I want you to work on developing your ear by playing along with these tunes without sheet music. It’s an extra challenge for you that will pay-off by making it easier for you to learn tunes in the future.
Soldier’s Joy Basic – Melody
I want you to all learn the basic melody to Soldier’s Joy. If you don’t know the melody, you have no business improvising around it.
Soldier’s Joy – Intermediate
This is the melody that is most commonly played by fiddlers. Learn this next once you have mastered the basic melody.
Soldier’s Joy – Intermediate Harmony (BONUS)
Once you have mastered the intermediate version of Soldier’s Joy, learn this harmony, and play it along with the Intermediate version. Or practice playing the melody along with this video to get comfortable listening as you play the melody.
Soldier’s Joy – Advanced
Once you have mastered the melody and the harmonies, it’s time to start playing around with the melody and really making it your own. Have some fun, and try the different options I have laid out for you! FIDDLE ON! Vi ps. These free fiddle lessons are brought to you by [my] Talent Forge and Project Youth and Chamber Music.