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John Henry

Posted by fiddlepogo


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Size: 5,337kb, uploaded 6/5/2008 2:35:51 AM
Genre: Old-Time / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

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!

5 comments on “John Henry”

Thursday, June 5, 2008 @4:48:24 AM

Nice Michael,
You've got great control of that tone... I agree with you that it has a lot in common with T Jarrell... which is a great sound to get out of a fiddle.  
I don't know if you ever saw it, but I have a video of myself and a friend playing a version of John Henry,  a Fred Cockerham's version, but it's quite different from yours...

I think the one I took mine from was on that Clawhammer banjo record he made with Kyle Creed and George Stoneman.

Nice recording... I like the train...

Jim Says:
Thursday, June 5, 2008 @8:38:52 AM

Very nicely played. 

fiddlepogo Says:
Thursday, June 5, 2008 @12:57:53 PM

Thanks guys... Steve, I just listened to your video, and it sounds good... very similar to what I remember... makes me wonder if I didn't "filter out" a few notes that didn't make sense. I wish I still had that County LP! Was Fred Cockerham playing fiddle or banjo on that other recording you mention?

FiddlerJones Says:
Thursday, May 27, 2010 @8:02:58 AM

Your instrument has a beautiful ringing resonance that comes out really well in this tune.

fiddlepogo Says:
Monday, August 9, 2010 @7:33:04 PM

Truth be told, part of that beautiful ringing resonance is a touch of a reverb effect.
The fiddle tends to sound VERY dry in the small room I'm recording in.
I use just enough of the Swedish AMBIENCE reverb plug-in to make it sound like I'm playing in a normal small room, say at a coffeehouse.
It's a very realistic sounding reverb plug-in.

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