© Mike Moxcey 2005   

Grandfather's Clock with Chimes

Forward Roll with Syncopated Melody and Harmonics

This version uses the forward roll almost exclusively.
It is the best song I've seen for showing how to get a melody out of the TM TIM TIM forward roll using the first T and the two I strokes. Because the melody notes sound on the 1,4 and 7 beats of the measure instead of the more normal 1 & 5 or 1,3,5 and 7, the song sounds SYNCOPATED.

This also uses CHIMES or HARMONICS to get the tick tock sounds (marked by Xed notes).
For these notes, you touch the string directly above the 5th fret with your fretting hand BUT DO NOT PRESS THE STRING DOWN TO THE FRETBOARD.
Pluck the string with your picking hand to get a bell-like sound.
Make sure the "fretting" finger is directly above the fret and not behind it as normal.

The Physics of Chimes

You can get chime sounds at the 5th, 7th, 12th and 19th frets.
They occur where the string is split evenly. The 12th fret splits the string in half.
The 7th and 19th split the string in thirds and the 5th splits it in a 4th. (There is also another 4th above the head).

You can play this song slow and sweet and sing the sad words to it.
Because of the strong melody, it is also played as a high-speed bluegrass instrumental.

While any note can be a melody note,
when beginning with the forward roll it's often easier to think of the
melody as just coming from three specific places:

To keep the fingering less cluttered, I did not put in the basic forward roll TM TIM TIM and only put in the exceptions to this roll.

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