Johnny Don't Get Drunk
By Karen Mueller, for Mountain Dulcimer Players in D-A-d Tuning

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Demo In the first video, Karen plays through the entire tune. You will use hammer-ons and pull-offs in this tune.
2. A Part, Phrase 1 This is a standard fiddle tune with an 8 bar A Part that you play twice, and an 8 bar B Part that you play twice. The ending 2 bars of the A Part are the same as the ending 2 bars of the B Part.
3. A Part, Phrase 2 In this section, Karen spends extra time explaining the correct way to strum on the eighth notes.
4. A Part Together The second phrase of the A part starts just like the first part, but has a slightly different ending. Karen says this is often referred to as a "question and answer" structure.
5. B Part, Phrase 1 The B part begins with a hammer-on that is the same as the A part, but played on the bass string.
6. B Part, Phrase 2 Here Karen introduces the 2nd phrase of the B part, and then plays both phases of the B part together.
7. Special Considerations Karen shows us ways to add some variations. When you play a tune that uses all the strings in a melody, you can flatpick the melody part of the time. She also shows us how to emphasize the melody when you are strumming all the strings.
8. Back-Up Chords Karen demonstrates how to play back-up using the the D, G, and A chords.
9. Integrating Chords When you know the chords, you can use to add variations to your arrangement. Karen ends by playing through the tune one more time, up to speed with chords.

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  • The story behind the song

  • This is an old standard fiddle tune, and I enjoyed hearing the fiddle playing with the mountain dulcimer, banjjo, and bass at a campground jam session.

  • The more familiar you get with the melody, the easier it is to learn the tune. So here is the melody played on clawhammer banjo by Guy Wolff. He learned the tune by watching the video above on YouTube.

  • This is the Eelpout Stringers, recorded live at the '09 Leprechaun Days Bluegrass Festival in Rosemount, MN.

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