Squirrel Hunters

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  • Backup

    Adv.Intermediate

    This is a great backup arrangement of Squirrel Hunters for a fiddle. We've got up the neck playing for the A part. Our note choice focuses in on the 1st and 5th chordal tones, that way we are in line with the modal sound. Since the A part melody is usually played in the lower register of the fiddle, the up the neck backup provides good contrast, and stays out of the way. Both the lead, and the backup in this arrangement flip-flops in the B part.

    • Key D
    • 110 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Backup
  • Single String Style

    Intermediate

    Squirrel Hunters is a fun tune, but deceptive. The first chord is A, so you may be tempted to think it is in the key of A, and maybe it is. However, the other chords are G, and D. That would lead us to think it's in the Key of D. It's all about perspective. We could still say it's in A, and the G chord is a flat 7. But for our purposes we are saying it's in D, because that is the scale you should go to first when soloing or using backup on this tune. This type of ambiguity in the chord structure is called modal. Which means different modes, or keys can be used. The scale degrees, especially the 3rds, and 7ths, are not always defined clearly.

    • Key D
    • 110 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Single String Style
  • Melodic Style

    Intermediate

    The A part here is straight forward and relatively simple. Made to lie easily under your fingers while still capturing the beauty of this great melody. The B part may be a little trickier, especially if you are not comfortable using your pinky. If not, you definitely need to work on this tune to strengthen your pinky and your comfort level with melodic style in D. Use your pinky as an anchor point in the B part, covering the 8th fret with your ring finger, and reaching back to the fifth and seventh frets with your first finger(which will lay on the side of the finger tip) and second finger. Only lift your pinky when you need to play the open G string.

    • Key D
    • 110 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Melodic Style