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Oct 14, 2021 - 5:24:01 AM
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2469 posts since 10/22/2007

Those tunes among the first you've learned, but still hanging in there. For one reason or another. What are yours?

Wabash Cannonball
Faded Love
Bile the Cabbage (i try to avoid)
Tenn. Waltz
Ky. Waltz
Rubber Dolly

I guess it proves the power of a good simple tune

Edited by - farmerjones on 10/14/2021 05:25:53

Oct 14, 2021 - 6:39:45 AM
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24 posts since 9/22/2013

Soldier's Joy, Jenny Lind Polka, Seneca Square Dance, Angeline the Baker... I still enjoy playing these tunes, which I learned decades ago. Once I was at a local old time jam and I played Fisher's Hornpipe. The host of the jam exclaimed, "Nobody plays that tune anymore!" I replied, "Well, I do..."

Interesting how tunes go out of fashion, then later are revived (or not!).

Oct 14, 2021 - 9:52:55 AM
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I began with My darling Clementine, does this count? I used to know this song as a young kid and played it on my harmonica when I was about eight or nine years old .I have no idea how I got to know this tune so early. There was a movie I saw afterwards, wherein the song was played very slow and tragic, the movie itself was much like a fairy tale.
I managed to find the notes on my violin soon after I started taking violin classes more than a year ago.
I will always enjoy this song.

Another one I used to play on my harmonica as a kid was also Oh Susanna, I know this one on violin now as well.

Other tunes I can play so far and that I hope can count:

Cripple creek
Swallowtail Jig
Amazing grace
Drunken sailor
Old joe Clark
I'll fly away
Bonaparte crossing the Rhine
Ruby with the eyes that sparkle, as in Cold Mountain
Maggie in the woods

Edited by - Quincy on 10/14/2021 09:55:08

Oct 14, 2021 - 12:16:27 PM
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5509 posts since 9/26/2008

"Jenny Lind Polka?" In G?
That is anything but a beginner tune. Same could be said for Fisher's.

My first tunes that I still play regularly:
"Old Joe Clark"
"Hell Broke Loose in Georgia"
"Nail that Catfish to the Tree"
"Grasshopper Sitting on a Sweet Potato Vine"

Oct 14, 2021 - 12:56:15 PM
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294 posts since 4/15/2019

Old Joe Clark
Cotton eyed Joe
Kentucky waltz
Little Lisa
Wabash cannonball

Oct 14, 2021 - 1:05:30 PM
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2373 posts since 2/2/2008

The first tunes that remained in my head for life, long before I played them on the fiddle were from singing calls when I first started to square dance at about the age of 5.
Little Brown Jug
Marching Through Georgia
Buffalo Gals
Shoo Fly
Golden Slippers
to name a few

Oct 14, 2021 - 5:21:04 PM
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94 posts since 1/24/2019

Irish Washer Woman
Off to California
Jackie Tar
Maid behind the Bar
Bay of Fundy

Those few stuck after a few hundred times. Others won't stick, need the dots to play!

Oct 14, 2021 - 6:44:03 PM
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240 posts since 9/6/2011

Some of the above and......

Whiskey Before Breakfast
Red Haired Boy
Sally Goodin
Ragtime Annie
Pig Ankle Rag

Oct 15, 2021 - 1:06:50 AM
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1904 posts since 12/11/2008

Angeline the Baker
Soldier's Joy
Greasy Coat
Cold Frosty Morn'
Five Miles of Ellum Wood

Ruby with the Eyes that Sparkle

Edited by - Lonesome Fiddler on 10/15/2021 01:08:22

Oct 15, 2021 - 9:30:54 AM
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231 posts since 2/10/2020

The first "fiddle tune" I Iearned was Angeline the Baker, and I learned it on the banjo, not the fiddle. I did not like it all. When I took up fiddle, almost two years ago, I had a live, face to face teacher for a couple of months before the covids happened. The very first song she wanted me to learn was...Angeline the Baker! She (the fiddle teacher, not Angeline) was a stern, eastern European lady who brooked no nonsense and I was afraid that if I declined to learn Angeline the Baker, she would whack me her bow. So I learned it. It's actually much more fun to play on the fiddle than the banjo and I still play it a lot as a reference point for how I am, or am not, improving.

Edited by - doryman on 10/15/2021 09:31:51

Oct 25, 2021 - 6:20:13 AM
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72 posts since 9/4/2007

Tunes that are still there?? All of them really. First tunes would have been Old Molly Hair, Susannah Gal, Angeline the Baker, Soldier's Joy, Mississippi Sawyer, Sally Ann, Sugar Hill, Rock the Cradle Joe, Yellow Rose of Texas, . . . . . . . . The list goes on though it's kind of hard to remember that far back. Still working on most of them still. Great stuff, and why would they go away? They're still around for a reason I figure.

Oct 25, 2021 - 2:06:24 PM

12528 posts since 9/23/2009

I guess I started out with Waterbound and I Can't Get Home, East Virginia Blues, Boil 'em Cabbages Down, Soldier's Joy, stuff like that. I still love to play Waterbound. Soldier's Joy...I used to be able to play it really I fumble around bad with

Oct 25, 2021 - 9:09:14 PM

128 posts since 7/30/2021

Pipe on the Hob - from a Paddy Canny video

But I was sad when I brought it to an Irish session because nobody knew it.
In fact, nobody ever knows it...
probably wasn't a great choice for my first tune!

Oct 25, 2021 - 9:24:37 PM

128 posts since 7/30/2021

Originally posted by doryman

She (the fiddle teacher, not Angeline) was a stern, eastern European lady who brooked no nonsense and I was afraid that if I declined to learn Angeline the Baker, she would whack me her bow. So I learned it. 

Ha ha! I was afraid of my stern violin teacher, growing up! So I dutifully practiced...

I confess that I have poked people with my bow to get their attention!
But, never whacked anybody. 

Oct 26, 2021 - 4:55:59 AM
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161 posts since 12/30/2008

Not the first tune I learned, but Road to Lisdoonvarna has been my warm-up tune for years.

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