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Apr 21, 2020 - 11:58:12 AM
2527 posts since 7/12/2013

I've been messing around with open tunings and I'd like to start to learn the awesome bowings that old-timey music is famous for. Any recommended online videos/resources to start with?

Apr 21, 2020 - 12:21:31 PM
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4650 posts since 9/26/2008

You can't go wrong with Dave Bragger's bunch of lessons on YouTube. His page is the Old Time Tiki Parlour. Filter the videos oldest first. So much good stuff there. 

Old Time Tiki Parlour page

Edited by - ChickenMan on 04/21/2020 12:24:05

Apr 21, 2020 - 12:26:24 PM
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4650 posts since 9/26/2008

You'll pick right up on it, BTW, and probably find ways to inject it into your bluegrass fiddling. Careful not to let it drift the other way though wink

Apr 21, 2020 - 12:44:05 PM

2527 posts since 7/12/2013

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Originally posted by ChickenMan

You'll pick right up on it, BTW, and probably find ways to inject it into your bluegrass fiddling. Careful not to let it drift the other way though wink


Haha!

Apr 21, 2020 - 4:11:57 PM
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1936 posts since 10/22/2007

biteyourownelbow.com/webtunes.htm
This is "everything." O.T., Irish, Contra dance, anybody this guy has found.

BTW, good to see you on the forum Mark!

Apr 21, 2020 - 4:56:17 PM

4650 posts since 9/26/2008

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Originally posted by farmerjones

biteyourownelbow.com/webtunes.htm
This is "everything." O.T., Irish, Contra dance, anybody this guy has found.

BTW, good to see you on the forum Mark!


This is a good site, but last time I was there, a lot of the links were dead. Pity actually, as I liked it. 

Apr 21, 2020 - 8:00:40 PM
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1936 posts since 10/22/2007

Too bad Billy. (Sorry) sure i got that link here.

www.Jbott.com
Another huge collection of everytune. Don't let the banjer fool ya.

Also, google ryan's mamouth collection. There's pdf files available.
If yer O.T. ya gotta have one. (Bob Walters had one)

I'm not much on O.T. but i live amungst 'em.

Edited by - farmerjones on 04/21/2020 20:02:52

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:29:30 AM

4259 posts since 6/23/2007

I used the two videos sold by Homespun. Brad Leftwich does the teaching. There was one major problem. For "old time" music, scodatura works better than standard notation for the melody.
I started playing what I saw, and it did not agree with what I was hearing on the CD. I emailed and asked Brad about it, and he confirmed my suspicion that standard notation for the melody was used. But the fiddle is not in standard tuning, so the notation was useless. When I wanted to learn a tune, I created scordatura for the standard notation and didn't have any problems.

I think Brad Leftwich is a good instructor. Homespun should have provided scordatura for "open" tunings.

I tried to get some instructional material on "Old Time" fiddling, but it can be difficult to find.

Edited by - Dick Hauser on 04/29/2020 07:31:17

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:41:45 AM
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4650 posts since 9/26/2008

Dick, you regularly complain about the lack of scordatura notation. It seems it might be lucrative if you took it upon yourself to create such a thing. :-)

Apr 30, 2020 - 4:49 PM
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4259 posts since 6/23/2007

Chickenman - I am an old geezer and it exceeds my energy resources. I just can't understand the scarcity of scordatura for "old time" tunes. I would think that quite a few fiddlers would give it a try. Scordatura and recording for a half dozen or so popular "old time" tunes. Three versions of each tune - basic, intermediate, advanced intermediate. Also included would be a DVD that demonstrated techniques.

I think "old time" fiddling would be more widespread if there were learning options other than face-to-face. Interest in this type of fiddling seems to exist in "pockets". So if a fiddler doesn't live near some musicians playing this music, it can be hard to learn.

May 4, 2020 - 11:29:17 AM

Jimbeaux

Germany

341 posts since 5/24/2016

Definitely recommend the Brad Leftwich dvds. I didn't use the notation at all. There's not really any need for it as you can learn from the recording.

I actually prefer the non scordatura notation for cross tuning.

Also a lot of oldtime musicians are hurting for money right now. Why not try Skype lessons? You'll learn faster and help someone out at the same time.

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