Recorded scales to practice and play along with are not always easy to find. Sure, you can find them set to piano, or even worse, midis, but to find a whole set played by the same fiddler, at the same pace, has been a challenge. However, today I found a YouTube video recorded by Dr. John Cockman, the creator of Bluegrass Daddy, of which I am a member, playing the seven most important first-position scales. Funny thing I never noticed this lesson on the site. Guess I haven’t looked close enough and just stumbled upon it on YouTube.
In this video, John goes through the seven most important first-position scales to learn for bluegrass, old-time and Celtic fiddling: G, A, Bb, B, C, D, and F. What I also like is I can view the Tabs as I watch and/or play along.
Members of Bluegrass Daddy, can also download these scales in Tab and/or Notation. Like I do in the Fiddle Tune Tabs section here of Fiddling for Older Folks, I decided to write the tab versions out for myself. I’ve also made them available in a pdf downloadable file for anyone who wants to use it for their own practice. I will also add this to the Practice Resource area of this website..
If you prefer just an audio version of the video, here it is. You can right click on it and save it to your computer.
And, as I learn these scales I will use a program like Audacity to slow these scales down if I need to.
It is always nice to find a gem like this!