Wagon Wheel, Solo 2

I hope you all enjoyed learning the first solo/break from Wagon Wheel! I am back for round two with this second break.


As you can see from this FiddleHed arrangement, this solo is much shorter than the first one. Whether or not that's a good thing I'll leave up to you! As you can see, we are still in the key of A Major (3 sharps) and in 4/4 time. The triplets are also back, this time with slurs indicated.


As I mention in the video, the one measure you might want to watch out for in this one is measure 5. This is the measure where we have both extensive string crossings AND a slur. If rhythm happens to be more of an issue for you, I'd encourage you to COUNT this measure out in syllable/number form.


For example:


1-aaand-and-3-and-4-and


The reason we are missing the second beat is because it falls halfway through the quarter note, thus "1-aaand" - it's what we call a syncopated rhythm, meaning it does not create a perfect "1-and-2-and-3-and-4-and" straightforward way of counting. So, beat two is still there, we just don't say it because we don't have a note that falls on directly on the downbeat of beat two.


If the first two notes of this measure, the eighth note and quarter note, were reversed, this rhythm would no longer be syncopated, because our quarter note would fall directly on beat one, and the eighth note would fall directly on beat two. This would certainly be easier to count, but then you wouldn't now know about syncopated rhythms, would you?


Anyway, I hope you have fun with this short, sweet little solo. Feel free to add double stops once you're comfortable with the rhythm and melody! Double stops always make things sound more fiddly, anyway.




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