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Jun 26, 2021 - 6:43:20 PM

12536 posts since 9/23/2009

Lol...I'd like to hear that one, Scott!

Jun 28, 2021 - 5:29:24 AM
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161 posts since 12/30/2008

Last tune I played is an original that I recently composed, no title yet, and I'm trying to get it learned.

Jun 29, 2021 - 8:53:58 AM
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RichJ

USA

570 posts since 8/6/2013

A few days back I was messin' with Big Eyed Rabbit. Then the lyrics got me to feeling sorry for Mr. Rabbit so I switched to Hangman's Reel. Hmmm, thinking about all of this I just might be in some kinda' depressing fiddle tune rut.

Jun 29, 2021 - 8:59:56 AM

RichJ

USA

570 posts since 8/6/2013

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Originally posted by farmerjones
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Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

Steve, is that the one they play on Bugs Bunny, Merry-go-round Broke Down?


This:


Hey - never noticed this before but MGBD sure sounds alot like Chinese Breakdown.

Jun 29, 2021 - 11:00:42 AM

2470 posts since 10/22/2007

quote:
Originally posted by RichJ
quote:
Originally posted by farmerjones
quote:
Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

Steve, is that the one they play on Bugs Bunny, Merry-go-round Broke Down?


This:


Hey - never noticed this before but MGBD sure sounds alot like Chinese Breakdown.


I've been told Chinese Breakdown is in C. Consequently I named it something else. Then I heard Spike Jones maybe sing this: "The Merry-go-round Broke Down. The only one in town. I don't know why, and I don't know when, but the Merry-go-round Broke down."  It seemed to fit the melody, so that's what I started calling it. And it's in D.

Jun 29, 2021 - 11:28:08 AM

RichJ

USA

570 posts since 8/6/2013

quote:
Originally posted by farmerjones

I've been told Chinese Breakdown is in C. Consequently I named it something else. Then I heard Spike Jones maybe sing this: "The Merry-go-round Broke Down. The only one in town. I don't know why, and I don't know when, but the Merry-go-round Broke down."  It seemed to fit the melody, so that's what I started calling it. And it's in D.


I think Chinese Breakdown is played in both C and D. I learned it in D, then heard it in C and actually liked it better.  But, the point is, regardless of key, Merry-Go-Round and Chinese Breakdown sound very much alike... well at least to me. Does anyone know where  these tunes originated? 

Jun 29, 2021 - 11:32:20 AM
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RichJ

USA

570 posts since 8/6/2013

Jun 29, 2021 - 1:41:26 PM
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12536 posts since 9/23/2009

WEll that was certainly educational...lol. My gosh we learn a lot of stuff here...well there's even words if you sing the jump rope rhymes they mentioned...lol...one thing I've noticed is just about any fiddle tune you can name has or had words at one point or another. I 've always loved to sing about as much as I love to fiddle...so I just look for words all the time. Miss Susie had a Steamboat sounds like a doggone interesting Chinese Breakdown nonpareil...lol.

Edited by - groundhogpeggy on 06/29/2021 13:42:25

Jun 29, 2021 - 1:50:31 PM
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DougD

USA

10343 posts since 12/2/2007

The "Merry go round" song must have been quite a hit in 1937. There are several big band versions on YouTube, including Eddie Duchin and Ross Morgan - both in C, BTW.

Jun 29, 2021 - 4:28:20 PM
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5518 posts since 9/26/2008

Funny thing but Chinese Breakdown bein "in C" because I've never met (in person or at a jam) another fiddle who plays it in C; they all do it in D.

Jun 29, 2021 - 8:20:42 PM
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2470 posts since 10/22/2007

I should've lied and said, Soldier's Joy.smiley

Edited by - farmerjones on 06/29/2021 20:25:58

Jun 29, 2021 - 8:36:49 PM
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537 posts since 8/3/2013

Scotland the Brave

Jul 8, 2021 - 5:58:02 PM
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79 posts since 7/24/2012

Dennis McGee’s Polka

Jul 8, 2021 - 8:54:06 PM
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5518 posts since 9/26/2008

Tonight it was "Coleman's March" in D and then G.

Jul 9, 2021 - 6:32:16 AM
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2470 posts since 10/22/2007

Over the Waves (Waltz)

Jul 9, 2021 - 1:04:46 PM
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1905 posts since 12/11/2008

Soldier's Joy in C, played in third position. I'm currently obsessed with trying to get comfortable playing up the neck and Soldier's Joy is the tune my brain tends to automatically play. Anyway, to say the least I'm still not entirely comfortable up there.

Jul 9, 2021 - 2:21:54 PM
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1636 posts since 4/6/2014

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Originally posted by Lonesome Fiddler

Soldier's Joy in C, played in third position. I'm currently obsessed with trying to get comfortable playing up the neck and Soldier's Joy is the tune my brain tends to automatically play. Anyway, to say the least I'm still not entirely comfortable up there.


Go for it Ed. It gets more liberating the More you do it. Things are often easier up the dusty end, and new vistas open in my limited experience.

Jul 10, 2021 - 5:10:01 PM
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9504 posts since 3/19/2009

The Hangout's own Chickenman wrote a C tune called 'jump, Reggie, jump'... I've been tweaking it during my busking stints..!!! Maybe he'll grace us with a Sound-Off post of it some day soon..

Jul 11, 2021 - 4:13 AM
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carlb

USA

2373 posts since 2/2/2008

Yesterday, Waynesboro, or however you spell it.

Jul 11, 2021 - 7:57:28 AM
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755 posts since 8/10/2017

I think it was Long Train, which all I know about it is someone recorded it off the Quarantine Happy Hour last year. It's a pretty fun tune because it's a two-key tune and it sounds like a train and is fun to play forever.

I've been making a tune list I call the "play forever list" with the intention of starting a jam where the rule is we're going to play the tunes on the list, each one for at least 15 minutes straight or long enough that we are put into a trance. None of this play it 4 times and go on to the next. Long Train made the list.

Jul 11, 2021 - 6:32:16 PM

12536 posts since 9/23/2009

I'd love to hear Chickenman's Jump Reggie Jump tune! Is Reggie a rooster?

Diane, I just love those kinds of tunes that you could just sit and play forever! You'll have to share that forever list one of these days!

Jul 11, 2021 - 7:56:44 PM
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5518 posts since 9/26/2008

He's a very good boy. 


Jul 12, 2021 - 4:22:37 AM

12536 posts since 9/23/2009

Oh, there's Reggie! He's very cute, and I love his bowtie! Jump, Reggie, Jump!

Jul 12, 2021 - 6:22:28 AM
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294 posts since 4/15/2019

Kentucky waltz. I love waltzes!

Jul 12, 2021 - 7:47:43 AM

Swing

USA

2070 posts since 6/26/2007

Blue Jeans and Gingham, a great waltz written by Spade Cooley

Play Happy

Swing

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