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Peg Ryan’s Polka

 Look at the first note. If it is squarely in the red space, or above it, but not yet on the green space, then you play that note on the A string. The red number above the note tells you it’s played with the first finger on the A string. (Look at the Finger Positions for this Tune page to show you where your fingers go.)

Look at the second note. It is sitting on the blue strip. This means you play the D string with your fingers lifted slightly off the string (called: open string).

Look at the second and third note. The second note is played on the OPEN D STRING. The third note is ONE STEP ABOVE the second note, so you use your first finger to play it: D-ONE. In the third measure there’s a note with a 3 above it. This means you use your THIRD FINGER to play it in the position D-THREE. (Look at Finger Positions to find out where to put your finger.)

Use a lot of the bow to play each note. One bow stroke per note, the first going down, the second going back in the other direction without lifting the bow off the strings. Keep the bow perpendicular (like “T”) to the strings. Look at the picture in the techniques section if you’re confused.

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