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Example Two
In this example we are sliding on the first and second strings. The slide in the second measure is worth paying attention to because we are sliding the second string to where it matches the open first string. That strum after the slide with the first and second strings ringing the same D note can be used in a lot of situations where you want to add a little bit of flavor or emphasis to a song. Experiment with the effect and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how many ways you can use it.
The count is 1& 2& 3 4&, 1& 2& 3 4&.
Example Three
In this example we have a slide followed by a pull-off played over the basic frailing rhythm. This sort of rhythmic pattern comes in handy when yo u are backing up fiddle tunes.
The count is 1& 2& 3& 4&, 1& 2& 3& 4&.
Example Four
Like example three, this is another rhythmic pattern you can use for backup. The difference here is that we are breaking out of the frailing pattern in favor of playing a single quarter note between the slide on the third string and the pull-off.
The count in the first three measures is 1& 2 3& 4&.
The count in the fourth measure is 1& 2& 3 4&.






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