Lesson  - The Back Door (Part I)

Classic 2/4


Hello all, and welcome back!

I picked up a few techniques in my recent trip to Lake Fausse LA Balfa Heritage that I'd like to share with y'all!

There are several ideas that Iíd like to convey in this session.

First off, the song is: ďThe Back DoorĒ.

Itís a classic DL Menard Cajun number that youíll hear at just about any jam session, so that makes it a nice candidate for others to play along with you!

Iím also demonstrating a subtle but effective right hand rhythm style thatís used in part of the tune.  I was shown this technique by Paul Daigle in a recent Lake Fausse LA Balfa Heritage weekend.

But, instead of just concentrating on the right hand melody as is commonly done, Iíd like to talk about the left hand for a while.

IĎve received a few emails about ďhow do you keep that left hand going?Ē type question. 

Iíve also seen many people who get quite adept at right hand, but aren't very smooth with the left hand, so, let's study box rhythm for a while.

This lessonís tune is a two-step, or 2/4 type feel.  (Definitely not a ĺ time waltz!)

The most common rhythm figure for a two-step is something like, bass-chord-bass-chord, etc.

Iíd hazard to say that youíre playing quarter notes when you do this. 

The timing of the right-hand-played melody may be quarter notes too .. but frequently, they are eight-notes.  Which means two-for-one.  That is, two notes are being played on the right side while only one is being played on the left.    See what's happening?  A pull & push on the bass button, then a push & pull on the chord button.

No real problem .. yet.  But, hereís the rub!  If youíve been working on some of the other lessons, you probably know by now that the bellows direction is completely directed by the requirements of right hand melody.

If you godda pull to get the note you want .. so be it!  (Same rule for a push.)

And sometimes, those direction changes fall smack dab in the middle of a chord, or bass note that the left hand is playing!  And thatís harder to do than to just synchronize left & right.

So, letís examine an example of bellows reversing in the middle of some chords.

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Bellows Reversals