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Under The Double Eagle

Fundamentals of the Melody

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Under The Double Eagle > Fundamentals of the Melody

Hello All,

This week we will begin working on the melody to the A part of Under the Double Eagle. The melody itself is very simple so the essential thing for you to learn from this lesson is how to incorporate Norman’s accomanimental strums into how you play the melody. Basically, you want to establish a mechanism that is loose and insistent, and that is in motion at all times; kind of the way you play rhythm guitar. In fact, if it makes things easier, you can simply think of this melody as a bass line that you would incorporate into your strumming if you were just playing rhythm guitar.





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Melody


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 0:45 Breakdown of Melody

Loop 16:02 Closing Thoughts and Outro





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JasonH Feb 19, 2019

 Chris, here is one more - I've been working on getting the basic melody down for Under The Double Eagle.  It took awhile to get the groove down, but let me know your thoughts when you have chance.  Thanks again for these lessons, I'm getting so much out of them.  Especially the Norman Blake content.  Hope you're doing well!  -Jason

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Mar 04, 2019

Hey Jason,

Great job working this up! You've got all of the notes and the basic goove down pat. The main area for improvement that I see is in the tension you are holding in your body. You're doing a good job with the music despite the tension.

Watching your video, your head doesn't move much at all and it's my guess that a lot of your tension is flowing from that relatively locked position. I would suggest that you practice moving your head and body around a bunch while you play. It might seem a little strange or silly but I think it might help relax your whole system. Check my video below to see what I mean. You don't have to play like this all the time, but I would make it a part of your regular routine so that you can start feeling what it's like to have more freedom of motion in your head and neck. 

Jeff Caldwell
Jeff Caldwell Feb 14, 2019

According to Wikipedia, '"Under the Double Eagle" (German: "Unter dem Doppeladler'"), Op. 159, is a 1902 march written by J.F. Wagner.'  You called it!

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Mar 03, 2019

That’s funny, Jeff! You get lucky every now and then!

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