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Ducks on the Pond Testimonial

Posted by cornfed on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I am in the process of rebuilding  a tune list /repertoire (yes, I know that's hot in the forum right now). most tunes are coming back to me with little difficulty. I have been having one heck of a time with Ducks on the Pond.  I had the day off from work today, so I've taken the time to practice/polish the solid tunes and develop some more that I've always meant to get to but never did. Ducks on the Pond was on the agenda, big time. I couldn't make it work. Forget remembering th A part, and the B part kept morphing into Kitchen Girl or Cold Frosty Morning. The old synapses simply were not  accomodating. All the music that I could find on the web didn't seem correct, Youtube is a fantastic resource..but reall didn't help much. There seem to be at least two other tunes that go by similar names, but are very different. I was seriously considering ingesting some spiritous libation... when i thought of FHO music search fundtion. Bingo!! There are a couple of pretty good versions of it, banjo as well as fiddle, and Michael Springer has a version that is very similar to the one that I used to play... and I am off and fiddling. I wonder how long it will take to make it mine again. Excellent resource. Now I can absorb said ambrosia in a happy mood instead of a blue funk. What's next? The Falls of Richmond??



3 comments on “Ducks on the Pond Testimonial”

carlb Says:
Thursday, October 28, 2010 @8:30:23 PM

It's been a tune in my top five for many years.
Try the Henry Reed web site at the Library of Congress.
memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/reed/
You'll find all three tunes there, Ducks on (or "in") the Pond, Frosty Morning ("Cold" is not part of the name of this Reed tune) and Kitchen Girl. Henry's the source for all these.

eerohero Says:
Friday, October 29, 2010 @6:33:11 PM

interesting ideas, its all about having Fun, isnt it ?

cornfed Says:
Friday, October 29, 2010 @7:02:02 PM

Yeah Eerro, It IS all about having a good time...unfortunately we often have to go through a "gestation" process to get to the part where its REALLY fun. I could play for a long time for just my own amusement and amazement, but being able to play "socially" with a small degree of technical ability is where I really like to be. That means stretching myself musically.

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