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Fiddle Elf Talker ( Yes, there is such a thing)

Posted by TuneWeaver on Sunday, November 22, 2015

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Fiddle Tune Elf


Yes, there is such a thing.  Have you ever wondered why some fiddle tunes just don’t sound right???   Just last week at a jam we had  great difficulty determining the name and version of a tune  that had a questionable name and version.. So many to choose from…While playing, several fiddles went out of tune  and had broken strings.. Timing was difficult and intonation was way off…There could be no other logical explanation for these happening.  The Fiddle Tune ELF is unhappy with what we are doing..


There is only ONE thing that can be done in a situation such as this situation..  Being a Fiddle Expert, I accepted my responsibility as that expert and ……Called the Fiddle Elf Talker….Yes, YES, there IS such a person…It took him about an hour to arrive at the house..He lives two hour away and to arrive in one hour…well, that goes to show the depth of his concern for anything  ELF…..


He went into our back bedroom and closed the door…Rumblings could be heard coming from the room as well as  loud, unintelligible words.. Our cat ran upstairs and the dog cowered in the corner.. An Elf talker  is nobody to  mess with when he is working…


After about  twenty minutes, he returned  to the jam room and announced that the problem could only be solved if we played the tunes as the Elf desired.  We asked what is was that he desired…  The answer?  “You will know it when you hear it”..


Each of us for the rest of the night,  were keenly aware of our situation… Nobody played too loud so as to not offend the Elf…Tuning was exquisite, and timing perfect..   Nobody questioned which version of a tune was better or what name that tune should have… We just ….played..


The Elf must have been pleased with our efforts and we knew that because when we went into the kitchen for snacks, they had already been eaten… Somebody suspected  the dog, but I swear, he never came from behind the couch...

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