I’ll be learning the old-time tune, Salt Creek on the mandolin this weekend!
And with a potential winter storm, I might have time to make a video of Salt Creek on the mandolin, or octave mandolin. Maybe both.
This tune is a bit easier than some of them that I’ve learned recently, such as Big Mon and Brilliancy (Especially Brilliancy). But I’m looking forward to adding it to the rep list and coming up with some variations of it.
As you’re learning it, make sure to keep a metronome going-I know I always say this, but it can be pretty easy to develop some bad rhythm habits. Even if you’re just playing the notes without embellishing, you can still sound great while playing with other musicians, but bad rhythm sticks out like a sore thumb.
Some quick tips to help your rhythm include: Playing with a metronome, starting really slowly and get it clean first before speeding it up, using different rhythmic patterns (more on this later), and simply keeping relaxed with both right and left hands, while at the same time maintaining control of the instrument.
I’ll be learning Salt Creek in the G Major version above, but here’s an A major (D major, but A’s tonicized) with a great walk through from the YouTube channel, Mando Lessons. It’s a great video to work with as it also talks about ‘shuffle’ playing as well. You can check out more about MandoLessons.com at their website, here. They’ve got a ton of great mandolin learning tools(I teach mandolin a bit myself too…).
Here’s a great set that includes Salt Creek with Chris Thile, Chris Eldrige and Jeremy Kittel.
Here’s my newest written tune and YouTube video!
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