Aura Lea
By Vi Wickam for Fiddle Players in the Key of G

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About the Lessons

1. Introduction Aura Lea is one of the most famous songs of the Civil War era. The melody was actually written by one of Vi's ancestors - George R. Poulton.
2. Demonstration Vi plays through the tune in the key of G with several double stops.
3. Singing, Expression First get the notes in your head. But then, Vi believes it will help to sing the words to this song in your head as you are playing, because the expressiveness from your heart will come through.
4. Melody Only Here Vi demonstrates the melody for both Part A and Part B.
5. Harmonize the B Part To harmonize, Vi plays "double stops." A double stop simply means that you're playing notes on adjacent strings at the same time. Two strings are pushed down at the same time or stopped by the fingers.
6. Play Along Vi plays through the entire tune twice, adding harmony and variations on the melody.
7. Conclusion For the first notes of Part B, you can play just the melody alone. If you are going to harmonize the melody, be sure anyone playing with you knows what chords you are planning to use.

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  • Lyrics

  • Story behind the song

  • Watch Vi play the tune with embellishments on his "Fiddle Tune a Day" YouTube feed.

  • This is Jan Carroll, sitting by beautiful Lake Tahoe, fingerpicking the tune on her mountain dulcimer with a couple of key changes.

  • Enjoy the sound track with Steve Eulberg on hammered dulcimer and Vi on his fiddle. This arrangement of Aura Lea is from their Fiddlewhamdiddle albumn, "Not My Monkey."

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