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The Lost Tune

Posted by bj on Tuesday, February 24, 2009

This morning I picked up the fiddle and a tune I remembered playing with the Druckenmillers sprang into my head. When I played it with them, it was still too difficult for me to get it right. This morning after a couple times through I was playing it pretty effortlessly. I have NO  clue what the name of it is. I played it through maybe six or seven times . . .

And I haven't been able to remember it since.

It's driving me bonkers. I ended up skipping around on the one cd I have of the Druckenmillers, looked at the tune lists on their other cds listed on their website, and listened to those tunes to see if I could find it, poked around on the various tunelists, including the FHO tunelist. Upon hearing Seneca Square Dance . . . aaarrrggghhh. It's something like that, but NOT that. The low part is, anyway. Not the high part. And of course now only Seneca Square Dance comes to mind when I try to pull it out of the gray matter.

Have you ever lost a tune that quickly?


12 comments on “The Lost Tune”

OTJunky Says:
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @3:27:26 AM

"Colored Aristocracy", "Farewell to Whiskey"?

Yeah, this kind of thing happens to me every now and then.


bj Says:
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @6:06:00 AM

No, not either of those. They pretty much limit themselves to WVa tunes, for the most part, if that's any help.

FiddleCat Says:
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @1:18:48 PM

Record yourself playing it then post it. I'm sure your close enough to it that someone would know what it is.

bj Says:
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @1:23:16 PM

ROFL!!!! That's the point! I can't REMEMBER it now! It's LOST!!!

brya31 Says:
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @1:57:20 PM

Takes days and weeks to learn a tune and seconds to forget it, welcome to my world bj! LOL

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @7:01:12 PM

Thou shalt use thy digital recorder when noodling new tunes that thou mayest not utterly lose another tune. Dost thou at least remember the key?

bj Says:
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @7:15:38 PM

I make a point of recording myself only once a week. Otherwise I'd be suicidal.

How can I remember the key if I can't remember the TUNE?

fiddlepogo Says:
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @9:05:39 PM

Well, the Arkansas Traveler skit is built around the premise that the fiddling farmer has forgotten the second part of the tune, and the Traveler gets himself out of hot water and into the farmers good graces by either remembering the second part, or making one up!

Sounds like you need to have a talk with the Druckenmillers, maybe ask them for a copy of their tune list if they'd be so kind.
And ask them what they're hot tunes were at that time.
If the tune means that much to you, you might even offer them a cash incentive! Or free design consultation, or something!

And yes, I've experienced it. When I started playing again almost four years ago, I found this WONDERFUL Irish tune, got it in my head, started playing it...
and managed to forget it completely. I had been poking through a ton of ABC files and just played tunes where the titles were appealing, and somehow found that tune... and I didn't remember the title either, if it even had one.
Maybe however if I listen to EVERY SINGLE ABC file on my computer, I'll find it!
However, maybe it's just as well I forgot it- that tune could turn me into a full-blown serious Irish Trad-dler!

In general terms, I've found having tune titles to be a very important handle in jogging my memory. Sometimes when trying to remember a tune, if I just meditate on the title a bit, the melody will come floating in- there is some kind of connection there, and memory usually uses a number of different triggers and associations.

fiddlepogo Says:
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @9:08:45 PM

Have you checked here?
And here?
And here?

fiddlepogo Says:
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @9:15:52 PM

I was trying to think of tunes that reminded me of tunes that remind
me of the first part of Seneca Square Dance,
and the one I thought of first was Shootin' Creek...
even though it's riding on the 5th in D instead of the 3rd in G,
and lo and behold, they do a version of it-
it's cut 7 on the first of the two CDbaby CD's I listed.

Oh yeah- one more CD of theirs on CDbaby:

carlb Says:
Thursday, February 26, 2009 @7:17:29 AM

It happens to me quite a bit but usually not on such a short time scale. For example, for a performance at a Christmas Tea on December 21, I learned Melvin Wine's Christmas Morning. I hadn't played it since and Sunday, when asked to play it. I couldn't remember it all. Luckily I have Melvin's recording and yesterday it only took about a measure for the whole tune to come back. On New Year's, I learned Waltz in G from a friend. I played it for about a week and yesterday I couldn't think of how it went at all. A few measures was enough to bring the whole thing back. Now, I'll have to try them today before listening to the recordings to see if I remember them.

I guess there aren't too many tunes that I can play that I've forgotten the names, usually it's the other way round. I don't know if this phenomenon is because I'm 65 or because my brain has reached tune saturation (i.e. as one new comes in and old one leaves).

bj Says:
Thursday, February 26, 2009 @7:24:34 AM

The lost tune is FOUND!

I still need help putting a name on it. There's a link from the blogpost to a simple version of the tune I recorded this morning.

Carl, I hope that one new one in, one old one out doesn't become operable with me anytime soon. I don't know that many yet!

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