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Hayden Tutorial, Chapter 5

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Chapter five of Judy's harum scarum Hayden tutorial

---------------- Section One -----------------

[For those of you with minimal musical background.]

Let's add one more note to the left hand of the tune, which will make
it a more satisfying harmonization: moving one button right from the F, the G,

using finger 2 on it:



3 2


3 1


C D E E D C D C D E D C C D E E D C D E D C - -
C - - E - - F - - G - - C - - E - - F - - E - -
3 1 3 2 3 1 3 1

Here's the whole thing, in abc notation. You can cut and paste this
into the concertina.net abc tune converter, to see it in standard
music notation.

T:The First Leaves of Spring
V:1 clef=treble
V:2 clef=bass
[V:1] |: CDE | EDC | DCD | EDC | CDE | EDC | DED | (C3 | C3) :|
[V:2] |: C,3 | E,3 | F,3 | G,3 | C,3 | E,3 | F,3 | (E,3 | E,3) :|

The thing I like about abc notation is there are about a million tunes
out there in abc, and it's a real handy notation for just jotting down
a tune someone just taught me and I don't have staff paper handy.


So now that you've got the sound of major firmly in your ear, let's do a
minor tune.

It's really the same tune, but played in a minor key.

Next time I'll say some more about Minor v.s. Major, but for the
moment, just treat it like two different colors; green is green, blue is
blue, The First Leaves of Spring is what Major sounds like, and

The Last Snows of Winter is what Minor sounds like.

Here's what the new minor tune looks like using abc notation:


T:The Last Snows of Winter
K:D minor
|: DEF | FED | EDE | FED | DEF | FED | EFE | (D3 | D3) :|

Find the location of the F on your button chart, and here's the fingers to use,

in the right hand:




2 3


And the tune, with fingerings:

2 3 1 1 3 2 3 2 3 1 3 2 2 3 1 1 3 2 3 1 3 2
D E F F E D E D E F E D D E F F E D E F E D - -

That first finger on the F may feel a bit awkward at first, but just
play the tune slowly a bunch of times, and it will get comfortable.

Ok, here's a left hand and fingerings to go with the tune:

D E F F E D E D E F E D D E F F E D E F E D - -
D - - F - - G - - A - - D - - F - - G - - F - -
2 3 2 1 2 3 2 3

You may want to play the left hand all by itself until it gets
comfortable; then put it with the right hand.

If that doesn't work too well -- there's a lot of fingers to
coordinate all at once! -- try a simpler left hand, maybe just the D
note, the same way as I started you with for The First Leaves of

That would look like this:

D E F F E D E D E F E D D E F F E D E F E D - -
D - - D - - D - - D - - D - - D - - D - - D - -
2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

That's an example of simplifying when you need to; keep it in mind as
you learn new tunes; it'll get you started with the easiest left hand
possible. Next time, I'll show how I went about adding a left hand to a

---------------- Section Two -----------------

[For those of you with more musical background.]

A couple of interesting challenges.

Start playing the Bartok Mikrokosmos. After about number 5, it helps
a lot to play the scale he's using a few times, before tackling the

actual music. And writing in your own fingerings helps too.


It's all about "where's the half step?" If you can keep track of where

the half-steps are in the scale, then you know when to go up or down

a row, and that helps. Some.


Find a book of beginner/intermediate classical guitar tunes -- they
have a lot of nice chording ideas to mess around with. You'll need
to, in order to fit them on the Hayden.

(yes, I'm kind of punting. I'm just learning to play Hayden myself, so
I'm having to dig around in my own collection of techniques for
learning new instruments... that's why I'm calling it a harum scarum
tutorial. Dumping out my musical bag-o-tricks, maybe one or two of
them will be new to you.)


Next time, to go along with the waltz harmonization demo in the first

section, I'm planning on a laundry list of resources for learning about

chords/harmony/theory, some of it pretty basic and some of it pretty


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