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Some ideas for solos for Little Maggie
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I did this video for another forum on the Bluegrass Song Little Maggie. Basically we were talking about soloing over the tune Little Maggie. This is just a stream of concious of improvising. Initially the first couple were really simple and then after that it goes off somewhere.

Generally if you are improvising on a singing tune (At least in the Bluegrass tradition), the first half of the solo should have a lot of the melody in it. The second half, most people feel free to go off and be crazy.

Another scenario is if you are in a big jam and the first few people have already "paid homage" to the melody, then I feel like you have license to leave the melody behind and improvise more.

And the opposite can also make you friends, if nobody has played the melody, sometimes I'll just play a real simple melody with some nice doublestops and just a few fills on the long notes ... if you start doing this, you might find more people coming up to afterwards and commenting on your playing than if you just regurgitate a bunch of fancy licks. 

 

 

Happy improvising.

Mark

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That was great, @fiddlinsteudel.

Very nice improvisation.

Thank you for the lesson.

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Wow, fun and fascinating!  Thanks for sharing. 

 

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I like this!  Thanks.. what Genre is this music... just curious. :)

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fiddlinsteudel > you bring much to the table > ROCKS > SWEET > Love IT!!! > Thanks > I'm a learning from ya > Happy New Year to you.

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Real nice job. I like the smooth and relaxed bow shuffle.

 

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I like this!  Thanks.. what Genre is this music... just curious. :)

 

@coolpinkone  - this is bluegrass fiddlin,

 

@StoneDog - thanks glad the vids are helpful

 

@Fiddlestix - thanks!

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Great job fiddlinsteudel,
Thanks for the post!!!!

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Very nice! thumbs-up

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Sweetclapclap

Very smooth fingers i must say..

Made me take a look at my own..

 

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