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Midnight on the Water

Posted by dsreiner


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Size: 1,224kb, uploaded 7/28/2007 11:41:56 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Cross-tuned DDAD, learned from the playing of Texas fiddler Benny Thomasson. My friend Pete Anick is backing me up on guitar. Pete's a columnist for Fiddler magazine, BTW. The gentle bobbing of the melody and the long, haunting strokes conjure up the peaceful image of darkness descending over the water.

9 comments on “Midnight on the Water”

fiddlebob Says:
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 @12:46:06 PM

This rendition of Midnight on the Water is really good, but I have it by Will Thomasson and his version set a really high standard.  Benny Thomasson made it famous and will even surpassis Benny.  Your rendition is at least as good a Benn Thomasson's.


PS:  Should have given it 5 stars - Sorry.

dsreiner Says:
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 @9:27:23 PM

Thanks, fiddlebob. I'm actually trying to sound like Benny -- haven't heard Will. Dave

Gerald R.Sampson Says:
Sunday, October 14, 2007 @2:09:30 PM

I,ve about wore this one out, soothing both sad & sweet. I,m new and am searching songs of this mood can you recommend others.

 Great job by the way!

dsreiner Says:
Sunday, October 14, 2007 @7:26:49 PM

Hi Gerald- Lots of waltzes around that sound sad and sweet. Try Lonesome Moonlight Waltz, and Flatbush Waltz. My website has links to many sources of music on the web where you could likely find these as MP3s or PDFs (if you read). Best, Dave

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 @10:55:25 AM

I really like the ornamentation.  I agree that this arrangement will be the definitive highwater mark for how to play this tune.  I've learned it for barn dance band I play for, but I'll be working on a solo version for when I crash parties with my fiddle.  Thanks for this and your many quality posts (they always garner five stars -- imagine that).  I'll have to pick up your Mel Bay book.

dsreiner Says:
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 @8:06:35 PM

Thanks, FiddlerFaddler, glad you liked this version!  Naturally, you're welcome to pick up Oldtime Fiddling Across America.  Why don't you take a train or plane out to Massachusetts and join us next year at Fiddle Hell Massachusetts?


jefferylong Says:
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 @1:18:14 PM

Very nice. Like your arrangement. Love the drone sounds. What key are you playing this in? We play this in D with the dulcimers.

jefferylong Says:
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 @1:19:09 PM

Ooops . . . Never mind. . . I see it now at the top of your page.

steve223 Says:
Monday, April 28, 2014 @8:00:33 PM

Man that was good, Sounded like Benny himself was playing it!

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