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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Hi, Choctaw Sarah here.  Chose that name because Alison Krauss and Union Station play a gorgeous bluegrass tune called "Choctaw Hayride" ..which I aim to be able to play faultlessly by summer!  I have loads of questions.  But the main one I'd like to ask now is: what is the best and quickest way I can learn to do that gorgeous wailing and hammering Double Stop style that Alison Krauss applies in such tunes as "Choctaw" and "Cluck Old Hen"?  I don't read music but I have always played by ear (guitar, fiddle, whistles) and have a pretty good ear for picking up tunes and individual notes and harmonies.  Short of playing the CD over and over again until I know these tunes in my sleep ..is there another secret to learning chords or tablatures for Double Stops?  For example, is there a written sheet out there that shows you chord for chord where to place yr fingers on the fiddle neck and how to do the bowing for these kinds of songs?  I look forward to meeting everyone and would be grateful for any advice anyone can offer.  I have just invested in a gorgeous new Sam Eastman violin ...it has such wonderful sound and amplification, a 2 yr old could make it sound good ...and it doesn't even have its voice yet because it's so new! 8 comments

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Playing Since: 1990
Experience Level: Novice

Interests:
[Jamming] [Socializing]

Occupation: environmental teacher

Gender: Female
Age: 65

My Instruments:
Gorgeous new Samuel Eastman and an old beaten up second hand Jacobus Stainer repro

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Alison Krauss and Union Station

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Created 5/13/2008
Last Visit 10/19/2008

I am 51 going on 30. Born and raised in UK, live on Vancouver Island in BC. Teach school environmental ed programs for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Love camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and anything to do with the great outdoors. Also proud owner of a grey Arabian gelding ..don't know which I am more fanatical about ...riding my horse and trail-blazing or practising blue grass on my fiddle! Right now though, I am addicted to learning blue grass and I'm aiming high ..wanna become a second Alison Krauss. MAN, can she play!

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