Playing Backup to St. Anne's Reel
For Mountain Dulcimer Players

Erin and Amber Rogers together form the energizing acoustic sister duo, Scenic Roots. A hallmark of their sound is how they closely listen to and back each other up, trading solos, harmonies and melodies.

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Demonstration Erin demonstrates her style of backup while Amber plays the melody of the tune on fiddle.
2. Knowing the Chords In this episode, Erin introduces the Open position chords that will be needed for this tune.
3. Closed Position Chords Erin demonstrates several closed position chords up the fretboard that can be used for backup in playing this tune. (For more detail, check out the Moveable Chord Shapes Lesson in the MD Skills section.)
4. Where To Play Amber demonstrates part of the melody and Erin describes where to play and why.
5. Alternating Bass D Erin demonstrates an alternating bass using the D chord to simulate the bass player's part.
6. Adding G Walkup Erin adds a fun Bass string Walkup to the G chord.
7. A Part Chords Now we put the A Part chords all together.
8. Adding Hammer-Ons Here's a tasty variation: adding hammer-ons!
9. B Part Chords We move up the fretboard to play chord shapes between the 3rd-7th frets for the first part of the B section.
10. B Part Optional Chords In this segment that looks at the second part of the B section of the tune, Erin offers an optional chord to use, as well as some strumming varieties.
11. Whole Song In this final episode, Erin and Amber put all the pieces of the song together and play them at a slow and a faster tempo.
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