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Dry and Dusty

Posted by M-D


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Size: 2,889kb, uploaded 2/3/2008 5:19:31 PM
Genre: Old-Time / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Played by Billy Mathews, 2 February 2008, at the Old-Time Fiddle Workshop held at the Inn at Mountain View, Mountain View, Arkansas. Key of D, Italian (standard) tuning.

8 comments on “Dry and Dusty”

OTJunky Says:
Sunday, February 3, 2008 @5:50:57 PM

Another interesting setting.

Dave Reiner posted this up in DDAD and says he believes the Morrison twins played it in DDAD on the "Echoes of the Ozarks" CD - though the claim doesn't quite fit with my ear.  Guess I need to go back and listen some more.

Anyhow, I play it in ADAE.  Don't play on the low string much, but it's nice to have it droning along sympathetically.  I think I've heard people play it in ADAD as well.

Is it that Billy doesn't cross-tune much or is it just that he likes it in GDAE for some reason?


OTJunky Says:
Sunday, February 3, 2008 @6:00:31 PM

I went and listened to the Morrison brothers play this.

I guess they could be tuned to either ADAD or DDAD sinceI can't hear the low string - don't know whether it's the microphone, the rendition, or my hearing that's omitting any notes on the low string.


M-D Says:
Sunday, February 3, 2008 @6:19:35 PM

This particular version comes from Uncle Dick Hutchison . . . and that's all I know about that. :o)

He played everything in standard tuning solely for the sake of simplicity, both for the workshop and recording purposes. He carries two fiddles, one of which is cross-tuned, and will readily play many tunes in broken tuning.

DDAD, or "bagpipe tuning" as the Morrisons called it, is indeed the tuning that they used for their recording. The low D provides a sympathetic, if not an actual drone that cant help but vibrate since the tune is played in D.

OTJunky Says:
Sunday, February 3, 2008 @6:41:21 PM

Thanks - that question's resolved....

fiddlebob Says:
Monday, February 4, 2008 @12:06:59 PM

Good tune well played.


scrubber Says:
Friday, January 1, 2010 @2:34:18 AM

That's great fiddln', M-D!



Feodosia Says:
Saturday, January 9, 2010 @11:39:05 AM

I liked hearing this .. now I know there are other fiddlers , good ones , that like myself, don't like to rush the good tunes... thanks for posting

M-D Says:
Saturday, January 9, 2010 @12:18:56 PM

That recording is a bit slower than Billy normally plays, but he takes a relaxed approach most of the time when playing for fun. He doesn't hesitate to crank things up for a dance, however.

For the record, the Morrison family usually played/plays this tune in standard tuning.

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