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Upping The Ante

A Celtic Style Lick with Two Slurs

This lick picks up where we left off in the last lesson. We maintain the quick pull-off and apply it to some different places on the fretboard. Because these slurs happen so fast, sometimes we can incorporate notes that are not in the key we're playing. That's the case here. That 3rd fret note on the D string? That's an F. That is not in D major, that actually is a note in D minor, but because it happens so quick, it doesn't create an unpleasant sound. It actually works great. It's more about the rhythm and feel. This is a very common trick amongst fiddlers and musicians playing in the Celtic style.

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Next, let's apply some of these pull off licks in the B section.