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Uncle pen and Jenny Lynn and more / A few western Kentucky fiddle tunes for my family to enjoy!

Posted by EricBluegrassFiddle on Monday, May 4, 2015

So far I've been working on a few western Kentucky project fiddle tunes to play for my family next time I see them and add to my repertoire of fiddle tunes. I've got them started and their in various stages of completion as I don't practice each and every one every day:

"The Ole Methodist Preacher" (G)

"Jenny Lynn" (A)

"Boston Boy" (C ...this one is tricky )

"Poor White Folks" (A)

These still need lot's of work but I have the basic melody and idea down at least so far. I'm trying to keep these fiddles tunes fairly simple, not too fast so that folks will "hopefully" recognize them and be able to dance to them. I know their are fancier versions of these but I'm not ready to learn that stuff yet.


Next I want to learn ( or at least eventually:

"The Old Grey Mare" (G)

"Heel and Toe Polka" (A)

"The Lee Wedding Tune" (A)


These are old time western Kentucky fiddle tunes that Bill Monroe popularized. I've made some advances on "Uncle Pen" but a few trouble spots still remain. "Sally Goodin" is still floating around but their are so  many ways and versions of this...I kinda like a little bit of each so I'm having a hard time kinda figuring out exactly how I want to play it.

6 comments on “Uncle pen and Jenny Lynn and more / A few western Kentucky fiddle tunes for my family to enjoy!”

ChickenMan Says:
Monday, May 4, 2015 @9:59:44 AM

Soldiers Joy, Golden Slippers, Redwing, Arkansas Traveller, Turkey in the Straw (Sugar in the Gourd) - these are tunes everyone will know and when you get to jam, they would be good common ground. So many tunes, so little time...

EricBluegrassFiddle Says:
Monday, May 4, 2015 @11:32:54 AM

Tell me about it. These tunes i'm learning above are pretty well known in Kentucky jams. Soldiers Joy I got down, but some of the others you mentioned I'll eventually have to tackle

ChickenMan Says:
Monday, May 4, 2015 @12:24:51 PM

And the kicker is, they're not that simple or easy.

EricBluegrassFiddle Says:
Monday, May 4, 2015 @6:06:34 PM

Boston Boy is kinda tricky. The part thats hard is that Bluegrass folks play everything super fast

EricBluegrassFiddle Says:
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 @7:41:17 AM

You know, certain version of these tunes are very tricky, especially any interpretation by Kenny Baker or Bobby Hicks haaa or others!!! But I've found you CAN still play and state the melody very well, yet at the sametime simplifying the licks somewhat so they are more manageable for the level that your at. This way I can play semblence of the tune now, and eventually when I get more technique and get better I can start "fancying" them up a little. make sense?

ChickenMan Says:
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 @9:42:36 AM

Yep, sure does.

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