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Update on my songlist

Posted by bj on Saturday, October 11, 2008

Key of D, ADAE Tuning

Cumberland Gap
Sourwood Mountain
Angeline the Baker
Cripple Creek
Damon's Winder *
Snake River Reel *
Oh Susannah

Key of G, GDAE Tuning

Old Joe Clark
Over the Waterfall
Robert E Lee *
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss *
Mississippi Sawyer
The Rosebud of Allendale
Bilem Cabbage Down

Key of A, AEAE Tuning

Remember What You Told Me
Cold Frosty Morning
Reap What You Sow
Elzik's Farewell *

* This is a tune I can play slowly, still in progress

There are a few others I seem to be able to play most of when they come up in a jam, but I have to dig through the jam tapes to find out the names and learn them better. Probably a half dozen more of this type, mostly in G or D. Funny, putting it down this way makes me realize I have to beef up the A list . . .

12 comments on “Update on my songlist”

Rene Says:
Saturday, October 11, 2008 @12:43:47 PM

You go girl. You've got quite a list going there.

bj Says:
Saturday, October 11, 2008 @12:50:13 PM

Yeah, but I'm not sure I got the keys right . . . ;-)

demi-potter Says:
Saturday, October 11, 2008 @3:03:22 PM

That's Impressive bj !!! It's a good idea writing a list. I would like to hear some of these and have a go.
My list is very limited at the minute all in GDAE tuning ...

Paddys Return (from Jim Burke at fiddlehub)
Whiskey For Breakfast (from Jim Burke at fiddlehub)

Hard Times
Galway Girl
Danny Boy....
The Water is Wide
and............ Have yourself a Very Merry Xmas! (I just slipped into this one!)

Have you a list for easy to learn tunes?

bj Says:
Saturday, October 11, 2008 @4:43:21 PM

demi-potter, the easiest tunes to learn are the ones you really want to learn.

There are versions of many of these tunes on the FHO Jukebox. Which ones aren't there are, for the most part, found on fiddlejammer's jam recordings list. The tune "Molly" is from a youtube video of Pete Seeger's old show Rainbow Quest which features the Beers Family.

FiddleJammer Says:
Saturday, October 11, 2008 @7:34:00 PM


brya31 Says:
Monday, October 13, 2008 @8:55:33 AM

bj Have you learned all of those by ear?

bj Says:
Monday, October 13, 2008 @9:04:01 AM

Yup. I don't read dots. Well, truth is that I can read dots if I have to, but choose not to. It's much easier for me to pick out stuff by ear. Reading the dots is too much work, at least for me. Takes all the fun out of it.

brya31 Says:
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 @8:33:21 AM

Sigh, I can only read dots. My dern ears aren't getting with the program yet!

bj Says:
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 @8:41:47 AM

Try it like Kiva Rose did-- on your nursery rhyme songs and other stuff you have heard that's stuck in your brain and is really simple. The first thing I played by ear on the fiddle was the two note bit of music that the Wicked Witch Of The West's Soldiers march to in The Wizard Of Oz.

You can also, at your next lesson, have your teacher stand behind you and play a note. Then without looking at him, find the note on your own fiddle. If you can do one note, then you can eventually build a whole song one note at a time.

Rene Says:
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 @8:56:29 AM

I'm a dot reader and can pick up by ear the ones that I've grown up hearing.

bj Says:
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 @9:00:00 AM

Start humming the ones you want to learn. Constantly. Over and over. Then try playing them by ear. It should come easier that way. I do that with tunes I want to learn.

janepaints Says:
Sunday, October 19, 2008 @7:17:04 PM

A strategy regarding 'playing by ear': persuade yourself that you're not fiddling but, instead, are whistling or humming. We don't think about notes when whistling/humming, just have an image of a melody in our heads and set off in the general direction of it, carefree, easy and unselfconscious. Relaxation is our friend.

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