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Hobart Smith quote

Posted by sprout333 on Tuesday, April 15, 2008

You've first got to get the tune in your mind and then find it with your fingers — keep on till you find what you want on that neck. But keep that tune in your mind just like you can hear it a-playin'. I've been to the cornfield many of a time when I was a farmer and I'd hear a good fiddle tune or a good banjer pieces and I'd commence whistlin' it. And I'd whistle that till my mouth got so tired, and I'd go home keepin' it on my mind. I'd go pretty fast and I'd whistle all the way into the holler on the mountain and my banjer would be hangin' on the wall. Sometimes I'd forget where it was at, and I'd whistle right loud and that banjer would answer me on the wall and I'd go get her. I'd keep that tune right on my mind and I'd find that tune on the strings before I'd quit.

1 comment on “Hobart Smith quote”

fiddlepogo Says:
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 @2:43:40 PM

Good one- also makes me think that whistling fiddle tunes may be responsible for some of the fiddle tune variants we have! (non whistle-able features would tend to drop out of a tune)

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