Many people ask how to learn Devil went down to Georgia on the fiddle. This is a very popular fiddle piece that is a country ...
music song by Charlie Daniels. Devil went down to Georgia is taught on violin from beginning to end in this 3 part series.
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Hello and welcome to part two on how to play Devil Went Down to Georgia on the violin. Again, my name is Mike Sanchez. In the first part we learned the very introduction to the song, now we’re going to learn the double part as well the introduction to Johnny’s part.
What I do at the beginning—or the biggest thing I want to mention is about the rhythm. You have four measures to do kind of one thing then four measures to do the next thing. And then you have four measures to end it and then it goes in vocals again.
So first part, I start off will a G and A flat, low one G and then slide on to like a B. And then I play a low D one C natural and kind of do same thing slide up two notes. Next part I’ll do A two, E three right next to each other starting off at like C natural. And then it keeps going this time all the way up until you hit sixth position and then you go back down. Do a quick slide in the very end so I hit the sixth position.
So going from the last two notes here—and then this next part is just doing a lot of the same thing in the E for the next four measures. And then—that’s what I do. You want to end it with a D two and an E flat and then kind of slide down. That’s where I end it. So just go up and down in the E string. I can demonstrate it again from the beginning.
Also you can make your own interpretation but that is kind of the devil’s part. It’s not supposed to be good, that’s the whole point of the song. So the next bar is going to be the introduction to Johnny’s part. And for it now we’re going to learn the single notes of it. And I’ll show you how to combine the chorus. So we are going to—starts at a pick up note and have it as here for slide to the F sharp and this is actually a tie E one and E one and I got to play these two notes twice. G, F sharp, E, E three, open A, D , E and then F sharp and then hold off a little bit longer.
And then the next part is slide into C natural. There is a tie here and then D, open E, F natural, G, open E, G, open E, E three, D two, open E, A three and then C natural.
The next part we’re going to slide into an E three and another tie with E, A three, there’s going to be a low two, C natural. A one right next to the two, open A, D three and then we’re going to play F sharp.
And then last one this is back and forth between a C natural and an E. At this point the E twice and then c natural once back and forth. Now we go to the Johnny part. Alright, so let’s start it at the beginning of the Johnny intro let’s take it at slow speed. It sounds slow now eventually it will be a lot faster. Work up speed so eventually it will go—
Now as far as the chords goes in the beginning you're going to include all A’s and E’s whenever you can pretty much. But fiddle as your own interpretation, so do it where you think it sounds cool. The next one I actually play D one right next to the C natural so I'm playing it on E. Vibrato and then—of the phrases.
So that concludes part two of Devil Went Down to Georgia—devil’s part and Johnny intro. Next we will learn actual Johnny’s part that will be fun. It’s kind of like the most famous part of the piece. If you like to learn either parts one or the next parts of Devil Went Down to Georgia in the violin fiddle, visit my YouTube channel which is www.youtube.com/violintutorpro. Hope to see you there.