Lesson 1, Topic 22
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Donald MacLeod - First Part (Tune Building)

Bar 1:

The key is not to invent the gracenotes, play what written right with the metronome!

Bar 2:

Keep you Taccum open and controled. There's no dot-cuts.

Phrase 1:

Lock in the G grace notes with your metronome here.

Bar 3:

Match the size of the two E Doublings and play all the steps.

Bar 4:

Let's hear a nice birl with all the steps.

Phrase 2:

Let youself fall into the groove and keep everything in line.

Line 1:

Hone in on the steady click of your metronome.

Bar 5:

Recycled Material: We've seen this material before, earlier in the tune! So, there's no need to learn this bit again (as long as you did a good job the first time around!)

Same as first line.

Bar 6:

Recycled Material: We've seen this material before, earlier in the tune! So, there's no need to learn this bit again (as long as you did a good job the first time around!)

Phrase 3:

Recycled Material: We've seen this material before, earlier in the tune! So, there's no need to learn this bit again (as long as you did a good job the first time around!)

Ending Phrase:

Watch out for corect gracenotes and any crossing noises.

Line 2:

Let's put it all together.

Whole Part (1st Time):

Zone in on the click and let your technique shine through.

Donald MacLeod - Second Part (Tune Building)

Bar 1:

Articulation is the name of the game here.

Bar 2:

Keep everything right on the metronome.

Phrase 1:

Keep it steady

Phrase 2:

Recycled Material: We've seen this material before, earlier in the tune! So, there's no need to learn this bit again (as long as you did a good job the first time around!)

Same as Part 1

Line 1:

Okay let's put these two phrases together.

Phrase 3:

Recycled Material: We've seen this material before, earlier in the tune! So, there's no need to learn this bit again (as long as you did a good job the first time around!)

Ending Phrase:

Recycled Material: We've seen this material before, earlier in the tune! So, there's no need to learn this bit again (as long as you did a good job the first time around!)

Common ending phrase.

Line 2:

Okay let's put everything together. Make sure you are staying on the beat.

Whole Part (1st Time):

Let's get in the groove and knock out this part.

Donald MacLeod - Third Part (Tune Building)

Bar 1:

First bar's not too bad but make sure you are 100% on the beat.

Bar 2:

Okay, here's a tricky one. Start this bar with the E Strike, get a nice clean D Strike and an E Gracenote in the, followed but a good 3 Step D-Throw. Note easy but super cool!

Phrase 1:

Don't move on until this is really comfortable. (Besided you know the rest already).

Phrase 2:

Recycled Material: We've seen this material before, earlier in the tune! So, there's no need to learn this bit again (as long as you did a good job the first time around!)

Common Ending Phrase

Line 1:

Line one. Everything on the beat!

Phrase 3:

Recycled Material: We've seen this material before, earlier in the tune! So, there's no need to learn this bit again (as long as you did a good job the first time around!)

Ending Phrase:

Recycled Material: We've seen this material before, earlier in the tune! So, there's no need to learn this bit again (as long as you did a good job the first time around!)

Line 2:

Okay let's add up the new and the old phrases to make our ending line. Sync up with the metronome

Whole Part (1st Time):

Keep everything groovy here, nice sync with your metronome with good technique throughout.

Donald MacLeod - Fourth Part (Tune Building)

Bar 1:

Get a nice crisp and accurate thumb gracenote.

Bar 2:

A similar bar here.

Phrase 1:

Last 2 bars we need to learn. Let make them perfect.

Phrase 2:

Recycled Material: We've seen this material before, earlier in the tune! So, there's no need to learn this bit again (as long as you did a good job the first time around!)

Common Ending

Line 1:

Let's play the line. Clicking away with the metronome.

Phrase 3:

Recycled Material: We've seen this material before, earlier in the tune! So, there's no need to learn this bit again (as long as you did a good job the first time around!)

Ending Phrase:

Recycled Material: We've seen this material before, earlier in the tune! So, there's no need to learn this bit again (as long as you did a good job the first time around!)

Line 2:

Let's try line 2.

Whole Part (1st Time):

Here comes the whole part! 1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4 keep the train going!