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Cooley's Reel

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by Bob Frost, updated: 2/17/2010
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Notes: The "Other" playing style is three-finger melodic.

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Bob Frost Says:
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @11:00:27 AM
A "Note" on three finger melodic: For tunes that have an expected melody line, such as Celtic. I avoid using the same finger or thumb to pick consecutive notes of less than one beat. Using three fingers means whatever digit picks the first note —say in a series of eighth notes in a reel— you have two choices of which digit to use to pick the next one. Any fret on any string can be a legitimate target. This means 2nd or third finger to pick the fifth string on any fret the instrument is set to have correct intonation by way of 5th string capo or HO railroad spike. Thumb on any string any fret, including the first string. If you know where to go to fret, this strategy eliminates relying on "rolls" (but rolls can be included) and opens up melodic possibilities where rolls don't get the melody. Practicing seems a bit clumsy at first until relocating, reducing, or eliminating a firm "anchor" position for your right hand. It won't take long to realize picking sixteenth notes can be easier and sound better than hammers and pulls giving you additional technique to embellish with triplets, rolls, and turns.

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