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Waltzes

Posted by wilford on Sunday, February 19, 2012

Lately I've dug out a couple or three old waltzes that I'd nearly forgotten about. The "Golden Anniversary Waltz", the "Westphalia Waltz" and a waltz composed by George Wilson of Hudson Falls, NY., that he named "Sweet Journeys". This waltz particularly appeals to me because there are so many beautiful minor chords that may be played in my arrangement of it. It's a gorgeous tune and I sure hope any student of beautiful waltzes will find a copy of this one and give it a try. I got it out of a Jerry Holland book of fiddle tunes.

I have several private weddings coming up that bands I'm in are playing at, so I need to brush up on a few more waltzes in addition to those mentioned above. My next ones will probably be the "Moonlight Waltz", the "Kentucky Waltz" and the "Tennessee Waltz".



7 comments on “Waltzes”

embee Says:
Sunday, February 19, 2012 @8:36:38 PM

I love waltzes. Know any that would be good for beginner?

richdissmore Says:
Monday, February 20, 2012 @7:51:07 AM

i have heard the westphalia waltz by a few people and every one plays it differnt

yumanbeen Says:
Monday, February 20, 2012 @8:19:03 AM

check out jay ungar on utube I think his waltz,s are to die for.Let me know if you agree.

wilford Says:
Monday, February 20, 2012 @2:12:38 PM

Embee, I think the Westphalia waltz is probably a good place to start. Browse through the many versions on YouTube.

Rich: You're right saying that each fiddler plays it differently. Some make it so pretty you could just cry....while others, well you could just cry! lol

One of my favorite Jay Unger/Molly Mason tunes is Ashoken farewell. They play so beautifully together.

embee Says:
Monday, February 20, 2012 @3:14:13 PM

Thanks. I will look up the Westphalia Waltz.

Faire Fiddler Maid Says:
Friday, March 2, 2012 @9:49:58 AM

JP Fraley plays some really great Waltzes. A favorite of mine is Shades of the Yellow Rose. I just love waltzes in the key of F...

wilford Says:
Friday, March 2, 2012 @6:43:22 PM

Thanks Amy, I'll look for them. ( F Major is the most beautiful key on the planet! )

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