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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Sometimes a tune just falls into your lap

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TuneWeaver - Posted - 02/17/2021:  12:00:55

I'd spent countless hours over the years trying to play "The Last Shot Got Him"..Well, Finally I got IT... I can now play it in D, C, G, A and F... Not bragging really.. It took COUNTLESS hours of work..But, how long it took to play that tune well is only mentioned for contrast reasons...

Today, I heard the tune "Texas Barbed Wire" for the first time... I listened to it for a while and then just, without effort, PLAYED IT... Boy, was it refreshing to Just be able to enjoy a new tune without having to spent days/weeks/months trying to 'get' it...It virtually fell into my lap!!!

Has this ever happened to you??

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 02/17/2021 12:09:30

groundhogpeggy - Posted - 02/17/2021:  12:08:42

Yes! Some tunes I pick up and just play...others, I have spent years trying and still can't. Sorry, can't think of what any of them are right I can assure you they do exist.

farmerjones - Posted - 02/17/2021:  14:53:25

I have a fiddle friend I only see once a year. Been longer obviously now. He plays a tune called 100 pipers. Took me years to get that tune, because I only played it once a year. I didn't pursue it otherwise, y'know. It never felt right to pursue it otherwise. It was just sort of a special thing, that way. Eventually, it kinda sunk in. Like I could whistle it now, but I wouldn't. I guess I drifted, but it seems some tunes are like memories of people. Do you remember who taught you a certain tune?

Lonesome Fiddler - Posted - 02/17/2021:  15:39:20

On the fiddle, and a bit less so on the guitar, I've gotten my do-re-mi's down to the point where I really can do a good 90% of the tunes that come into my head. You just have to get the intervals thoroughly under your fingers in a couple of easy keys (I wouldn't even pretend to pull off this feat of prestidigitation in something like Db). Part of this is getting your fingers comfortable with where the various scales begin and end, and how to do the various cliches most melodies seem to rely on.

groundhogpeggy - Posted - 02/17/2021:  18:17:56

Yes, Steve...there are a lot of tunes that make me think of people in my past. Also, some guitar picking licks that always make me think of the person I got them from.

TuneWeaver - Posted - 02/18/2021:  13:38:52


Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

Yes, Steve...there are a lot of tunes that make me think of people in my past. Also, some guitar picking licks that always make me think of the person I got them from.

Hey, that Would make a great topic..really... how tunes remind us of the past... you started it!!


groundhogpeggy - Posted - 02/18/2021:  14:46:57

Lol...I used to call guitar licks by the person's name who I stole them from. One time, back maybe about 8 years daughter and I were invited to play at a strawberry festival in Louisville. Well, we went and saw another old mutual friend to all of us there. He used to be a musician too...anyway, he was curious as to our notes (daughter and I take words with us in the times we've sung together so we don't get all tangled up with different words, etc.) and he saw something that caught his was something like "Annie take vs 2 and play WC. guitar pick." W.C. being his name spelled out of course...he was like...what the heck is that? I'm like...seriously, don't remember your own picking style? I had to show him what I had stolen off of his playing from back in the old days...he thought that was really funny, but even more than that...he was shocked and seemed sort of proud and humbled at the same time that all these years later i have his picking licks in my bag of tricks (wow that rhymes!). Almost like I had awarded him some type of trophy or

Swing - Posted - 02/18/2021:  14:58:44

A few years ago or more, another friend and I hosted a fiddle session weekly.. one of the guys who showed up own a regular basis had just been to a fiddle camp and learned a good tune and played it albeit slowly....I backed him up on piano....I only heard the tune once and in two days after I could play the tune up to dance speed... It surprised him that someone could capture a tune that easily...I still play it...

Play Happy


farmerjones - Posted - 02/18/2021:  16:33:04

I'm so sorry Lee. You caught me sentimental. Must be from all this isolation. Tell you what, I can't play Down Yonder without thinking of Red Lamb. He played that on TV! I don't think he was on but once. He thought it was nice I remembered. It was really nice for me, because I got to play along with a National Treasure.

I feel bad for them that just read a tune from a page. Pretty near every tune I play has a story. But. . . . . I hope I don't turn into "that guy" at the local jam. 

Edited by - farmerjones on 02/18/2021 16:34:10

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