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fiddlin red - Posted - 01/13/2020:  23:23:29


Hello Bowing Buddies,
Seeking notation for the tune called "home town Blues" as played by the Roane County Ramblers. If you have a copy, please send. Thank you

soppinthegravy - Posted - 07/13/2020:  16:22:13


I can't send you the notation, but it is in a book called "The Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes". There are no barlines in the book, but it assumes a typical 32-bar AABB breakdown/reel/hoedown is in 2/4 time.


Edited by - soppinthegravy on 07/13/2020 16:23:26

BanjoBrad - Posted - 07/14/2020:  09:57:48


quote:

Originally posted by soppinthegravy

I can't send you the notation, but it is in a book called "The Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes". There are no barlines in the book, but it assumes a typical 32-bar AABB breakdown/reel/hoedown is in 2/4 time.






A must-have book for any serious OT Fiddler (or banjo/guitar/etc player).  The source tunes as mp3's are available on-line, but I can't remember the link.

carlb - Posted - 07/14/2020:  13:11:40


quote:

Originally posted by BanjoBrad  The source tunes as mp3's are available on-line, but I can't remember the link.




slippery-hill.com/recording/ho...own-blues

Brian Wood - Posted - 07/14/2020:  13:25:45


I've tried reading those tunes without bar lines and I don't get the point of it.

carlb - Posted - 07/15/2020:  05:10:13


quote:

Originally posted by Brian Wood

I've tried reading those tunes without bar lines and I don't get the point of it.






From the Big Blue Book, p. V in Introduction:

"Despite much criticism from some of our contemporaries, we decided that old-time music is best written with no bar-lines. Rather, the steady beat of the tune is apparent because the notes of any one beat are beamed (connected by a beam across the ends of the note stems), or is a quarter note (one beat)."

Many examples are then given.

DougD - Posted - 07/15/2020:  08:21:17


One of the advantages of no bar lines is that it simplifies "crooked" tunes (at least to me). You are looking at the contours of the melodic phrases, without the interference of an arbitrary "picket fence," which is how I hear tunes anyway.

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