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Hi Beth,

In order to learn shifting I am learning Amazing Grace.  My question is, what do you think of using the open G string as a drone (or do you think another note would blend in more complimentary with this song).  The version I've got is 3/4 G major.



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Posted: August 29, 2011
Last Comment: August 30, 2011

Posted: August 30, 2011

Thanks Simon, Beth;

Ah, whether it is nobler to choose a 'slow' or faster tempo that is the question. 

Beth, as always you've come up with something new for me to consider.  When I've taken this as far as my limited experience can take me I'll be posting a video.



Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 30, 2011
Hi Ray, I think it's good to choose a tempo where the bow can flow at a nice even pace. If you force a tempo that is too slow, at least in the beginning, it can make hearing intonation more difficult. Sometimes a slow moving bow can bend the pitch if it travels too close to the bridge (and that can easily happen). So, I would find a tempo where you're playing with your best tone, and then start slowing the tempo from there. The idea, from my standpoint, is that you use this piece to work on controlling long slow bow strokes. Also, a faster bow speed at first, will help you keep centered over the two strings (if you're playing it with an open G drone.) I'm thinking of a tempo between (quarter = 76-84). Hope that helps.

Posted: August 30, 2011
Hi Ray - when I've played Amazing Grace in the past, I've always done it at around crotchet (quarter note) = 60, maybe a little slower at 55.  I think drones would work well in this piece (I always think of bagpipes playing this tune!), but I think you'll need more than a G drone to make the harmonies work.  There are lots of examples on YouTube with the pipes playing the melody.