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    Default Pick direction in Tarantellas

    As the Tarantella is 6/8, is it traditionally picked DUD DUD, like a jig?

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    I am interested in the answer to this too, I am pretty sure I am doing jig picking when I play one.
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    Same thing for me.
    I guess I used DUD DUD when I played the Wedding Tarantella.
    In the Ranieri method, triplets are taught this way. (Page 33 of Volume 2)

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    DUD DUD for me too, but I try to avoid turning tarantella into a jig. John La Barbera in his book Italian Folk Music for Mandolin and Fiddle notates them mostly as DUD DUD, but occasionally as DDU DDU as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeho2a View Post
    DUD DUD for me too, but I try to avoid turning tarantella into a jig. John La Barbera in his book Italian Folk Music for Mandolin and Fiddle notates them mostly as DUD DUD, but occasionally as DDU DDU as well.
    Me too, but there are times when I will just use straight alternate picking...depends how fast they band play the tune.

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    Default Re: Pick direction in Tarantellas

    There is almost nothing that cannot be played with (mainly) alternate picking.

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    I alternate pick Tarantellas. I find that I can't get the tempo up to where it needs to be if I jig pick it. I also think the triplet feel of the music is a bit more even than a jig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billslovin View Post
    I alternate pick Tarantellas. I find that I can't get the tempo up to where it needs to be if I jig pick it. I also think the triplet feel of the music is a bit more even than a jig.
    Even though I said I used other picking, when I think about it most of the time I'm mixing alternate picking and some Gypsy/economy picking on tarantella.

    Like these guys:





    This guy uses the DDU in the intro - but not when he plays the melody:


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    Like these guys:
    I really like the first one of those; i spent ages learning it from the Youtube movie. I wouldn't recommend the flying finger fretting style, though!

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    Coming from a bluegrass/fiddle tune background, the idea of economy picking seems pretty bizarre, but I'm going to explore that and see if I can make it work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billslovin View Post
    Coming from a bluegrass/fiddle tune background, the idea of economy picking seems pretty bizarre, but I'm going to explore that and see if I can make it work.
    The Gypsy jazz guys swear by it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidKOS View Post
    The Gypsy jazz guys swear by it.
    I realized that I already know some of this from some of the classical work I've done. Many of the Calace arpeggio studies use d-d-u or u-u-d.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billslovin View Post
    I realized that I already know some of this from some of the classical work I've done. Many of the Calace arpeggio studies use d-d-u or u-u-d.
    What the Gypsy jazz guys do is keep as many downstrokes as possible when changing to a thinner string. So economy picking would use that D D U (two downstrokes in a row and an upstroke), but the first downstroke would be on say the 3rd string and the next downstoke is a continuation on the 2nd string - a single motion much like sweep picking.

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