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Is John Salyer bad for mental health?

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Dec 6, 2018 - 2:50:10 AM
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Jimbeaux

Germany

136 posts since 5/24/2016

I've been inflicted with Salyeritis for months now. Everyday, I find myself listening to one of his crooked tunes till I can finally wrap my brain around it.

The question is: Can over-exposure to crooked Salyer tunes cause long-term mental damage?

I normally play banjo when jamming with friends, so I'm basically free to learn whatever strange oddball tune I want when it comes to the fiddle.

Didn't someone say that fiddling alone can ruin a man?

Will I start to look and think as crooked as feel inside?

Does this post already reflect the beginnings of an irreversible fiddler's madness?

Dec 6, 2018 - 5:29:47 AM

5 posts since 11/28/2018

Never fear Jim --- the days of 'hip to be square' are long gone.

Dec 6, 2018 - 8:51:36 AM

77 posts since 7/27/2018

I've never noticed his tunes being notoriously crooked...maybe I need to listen again. With that said, I do love John Salyer. Definitely in my top 3.

Dec 6, 2018 - 12:05:22 PM

bsed

USA

3905 posts since 6/23/2007

I recently had an opportunity to play one of his crooked ones that virtually NOBODY plays: Lost Boy. If you're an OT fiddler, you've almost for sure played Lost Girl at some point, if not uncountable dozens of times. Well Lost Boy is nearly the same thing, except it's crooked in the A part (the B part is pretty much the same as 'Girl'). Have you played Lost Boy, Jim?

Also another of his tunes that I really love is Rose in the Mountain. I think it's a little crooked.

Dec 6, 2018 - 12:17:50 PM

1222 posts since 12/11/2008

Salyer to me is the foremost genius, the Mozart, of Old Time. Following his muse, whether it be crooked or straight, is one of fiddling's greatest pleasures.

Dec 6, 2018 - 12:21:11 PM

bsed

USA

3905 posts since 6/23/2007

Rose In the Mountain < youtube.com/watch?v=peq7i2Qz31s >

Dec 6, 2018 - 12:26:32 PM
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bsed

USA

3905 posts since 6/23/2007

Dec 6, 2018 - 12:45:48 PM

6769 posts since 3/19/2009

Jim, YOU may be the Lost Boy that Bsed is talking about.. Hope your Salyeritis resolves itself soon!!

Dec 6, 2018 - 1:59:27 PM

Jimbeaux

Germany

136 posts since 5/24/2016

I've been thinking of learning Lost Boy. I'm only a couple of years into my fiddling journey.

Tommy Jarrell's playing is my original obsession and I still love learning from him, but my foray into Salyer has been reaching a similar level of obsession.

Two of his obscure tunes I love to play are Vance no More and William Reilly. His Speed of the Plow is great, too.

I also love the more common ones, but find it much more interesting and fun to learn from the source recordings.

Also if you want proof of his crookedness, just listen to his version of Arkansas Traveller. It'll mess with your head.

Dec 6, 2018 - 2:12:38 PM

10174 posts since 9/23/2009

I'm afraid you've crossed the line and this is your life from now on...lol. Enjoy!

Dec 6, 2018 - 2:16:34 PM

6769 posts since 3/19/2009

One of the problems I've found when learning a lot of crooked tunes is that I don't usually have anyone to play them with...

Dec 6, 2018 - 2:53:32 PM
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gapbob

USA

518 posts since 4/20/2008

Playing with others is important?

Dec 6, 2018 - 2:56:26 PM
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6769 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by gapbob

Playing with others is important?


Learning the tunes is a Personal challenge.. Playing them with YOU, BOB... would make them  the even more fun.. Yes..   I'm a JAM MACHINE... You know that...

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