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Discuss the Mandolin lesson: Bill Cheatham- Melody

https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/bill-cheatham-melody-mandolin-beginner

Not gonna lie, Bill Cheatham can be an intimidator. BUT, we can learn that rascal when we break it down to the basics. Let’s remove the fluff for a while to get this melody under our belt, then we can begin improvising later–Mr. Bill won’t mind a bit!

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Thanks so much for this lesson! I have been struggling with your Intermediate version, but I like the song so much I keep it on my ongoing practice list. Plus it’s a regular tune at a jam session I attend. Part A is not nearly as difficult as Part B, and now this melody lesson is keeping me up to an acceptable speed through the whole song.
I really feel like once I have this under my belt, the intermediate licks will come to me faster!

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Fantastic Ben.:clap:

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Am I wrong or at about 0:33 aren’t you actually playing (DD)(EA) instead of (DA)(EA)? I’m trying to work on moving my fingers rapidly between closed chords and 3 finger chords and have been working on the D-A transition but it seems to me you’re playing two D chords here?

Hi Chris @can

You are correct
(DD)(EA)

Dave

Thanks, I see he’s doing that throughout. Sounds good though!

Chris

Quick etiquette question:

I get playing the Chop chords on the mandolin as rhythm but is it also OK in a jam session to play the open chords as backup rhythm? I really like the sound of it and it seems like it would be a lot of fun and spices things up.

Thanks,

Chris

Normally others depend on hearing the chop as part of the rhythm section.

A possible spot to use open chords might be when the guitar takes a break. That way you’d be filling in that “full chord” sound the group is missing.

Another spot can be when you have a fiddle player or another mandolin chopping.

It can have a good sound using it as an emphasis on a certain chord or move too…the more sparing the use the more emphasis.created.

Of course it all depends on what material you’re covering and what fits best for the group.

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I don’t think I play two D chords in a row :thinking:

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@can @BanjoBen

You’re both right…Ben does play or say two Ds but corrects it it’s supposed to be a split measure.

the actual last line of the A part should be (DA( (EA)

Note: Be prepared for people in some jams to play it as (AD) (EA)

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Good point! I actually got a bit confused when I taught this because I’ve played it both ways so often.

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It’s easy to get confused on when folks play it differently.

If it makes you feel better I’m actually getting ready to record this tune (for fun at home) and haven’t decided what to use for that line yet…(drool).

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