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Aug 3, 2022 - 4:20:05 PM
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341 posts since 6/21/2007

Hi Folks,
So if I want to learn to play banjo like Earl, or Don Reno. There are books, tapes, and dvds available. If I want to learn Monroe style mando or Doc Watson’s guitar style. Again, no problem. But does anyone know of books with transcriptions, tabs and studies of first generation bluegrass fiddlers, like Wise, Warren, Cline? So far I have had no luck.

Aug 3, 2022 - 5:20:25 PM



2918 posts since 6/26/2007
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Never seen one on them, but there were books for Vassar, Kenny Baker from Oak Publications at one time and Bryon Berline had a couple of books. There are books for groups of old time fiddlers too from Mel Bay.

Aug 3, 2022 - 6:58:30 PM
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63 posts since 6/12/2015

There are some good transcriptions of those fiddlers and others scattered among several books:

Stacy Phillips and Kenny Kosek, Bluegrass Fiddle Styles. I know there is a little Paul Warren in there, I think they wanted to include some Chubby Wise but couldn't due to copyright issues.

Jack Tuttle's Bluegrass Collection. Definitely some breaks from each of those fiddlers in there. Also Jim Shumate.

The two Gene Lowinger books, Bluegrass Fiddle (Oak) and Bluegrass Fiddling, Fiddlers & Styles (Schirmer). I know there are some Paul Warren breaks in the Oak book, and probably some Curly Ray and Chubby Wise in the Schirmer one, though I'd have to look.

Ron Stewart has a DVD about the Flatt & Scruggs fiddlers, so Warren and Wise, plus Shumate, Benny Sims, Benny Martin and others.

Aug 3, 2022 - 7:42:40 PM

6183 posts since 9/26/2008

Brad Leftwich has several DVDs that incorporate various fiddlers' "signature bowing" and one in particular that focuses on Round Peak fiddlers and fiddling

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