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Shuffle off to Buffalo . . .

Posted by bj on Thursday, February 3, 2011

So there I am playing through my G tunes and really playing outta what I call Wild Mind. That's the time when I shut off the inner noise and just . . . play. Let whatever wild thing is lurking in there come out to play, all on its own, without restraint or discipline of any sort. Crayon drawings on the walls, YAY!

So I'm playing Cuffy and it sounds the same but .  . . different. Somewhat different accents coming out, but just SLIGHTLY different. And it's swingier and more  . . .hmm. Fun? Yeah, fun. And I just went with it and played it a bunch of times, and finally realized what the difference was. The bowing was COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. I was pretty much completely nashville shuffling through the whole dang tune, with just some diversions for those nice long notes that appear here and there. I had NEVER  nashville shuffled through that tune before. Ever. It's always been a georgia shuffled tune.

Damned if it isn't easier. AND more fiddley.


I gotta wonder if playing Katon's Reel, which naturally fits into a nashville shuffle pattern without much thought or volition, made this come out. I've been playing Katon's Reel obsessively for a couple days now, without breaking for any other tunes whatsoever. For an hour or more at a time, even, and a few times a day during this damned ice storm we had.  My male cat finally stopped me, by jumping on my bowing shoulder and trying to catch my bow . . .


Briggsy never misses a meal, if ya know what I mean. If I had kept bowing I would have injured myself.

Winter better get over with quick. I'm starting to go a bit  . . . um . . . er . . . stir crazy. Nuts. Bonkers. Cabin Feverish.


13 comments on “Shuffle off to Buffalo . . .”

ChickenMan Says:
Thursday, February 3, 2011 @9:14:20 PM

Definitely the Katon's Reel made this happen. When I learn/discover a new pattern in a tune and really repeat it in that tune, it inevitably turns up in another tune shortly thereafter. Keep finding tunes with new patterns and who knows where you'll wind up. GOOD for you, good FOR you, good for YOU!

bj Says:
Friday, February 4, 2011 @6:12:17 AM

I've never been much of a nashville shuffler, but it's coming much easier these days. I still need to work it up to speed, it stiffens up somehow, but it'll happen eventually as I do it more. I guess there's a right time for everything, and this is Nashville Shuffle Time. And yeah, Good For Me! LOL!

ChickenMan Says:
Friday, February 4, 2011 @6:47:49 AM

Another thing, the more comfortable you get with it, the more it will pop in and out of your playing and be less stiff (and less 'predictable' as in "oh, here's a shuffle-y "hair digger, hair digger, hair digger, hair digger" thing). Dream of the days you don't have to think about that damned bow anymore. Yeah, right.

bj Says:
Friday, February 4, 2011 @6:59:42 AM

Well, in truth, I don't think about it much EXCEPT when I'm not getting the sound I'm hearing in my head, or trying to get some interesting variations on a tune worked out.

Hair digger? Never heard that way to describe it before!

OTJunky Says:
Friday, February 4, 2011 @10:02:12 AM

bj wrote; "Damned if it isn't easier. AND more fiddley."

You'll might turn into an Ozark fiddler if you're not careful... ;-)


bj Says:
Friday, February 4, 2011 @10:12:01 AM

That's funny, when I listen to Ozark fiddling on M-D's music page almost all I hear is sawstroke done at the speed of light. Perfectly. In. Synch. I don't think I have enough years left to get up to those speeds . . .

ChickenMan Says:
Friday, February 4, 2011 @10:28:40 AM

Got that description from an old Fiddler Magazine article. Gives a good audio for the sound of the bow, don't you think?

bj Says:
Friday, February 4, 2011 @10:35:35 AM

Yes, it does. But I'm wondering if Hot Dogger might be better. ;-)

Or Win Lotto. Or Here Kitty. Or Run, Billy!

ChickenMan Says:
Friday, February 4, 2011 @12:38:21 PM

I think "hair" really sounds like the bow on the strings. That "R" sound...

mudbug Says:
Friday, February 4, 2011 @12:39:46 PM

Yes! There SHOULD be a Buffalo shuffle.

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Friday, February 4, 2011 @2:28:53 PM

Syncho-hot dog shuffle.

Ozarkian DL Says:
Friday, February 4, 2011 @4:06:52 PM

Yahooooo fer you BJ......."Shake Thet Thing" ( strickly wrist & bow speakin now ). :-)

bj Says:
Saturday, February 5, 2011 @5:40:10 AM

Psycho-Hot-Dog Buffalo Hair Digger Shuffle . . .

"Shake Thet Thing" coming from the guy who's holding a mighty big gun with his finger on the trigger . . . ( strictly literal photo talk now) ;-)

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