What is the music theory behind creating a Fiddle Break in bluegrass music?
What is the music theory behind creating a fiddle break in bluegrass music?
I know the best bluegrass fiddlers don’t play melody during a fiddle break, and play something very virtuoso 🙂
So this question is about how to play a fiddle break and not play melody 🙂
I know some of the theory for improvising in bluegrass:
Such as: use the blues scale for each chord, which is the i, iiib, iv, v, viib
(for each chord, notes generally from the scale of the chord, but playing the first, flattened third, fourth, fifth, and seventh flattened notes, of that scale), (so skipping the second and sixth notes generally),
So for the chord of D, the notes that could be played would be d, f natural, g, a, c natural, (because the third and seventh are flattened, plus that the second and sixth are skipped, generally)
Sliding from the note e to e flat,
Sliding from the note b to b flat,
Option of sliding from the flattened third up to the third (in each scale, eg: f natural to f sharp for the chord of D)
Sliding a two fingered double stop,eg: on G and D string, sliding a and f sharp up to c and a,
Double stops can be used, generally in thirds,
Double stop Shuffle bowing is another option (like for the Orange blossom Special)
Vibrato for long notes,
Vibrato for long duration double stops,
Sliding up into a double stop is another option,
Any other bits of music theory?
Like different rhythms that can be used?
Such as quaver quaver (slurred) quaver quaver (not slurred)
Anyone able to add any more music theory to Bluegrass Fiddle Breaks?