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Sue-from-Texas - Posted - 07/23/2010:  20:06:46


"Stoney Lonesome Fiddle - The Fiddle Music of Bill Monroe" - by Stacy Phillips
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stacyphillips.com/downloads.html

Hi. I just thought I'd let those interested in learning some of the classic Bill Monroe bluegrass fiddle tunes about an excellent set of transcriptions I found out about that have recently been made available by Stacy Phillips.

I'm not trying to sound like a commercial but I have always been very interested in learning many of these standard bluegrass fiddle tunes the way they were played by the fiddlers I admire - so this collection is very exciting to me. (Some include twin and triple fiddle arrangements! ....like Lonesome Moonlight Waltz, Scotland, Wheel Hoss)

The transcriptions include versions of tunes as played by Kenny Baker, Bobby Hicks, Stuart Duncan, Richard Greene, Jimmy Campbell, Tater Tate, Blaine Sprouse, Billy Joe Foster, Robert Bowlin, Byron Berline, Glen Duncan, Michael Cleveland, Ron Stewart and others. I only downloaded the files just today but if these are like Stacy's other books the transcriptions will be very true to the original recordings which is what I want.

The collection is called "Stoney Lonesome Fiddle - The Fiddle Music of Bill Monroe" and you can see the Table of Contents and a couple of excerpts from the following web page: stacyphillips.com/downloads.html.

For $16 you get 148 pages of notation along with 96 .mp3 files. The .mp3 files are are computer-generated playback from the transcriptions (sounds like a piano). I always need to listen to the actual original recordings when I'm learning from notation but I can see how these .mp3 files could also be useful. The .mp3s play the fiddle-part-only and match the transcriptions - so if you used a computer program like "The Amazing Slow Downer" or "Transcribe" to play the .mp3 back at a slower speed you could play along. Then, once you have the notes and bowing mastered you could focus more on the style and feel of the original recordings.

Hope this posting helps others discover this book of gems and many thanks to Stacy for making the transcriptions available to us.

...Sue

eerohero - Posted - 07/23/2010:  21:16:10


A highly wanted surprise

this is a real treasure, thanxs Sue, "you made my day " (as Clint Eastwood would express it), I express myself with the fiddle


Edited by - eerohero on 07/24/2010 12:20:51

coelhoe - Posted - 07/24/2010:  19:40:56


This product promo is misplaced. It should be over in "Product Review and Shopping Advice."

FiddlerJones - Posted - 07/27/2010:  03:17:48


This looks like a very valuable compilation. I must be an old codger, though: I'd rather buy the book. I wonder if it's available only as a download?

Sue-from-Texas - Posted - 07/27/2010:  07:04:02


quote:
Originally posted by FiddlerJones

This looks like a very valuable compilation. I must be an old codger, though: I'd rather buy the book. I wonder if it's available only as a download?


Hi, Jones. I just bought the transcriptions a couple days ago and in corresponding with Stacy I got the impression that he is offering the collection only by download to keep the price down. He said it is a "grass roots venture".

Regarding the printing, he sent a note that said, "the book is laid out so that if you print it out, there is minimal page turning within tunes. If the two pages of the table of contents are on facing pages, then the rest should follow. When reading the pdf on your computer the Adobe Reader -> View -> Page Display should be set to "two sided" or "two up".

Hope that helps!....Sue

FiddlerJones - Posted - 07/27/2010:  17:01:19


Thanks Sue. I can certainly sympathize with the publisher's desire to keep costs down. I'm in the publishing business, and I currently have stacks of unsold books stacked up against one wall in the office! I may just haul off and buy the download.

eerohero - Posted - 07/28/2010:  12:13:40


Hi Kevin
what kind of books you got stacked on the wall unsold.

Sue-from-Texas - Posted - 07/28/2010:  12:25:31


quote:
Originally posted by FiddlerJones

Thanks Sue. I can certainly sympathize with the publisher's desire to keep costs down. I'm in the publishing business, and I currently have stacks of unsold books stacked up against one wall in the office! I may just haul off and buy the download.


Jones, I meant to tell you that I decided not to print the whole book at once, I've just been printing out the tunes as I want to work on them and that seems to be working well. Best of luck with your business and happy fiddling!

harryt8 - Posted - 10/02/2010:  23:09:11


This download book and mp3's (Jerusalem Ridge on piano is bizarre) is excellent.
Stacy Phillips has done a superb job on this.
I've been trying to piece together the notes for "Fiddler's Blues" for ages, and here it is..!!
Tombstone Junction etc etc.

Well worth the money.



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