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1st Bowing Podcast- Sawshuffle, Smoothshuffle, and Syncoshuffle

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Size: 16,568kb, uploaded 9/6/2012 1:49:24 PM
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My first bowing podcast- rather rough with quite a few edits!!

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8th of January 2015 TUF/TOS demonstration

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Size: 2,450kb, uploaded 1/8/2015 10:51:23 PM
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Since I recently switched from the TUF hold to TOS, the thought occurred to me to demo both while I still can. The sound level is a bit low- crank it up! This is also the first recording featuring a new bowing! Tommy's Lick!!! Can you hear the frequent leading of the beat on the first notes of most tune parts and occasionally in other phrases as well? That started happening in my fiddling more and more frequently starting about a year ago, only I use it on all kinds of Old Time tunes that aren't Round Peak tunes.

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Amazing Grace, done Old Time style with drones

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Size: 3,915kb, uploaded 11/22/2010 9:30:29 PM
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Tune needs no introduction, does it? Starts in D, modulates to G. Naiant X-Q small diagphragm mic, recorded in mono through an ART USB Dual Pre.

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Arkansas Traveler -Cook in the Kitchen

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Size: 2,501kb, uploaded 9/29/2011 12:43:42 PM
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Yup, an Old Time tune AND an Irish jig. Not really a medley, I'm just playing Arkansas Traveler once through to establish that, yes indeed, it IS me!!! Cook in the Kitchen is my favorite Irish jig, so I play it a lot. Not sure if I could switch styles as easily to any other Irish tune. And I'm not sure if this attempt qualifies as Irish Trad (I doubt it, actually) or will be derided as "Celtic". But I tried!!! Same recording setup as before with the two Naiant X-Qs, no effects.

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Cotton-Eyed Joe (simplified version of Marcus Martin's)

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Size: 1,565kb, uploaded 7/11/2012 5:42:50 PM
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One of the simpler cross-tuned tunes I do. But I couldn't remember the title to it- but Mike Bryant could! It's Marcus Martin's Cotton Eyed Joe, but much simplified- I think hearing the similar Tater Patch triggered the memory and I half-remembered it.... and I even think I had in on my tune list as Tater Patch for a while. Might make a good version for a beginner to learn. AbEbAbEb. You think I'm weird huh??? Of COURSE you do! Well.... in the olden days, they didn't HAVE tuners. They tuned by feel, and had gut strings. AEAE probably would've busted a gut string or two. GDGD sounds rubbery bandy on the high strings.... the A string probably would have been worse if it was gut. I'm guessing going by feel and sound and what was good for their strings, they ended up in AbEbAbEb more often than not, give or take a few "cents".

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Db Downtuned Over the Waterfall

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Size: 1,829kb, uploaded 3/30/2013 8:13:34 PM
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Due to index finger cramping, I switched to Zyex synthetics AND tuned the fiddle down a half step. Who woulda thunk it? I LIKE IT!!! Maybe not so good for jams though!

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Dolly March- for May 2015 Fiddle Hangout Virtual Fiddle Festival

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Size: 1,504kb, uploaded 6/5/2015 9:33:12 PM
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"Dolly" based on William Stepp's version. "Dolly March" because I played it so slow!!! Recorded in stereo with the Heil PR-35 over the treble side and the Heil PR30 over the lower end of the bass bar side above and to the left of my head. Fiddle is "Booker", Knilling Bucharest 4KF with very old Pirastro Tonica strings.

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Ducks On The Pond

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Size: 1,889kb, uploaded 7/27/2007 3:15:00 AM
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Standard tuning, although I've played it in both AEAE and ADAE

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Ebenezer Maxxed Out

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Size: 1,046kb, uploaded 9/16/2012 10:05:38 PM
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I was goofin' around with the fiddle named Carthy, pushin' the tempo. I can only get this fast on tunes I know really well, and well rehearsed downbowing patterns are helping keep it as steady as it is... likewise a relaxed wrist. Likely suspects are Sawshuffle, Smoothshuffle and Syncoshuffle- listen for them! I'm sure Michael Cleveland can play a LOT faster! I normally don't LIKE to play this fast, I prefer slow and bouncy, and so does my wife, but you never know when some hotshot young banjo picker will want to push up the tempo on you!

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Fiddler's Dram

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Size: 1,800kb, uploaded 7/30/2007 1:31:27 AM
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Standard Tuning, Key of G

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Fisher's Hornpipe

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Probably my favorite hornpipe

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Frosty Morning

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I've always done this in standard tuning. 12-05-2015 Name edited from "Cold Frosty Morning". Learned from Miles Krassen's "Appalachian Fiddle" which I believe just had the title "Frosty Morning".

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Golden Slippers

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Size: 2,301kb, uploaded 1/19/2012 7:18:58 PM
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Golden Slippers- first in G with a bit of singing on the chorus, then in D as a fiddle tune. I often perform this for seniors. Fiddle: "Booker", mics: Heil PR35 top and PR30 below, panned hard right and left. Odd- the mp3 sounds a bit distorted in the low part, didn't in Audacity... weird! (This is the corrected export with both tracks... the left track is the lower mic and is softer, but it's there!)

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Grasshopper Sittin' On A Sweet Potato Vine

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Size: 1,949kb, uploaded 2/24/2008 11:31:41 AM
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This is one of the few tunes I've learned fresh in the last couple of years, and the first one to get up to speed. Annoyingly long title! This one is unusual in that the main bowing is neither Sawshuffle nor Syncoshuffle! See the bowing threads for suspects! ;^)

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Green Willis (or the Raw Recruit)

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Size: 2,307kb, uploaded 7/27/2007 3:55:49 AM
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Yet another recording of Green Willis. ;^)

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Groundhog-Ab- AbEbAbEb

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Size: 1,024kb, uploaded 7/11/2012 5:08:55 PM
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Dedicated to GROUNDHOGPEGGY!!!! A banjo song I think I learned from one of Art Rosenbaum's banjo books back in the early 1970's. I always wanted to do it on fiddle cause I really like the tune, but I never found a way that sounded right. I almost accidentally started playing it in "high bass" crosstuning (AbEbAbEb) (that's AEAE down a half step- guitar and banjo, capo 1st fret and play in G) a couple of weeks ago, and I love it. Fiddle is Carthy, the new to me Knilling with the Perfection Pegs. It's a little rough 'cause it's still new to me, but hey, it makes it sound even OLDTIMEY-ER!!!

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Growling Old Man, Growling Old Woman

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Quebecified Irish tune that got popular in Southern California in the early '70s- now oldtimeyfied! Heil PR-35 on the top (right channel) Samson R11 on the back (left channel). A little bit of Mazzoni's dynamic compression (stock Audacity settings) and a little AMBIENCE reverb for flavor.

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Handsome Molly

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Fiddle song from learned Grayson and Whitter recording.

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John Henry

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John Henry, Round Peak style. AEAE. Learned from the playing of Fred Cockerham, IIRC. There are some bowings in this that I don't use for any other tune. 2/3 of the way through, a train went by, and I almost stopped playing, but then I realized it FIT!

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June Apple

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Kickin up the tempo a bit from my normal easygoing pace

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