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Frosty Morning

Posted by fiddlepogo


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Size: 1,957kb, uploaded 7/27/2007 3:00:03 AM
Genre: Old-Time / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

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".

12 comments on “Frosty Morning”

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Thursday, September 27, 2007 @7:46:54 PM

I like your extra shuffle bows and double stops.  Good job!  I think that I'll study your version.

farmerjones Says:
Tuesday, December 18, 2007 @2:06:54 PM

Good Ol' Timey tone. Great job on a great tune.

Violanjo Says:
Wednesday, December 19, 2007 @9:16:17 AM

I agree with the FiddlerFaddler, your shuffle sounds great!

Feodosia Says:
Monday, December 31, 2007 @8:21:55 AM

Mike's fiddling has great character and carries it's own even when done solo ..... he's putting in the extra  bowing stuff that the oldtimers did .... it's a different sound then the usual festival fiddling you hear all over the place ...  I could copy this comment and post it on each of his recordings, they're all great solo renditions.

carlb Says:
Tuesday, February 5, 2008 @10:02:47 AM

Nice job. However, I don't know how the word "Cold" got stuck on the title. In my opinion, it doesn't belong. This Henry Reed tune is "Frosty Morning". See my comment at


Humbled by this instrument Says:
Monday, February 25, 2008 @6:48:37 PM

This is the second tune of yours to which I've listened.  Again, great tone, etc.  Thanks!

fiddlepogo Says:
Monday, February 25, 2008 @8:09:22 PM

Well, this Cold Frosty Morning goes way back with that title- I'm pretty sure I learned it from Miles Krassen's "Appalachian Fiddle" book, and that has the title as "Cold Frosty Morning". Fiddler's Companion lists both titles- both with AKA to the other title. It puts the notes with Frosty Morning, but in the .abc, it puts the Cold Frosty Morning title first. also has it as Cold Frosty Morning. Here it gives a breakdown of sources: The Melvin Wine version is listed as Cold Frosty Morning #2. The more common tune using the title has 25 listings- 12 are reported as using the "Frosty Morn" title, 13 do not. (majority rules ;^) The weird thing is that Miles Krassen apparently used "Cold Frosty Morning" in his fiddle book, but "Frosty Morn" in his clawhammer banjo book. Maybe he was hedging his bets! ;^) Henry Reed may have indeed left the "Cold" off of the title, but he isn't the only one deciding the title... if that's just one variant of a family of tunes, people are naturally going to correct the name to what the majority of variants are called. The more communication there is between fiddlers (like using the internet right now!) the more likely it is that some of these variations are going to flatten out. This isn't the only time this has happened. I can't remember which tune it is. There's a bunch of recordings of Luther Strong on I can't remember which one it is, but one of them when I heard it recently either for the first time, or the first time in decades clearly seemed mis-titled, whether by Luther Strong or someone else. Now, I love Luther Strong's fiddling, but if I learn that tune, I'll probably call it by the name of the tune I recognize it as, not the one he (apparently) used for it. Likewise, I let Tommy Jarrell influence the way I play "Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss"... but not the title "Western Country" or "Susanna Gal". Like with Cold Frosty Morning, I'm gonna stick with the first title I learned for that melody. Obstinate, aren't I? ;^)

barefootfdlr Says:
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 @7:26:55 AM

Well, whether it's a cold frosty morning or just a frosty morning it sounded really good. ; -)

ladymuse Says:
Friday, December 5, 2008 @11:52:28 PM

I had to pull out banjo and claw to it - Yowie!! Great Going, Great Tune!

nico Says:
Monday, December 8, 2008 @1:43:50 PM

Very impressive !!! That's the kind of sound I dream to get one day...

Fiddlepiper Says:
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 @12:43:17 PM

Another great tune by a great fiddler! Keep on postin!!!

shal0mnurh0me Says:
Monday, December 28, 2009 @9:43:22 PM

Wow sounded great, old time modal tunes are the best there is. A few years ago I was on youtube just looking for some old time songs to mess around with on guitar and I came across cold frosty morning being played with clawhammer banjo. Ended up ordering a banjo that day just to learn that song. Of course, your fiddle version is many times better.

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