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ChickenMan - Posted - 12/30/2021:  20:17:18


Sovereign key of C



I've been working on this fun tune for a while now and since this had me dancing around the living room, I decided it's probably good enough to post here. Not perfect, for sure. The A part is played in 1st position and the other two parts have me switching back and forth between 2nd and 1st positions, mostly in second. It also seems my other C tunes have reaped the benefits of my efforts.



I hope you enjoy it! Guitar and ukulele back up by yours truly.


Edited by - ChickenMan on 12/30/2021 20:24:20


groundhogpeggy - Posted - 12/31/2021:  18:24:58


That's a nice one, Billy!

TuneWeaver - Posted - 12/31/2021:  18:51:57


Good job, Billy.. when I get Larry on track to accompany me, I'll post an attempt at the tune also.. I think we will "rock'' the next time we get together.. !!! Can't wait.

JonD - Posted - 01/01/2022:  08:23:45


Brilliant, look at you going to 2nd position!

ChickenMan - Posted - 01/01/2022:  11:54:12


quote:

Originally posted by JonD

Brilliant, look at you going to 2nd position!






I played it a bunch yesterday and it's really settled into my muscles. I was then playing "Annadean's Waltz" and nailing the high bit at the end over and over again. 


Edited by - ChickenMan on 01/01/2022 11:57:15

ChickenMan - Posted - 01/01/2022:  11:58:41


quote:

Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

That's a nice one, Billy!






Thanks, Peggy. It's super fun to play with all the slides up and down. 

ChickenMan - Posted - 01/01/2022:  12:01:10


quote:

Originally posted by TuneWeaver

Good job, Billy.. when I get Larry on track to accompany me, I'll post an attempt at the tune also.. I think we will "rock'' the next time we get together.. !!! Can't wait.






C tunes rule! 

Quincy - Posted - 01/01/2022:  21:11:19


You got a lot of feeling for rhythm and style, hopefully I one day got this figured out too as well :D

Love the playing and the jazzy sound. How you do this?

I never even liked jazzy, but this is cool, sounds like fun to play.

Astrang - Posted - 01/02/2022:  07:37:34


There’s a lot going on in that tune, good playing, fiddle sounds good too.

TuneWeaver - Posted - 01/02/2022:  13:05:46


Billy, my take can't compete with yours !!!! .. I'm closer to 117 bpm and I think the original is a 120 bpm.. Larry on guitar.. Hope you like it.. Lots, LOTS of work to do on that high part yes..


Edited by - TuneWeaver on 01/02/2022 13:07:46


ChickenMan - Posted - 01/02/2022:  19:08:17


quote:

Originally posted by TuneWeaver

Billy, my take can't compete with yours !!!! .. I'm closer to 117 bpm and I think the original is a 120 bpm.. Larry on guitar.. Hope you like it.. Lots, LOTS of work to do on that high part yes..






Coming along, Lee. I practiced it much slower than that to work out the 2nd position stuff.



If anyone is interested, here's what I'm doing:



Bee part: I start by sliding ring finger up to get the unison "a" and then an f, d, e on the a string. Then quickly slide down with the e to the normal 1st position d, then just before the high notes at the end of that part I slide up (a string) from b to c (setting the 2nd position) and then finishing the phrase with c, b, a, g in 2nd position. Second time through, I slide up to unison e in the same manner as the a (ring finger) and stay in this position.



Cee part - quick slide down (for effect) from c but stay in 2nd to play the a, b, c# followed by b note slide down to a in order to play the f#-a bit, then a slide up from f# to g to finish out the phrase.



Those slides are pretty much crucial to getting into position and for getting than bluesy/jazzy sound. 

ChickenMan - Posted - 01/02/2022:  19:49:18


quote:

Originally posted by Astrang

There’s a lot going on in that tune, good playing, fiddle sounds good too.






There is a lot going on laugh. Thanks for the kind words. 



That is a Royce Burt revoiced Amati styled fiddle, #489. I really like the tone and ease of play and it has plenty of volume for playing with a bluegrass band as needed. Highly recommend him to anyone in the market for a new old fiddle. 


Edited by - ChickenMan on 01/02/2022 19:49:39

farmerjones - Posted - 01/02/2022:  19:55:11


I used to live at 49th and Hickman. smiley

Doesn't count for anything.


Edited by - farmerjones on 01/02/2022 19:55:44

ChickenMan - Posted - 01/03/2022:  05:06:49


quote:

Originally posted by farmerjones

I used to live at 49th and Hickman. smiley

Doesn't count for anything.






Oh yeah!  That street name hadn't even crossed my mind.  My buddy Justin lived on 46th and Hickman in DSM.

TuneWeaver - Posted - 01/03/2022:  05:12:47


WHile you are here, Billy, let be sure we can both play the tune at various speeds!! You played it around 100 and me around 117 and Charlie at 120.. I'll work at 100 and 120.. See ya!!

JonD - Posted - 01/03/2022:  05:20:40


George Washington Hickman farmed 160 acres adjacent to the road bearing his name, starting in the 1870s. We often walk past and admire the 1888 brick farmhouse he built that still stands on 35th Street…Probably unrelated to the tune, but I could imagine it playing on the Victrola in their parlor in the 20s.

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