideas, but for you to create your own and be able to play effortlessly and almost without thought as most of the professional musicians do...
Up to this point, I've been calling them chords!
... which is technically correct. But the the term we fiddlers use most often is DOUBLE STOPS.
Most instruments can play all three of the notes at once.
But the fiddle can only play two simultaneously.
The order in which the three notes are arranged from bottom to top determines their Inversion. The diagram to the right shows the three inversions of a G chord-- G-B-D notes. The G note is red:
On your fiddle you have 6 possible ways to play the Major Chord double stops. You can play:
Never fear! There are only Six Combinations of the double stops on your fiddle, and then only the duplicates on the other strings and one octave up!
Take a look at the diagram to the left to see all the possible combinations for a G double stop:
Some other observations:
Arpeggios are any chords that, instead of playing the notes all together, you play them one at a time in succession either ascending or descending.
To the left you can see the 3 arpeggios of a G Major chord. An arpeggio can contain any number of notes that make up any chord, Major, minor, sixth, seventh, ninth, etc.
Many bluegrass and old time fiddle songs rely heavily on arpeggios for their melody and they're a great way to back-up other instrument leads and vocals. We'll do a whole lesson on arpeggios later on.
As always, remember as you move up the neck the spacing gets smaller! If you’re used to using tape to mark your frets you’ll need to learn to use your ear to determine the finger spacing to get the true note. However, after learning this MAP system you can probably get rid of the tape entirely.
Friday, January 23, 2015 @7:18:39 AM
Thanks. You got something I've been puzzling over to hold still long enough for me to see it. This is well organized information. Well done.
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