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Stuck in the Groove

Posted by bj on Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I've been playing ONE tune for three straight days now. Yes, I said three straight days. I haven't wanted to play anything else.

I'd picked it up from Rick at one of our jams, and hadn't played it since that night, but I jotted down the name on the tunelist-- Lowery's Quadrille. That was a few weeks ago.

Found a recording of it somewhere, don't remember where.

Got the whole thing in one take first time through EXCEPT that little pizzicato thingie in the C part. Took me most of a day to get that working right!

I wonder if I'll break outta this groove during practice tonight . . . . such a great tune, I LOVE playing this tune, I can just play it over and over and over again . . . Guess not.

12 comments on “Stuck in the Groove”

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 @7:38:36 PM

I enjoy pizzacato. I pluck the strings in a saucy manner, not enough to sound cheesy, however.

bj Says:
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 @8:06:36 PM

Geez, now ya made me hungry!

janepaints Says:
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 @8:20:21 PM

one night in art school days a bunch of us kids smoked a heap of hashis, oops i mean lucky strikes, and somebody put led zep's 'one whole lotta love' on the stereo....but the record skipped, in PERFECT time, right on that opening riff...da-da-DA-da-DA-da dadaddad....over and over and over and over again.....for about twenty-five minutes, our heads bobbing up n' down to the amazing hypnotic grooviness of it all...finally some genius among us realized the dang record was skipping, which took a heap of genius, given the amount of the hashis oops i mean lucky strikes we'd smoked......gotta say, though, it WAS one heck of a groove...maybe the best version of the tune i ever did done hear, left out all those too-fussy other parts and left the swell opening riff in--to the max!!!....WOW, dudes, what a groove it were!

Cyndy Says:
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 @5:43:24 AM

I'd never heard the tune so I had to go looking for it. I like it! There's a nice version here at the Hangout. THAT'S the way I want to be able to play someday. (smile)

carlb Says:
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 @9:05:18 AM

Three days, that's so short a time. The last tune that I learned like that was Manco Sneed's "Polly Put the Kettle On"; probably played it almost everyday for 6 months. Most people however, got attached to the Marcus Martin version which I eventually learned and then turned it into a 5-part tune (the 3rd and 5th parts are almost identical). Supposedly, they learned the tune from the same person (I've heard that one before; as far as I know everybody learned "Old Sledge" from Jack McElwain (a WV fiddler whose recordings have never been found or never existed).

bj Says:
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 @9:19:16 AM

Well, since I have NO CLUE where that recording was from (I think it was around 2AM during an insomniac period when I went looking) I can say I learned it from Jack McElwain. In fact, I have a feeling his name will come up a lot in the years to come . . .

chippyvan Says:
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 @1:10:12 PM

That is a good tune. I learnt it from a jam recording at Black Creek a few years back. It was played by Mike Jarboe, A FHO member. I don't think I ever knew what the source was.

FiddleJammer Says:
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 @4:15:48 PM

Just sent you the mp3. Enjoy.

bj Says:
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 @5:58:24 PM

THAT'S the one!

Ozarkian DL Says:
Thursday, February 4, 2010 @8:09:15 AM

I get thet way wit tunes, I'll get on one I like & play & listen to till I get burn-out on it I rekon.....then on to another. Then sumtimes later I'll come bak ta one, & it's all over again....just like it wuz new......& I'z aint been smokin no luck-strikes neither.

bj Says:
Thursday, February 4, 2010 @8:13:43 AM

Well, I'm finally playing other tunes as of yesterday, though I'm still playing that one a lot.

No lucky strikes for me neither ;-)

fiddleiphile Says:
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 @5:37:53 AM

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, Lucky Strikes!

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