The Father of Bluegrass. He played fast and fearless. He didn't often play note for note fiddle tunes but relied on his wild syncopation and rhythmic inventiveness to create interest in his solos. All the licks here are very close to what Bill Monroe might have played. Most of his improv was often in the B section of the tune. Practice slowly at a manageable tempo. The default tempo is just so you can hear how fast he would play it!Learn
Turkey in the Straw - up the neck! If you are ready for a challenge this one will do it. It's a great workout for your pinky. Make sure to practice your G scales as well whenever you start to spend some time practicing this tune. Scale work really pays off and helps you when playing tunes. Most of the A part is in 5th position. That means your first finger hangs out at the 5th fret. Pay attention to the fret hand finger markings above the tab. A position shift is required going into, and out of, measure 5. Keep an eye out in the B section for the shifts there as well. Utilize slides to get into and out of different positions If you see a small dot above, that is an indicator to play that note staccato. Staccato means to play the note short. Right after you pick the fretted note, slightly release your finger pressure on that string, just enough to stop the note from ringing while not losing contact with the string. This motion is like the one required to play the bluegrass chop. Some licks show you how to play with an alternate fingering/position. Knowing how to play the same licks in different ways is great for your understanding of the mandolin fretboard.Learn
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Learn how to play the melody of Turkey in the Straw with the beginner mandolin tab on Tunefox. From there you can work your way up to the intermediate and advanced arrangements, which feature an emphasis on technical playing while still holding true to that original melody.
Need some practice help? Tunefox has several unique learning tools to keep your practice interesting and fun. Use the tempo slider to find the perfect tempo for you to practice at. When you’ve found it, test your speed with the “Speed Up” function, which will steadily increase the tempo each time the song or selected measures loop. When you’re ready to get off the tab, use Memory Train to increasingly hide notes each time Turkey in the Straw tab loops.
Get creative with this arrangement of Turkey in the Straw by using the Tunefox Lick Switcher feature. This tool lets you decide what licks you’d like to learn in the song and helps you better understand improvisation and creativity within the chord changes of Turkey in the Straw. Shuffle all of the licks in this tab to create an entirely new version of the song.
The backing tracks included in all tab versions of Turkey in the Straw are a great tool for practicing the melody or improvisation. Go to Settings to change the volume levels of the mandolin, full band tracks, and metronome to suit your practice needs.
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