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Jan 26, 2021 - 7:56:51 PM
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330 posts since 7/18/2014

Sycamore Springs, homemade, tuned down a half a step, playing as though in the key of E. I’m still suffering some timing issues but its close enough you can make out what I meant to play. I’m just trying to participate a little. If it sounds like Shady Grove or something, please let me know. My wife bought me some new shoes today that have memory foam in them; I hope that helps me remember some stuff. (Sycamore Springs is a small spring of water just up from my house.)
I’m glad to see all the new members posting tunes.


Jan 26, 2021 - 8:13:37 PM
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11699 posts since 9/23/2009

Cool tune, Randy! Nice fiddling too.

Jan 26, 2021 - 8:21:29 PM

330 posts since 7/18/2014

Thanks Peggy, you’ve been shining lately.

Jan 27, 2021 - 8:00:52 AM
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310 posts since 6/11/2019

Hey, that's nice! Wonderfully clean fiddling and I love the mountain minor...

Randy, can you teach us why you tune down a half step? This tune amounts to Eb Dorian mode, which has 5 flats...a little squirrely in standard, but as you said, tuned down the fingering is similar to key of Emaj (E with only 2 sharps), which is not squirrely. Does the software make you tune it down or do you just like the sound of Eb better?

Enjoy the new shoes! kind of sloppy in AR today, though...

Edited by - Flat_the_3rd_n7th on 01/27/2021 08:04:17

Jan 27, 2021 - 9:01:18 AM

330 posts since 7/18/2014

Thanks Scott. Yup it’s wet outside, good day for a water tune.

My fiddle just sounds and does better when I’m tuned down half a step. At regular tuning, when I hit the B note on the E string, it sounds like my old fiddle is going to fall into pieces. It shakes and quakes and I don’t like the feel of it when it does that. You can hear that I’m on the edge of that happening in this recording. If I keep the fiddle tuned down a half step it doesn’t do that. Because of this, I’ve learned to like that tuning and just deal with the other stuff.

Jan 27, 2021 - 11:37:43 AM
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1471 posts since 4/6/2014

Randy it seems that you and your fiddle like "Baroque" tuning, which is around a semitone lower than standard. I like that sort of dark woody sound also. Nice tune and good fiddlin. Thanks for uploading
Cheers Pete

Jan 27, 2021 - 2:46:20 PM

330 posts since 7/18/2014

Thanks Pete, it’s good to hear from you. Hope you guys stay well.

Jan 29, 2021 - 2:03:01 PM

310 posts since 6/11/2019

Hey, one more thing. How did you make this thread? Did you just copy and paste the mp3 file in the 'new topic' window?

I got a cool, little-bitty digital recorder for Christmas on which I recorded some rehearsal songs, but I don't want to create a messed up topic...there's not a 'test' forum here that I know of...

Jan 29, 2021 - 3:34:08 PM

330 posts since 7/18/2014

Log in and then click on your little Arkansas Traveler picture.
Then click on media and then ADD MP3.
Click upload an mp3
Click choose file, locate your file and click on it. That will upload it to your page.
Once that’s done, go to the left side of the page and click on forums, then scroll down to Sound Off and click on that.
Fill in your comments and then click attachments, then the file you just uploaded.
Then post topic.
I think that will get you close.
I will be watching for your tune.

Jan 29, 2021 - 9:49:43 PM
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Quincy

Belgium

36 posts since 1/16/2021

<3 Where can I find more of this?

How should I interpret homemade? Please tell me more about the origins of this song...

Jan 30, 2021 - 7:16:29 AM
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banjopaolo

Italy

135 posts since 9/14/2010

Very nice tune Astrang

Jan 30, 2021 - 7:37:30 AM
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330 posts since 7/18/2014

Thanks Paolo and hello Anja, I’ve enjoyed you being on the Hangout.

Homemade is a term warning you that’s it just me, lower your expectations and don’t anticipate too much, it’s just a little tune I wrote here at home while setting on the couch.

Sycamore Springs is a spring of water here at my old home place. It runs unfailingly year round, it never speeds up, it never slows down. It has run that way since my old time family has lived here since back in 1850. Back in the day there were a lot sycamore trees growing all around the spring, hence the name, but not so much anymore, however there are still a few sycamore trees close by. In the past it has supplied water to family and passerby’s. It was a nice place for people to gather and shade. Back in the days of the old model tee’s, folks would stop and fill there radiators up preparing for a trip to town. If you happen to meet someone else there it was a nice place to set and refresh and visit for a while.

Sycamore Springs is probably fed by the same source of water as the more famous Mountain Valley Spring bottled water that is shipped all over the country. The source of that spring is a small underground river that I believe just happens to come by my house first. Mountain Valley spring is just a few miles south of my place. Several other area springs are fed by that same source.

There is a spring about two miles north of me that is probably the first opening of that source, it’s about half way up Barton Mountain. It is named Everlasting Spring. My grandfather had a moonshine still there for several years. He would go up there and make his moonshine and then bring the jugs back to Sycamore Springs and hide them in the cool pool amid the watercress. People could swing by and do the drive by thing.

There was a murder that happened at the spring one time. A couple of guys came over in their old truck and bought a jug of shine. They just set right there at the spring and drank it. As the contents of the jug drew down they began arguing over one of the kids with a knife fight soon braking out.

Grandpa got busted after that happened. A few weeks had gone by since the murder; he was up on the side of the mountain making a new batch of shine and the revenuers snuck up on him from behind. They busted up his still and he served a little time in the Penn for it. I bet he preached the gospel to everyone in there during that time. He was a good man, just trying to make a little money in hard times.

Anyway, I named this tune after this spring. I could probably go on and on if I set and thought about it for a while. Living where I do is like being on a lifelong camping trip.

Jan 30, 2021 - 8:16:34 AM
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11699 posts since 9/23/2009

Randy...interesting story about the spring. It's so nice that you've been able to stay where you had roots and where you grew up. That's what yields great ol' tales of the past and good feelings about the spring that still runs. Thanks for sharing that.

Jan 30, 2021 - 9:22 AM
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330 posts since 7/18/2014

Thanks Peggy, I guess this could be my Title Talk.

I remember grandpa telling me about the Great Depression, he said – “The Great Depression never did affect us any, we didn’t have anything before the depression, didn’t have anything during the depression, and have never had anything after the depression. Nothing ever changed for us; we just lived here on the farm.”

Jan 30, 2021 - 9:47:19 AM
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11699 posts since 9/23/2009

I heard the same from my grandparents. You can't lose anything you don't have...lol.

Jan 30, 2021 - 9:58:57 AM
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Quincy

Belgium

36 posts since 1/16/2021

Randy, this is just amazing! I absolutely love this tune and I could hardly believe this is an own written tune, so I had to know for sure , now i know: homemade means it's an original!!! How good is this :-D

And it's indeed an interesting story about the spring, you can certainly feel the storytelling you have in you in your music!

You have what my violin teacher calls that not--violinist-like-polished-super-clean sound, not as lined off as a violinist would sound, exactly what my teacher hopes she can teach me I guess, it has so much more schwung in it.

I'm a fan already :D

Jan 30, 2021 - 10:45:41 AM

330 posts since 7/18/2014

Wow, I was just now sitting here thinking that I wished I had tried to make a better recording of this tune. If my playing has a characteristic sound to it, it’s because I am a wreck. I am glad you like it just the way it is. It will be easy for me not to do any better. It is a fun tune to play cause the bow is all over the place, but nothing too hard. Thank you for the very kind comments!

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