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May 27, 2024 - 8:30:56 AM
1 posts since 5/27/2024

Howdy all


My 10 year old son has recently taken up violin. I play guitar banjo and a little mandolin. We have been jamming together on some fiddle tunes. He is doing great. We have some great arrangements of turkey in the straw and Arkansas travelet from the Bluegrass fun book.

Looking for simple to intermediate arrangements in standard notation of red wing and whiskey before breakfast. Anyone have a book recommendation.

May 27, 2024 - 9:34:35 AM
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2589 posts since 10/1/2008

The Fiddlers Fakebook by Michael Brody will have plenty of tunes for you to work on. It will keep you bust for years. R/

May 27, 2024 - 10:02:35 AM
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DougD

USA

11931 posts since 12/2/2007

The author of the "Fiddlers Fakebook" is David Brody.
"Red Wing" was published in 1907, one of a spate of romantic songs about Indian "princesses." Here's the original sheet music from the Lester Levy collection at Johns Hopkins University: levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/col...n/149/055

Edited by - DougD on 05/27/2024 10:08:13

May 27, 2024 - 10:21:07 AM
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DougD

USA

11931 posts since 12/2/2007

I don't know why "Whiskey Before Breakfast" has become such a popular tune to introduce to young students. It seems like a bad habit to encourage, IMHO. Anyway, if you just Google the title you'll find many examples. Its a Western Canadian tune and apparently dates from the, 1950's.

May 27, 2024 - 12:06:58 PM
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2497 posts since 12/11/2008

If you are tuned to Cross, try Greasy Coat, one of the simplest and most effective tunes you can do.

May 27, 2024 - 2:34:26 PM

2626 posts since 8/27/2008

Minor niggle... generally instrumental tunes are called "Tunes", and music with vocals are called "Songs". I assume you're asking about tunes.

May 27, 2024 - 2:57:06 PM
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3641 posts since 9/13/2009

Brian Wicklund has a bunch of books of fiddle tunes, and instruction books... that appeal to that age demographic.

Edited by - alaskafiddler on 05/27/2024 14:57:46

May 27, 2024 - 3:04:47 PM

275 posts since 11/26/2013

Personally, for beginners, i like to introduce tunes that have basic fiddle techniques or melodic ideas that are fairly common in a number of fiddle tunes. Whiskey Before Breakfast in example, has within it a basic walkdown riff in the A part that is common to a lot of old time tunes. Blackberry Blossom is another one that has a very common riff in the A part that is used or similar to melodic ideas in any number of other fiddle tunes. Seems to work well with learning by ear.

May 28, 2024 - 7:52:13 AM

4374 posts since 6/23/2007

Wicklund's book was written by a professional instructor and has playable version of some popular tunes for a less experienced fiddle. CD for all tunes is included. Before learning to play a tune, have your son be able to hum/sing/whistle the melody. After your son becomes comfortable, the musical notation/sound files Ian Walsh sells on Youtube are very good.

May 28, 2024 - 8:10:16 AM

Erockin

USA

928 posts since 9/3/2022

quote:
Originally posted by DougD

I don't know why "Whiskey Before Breakfast" has become such a popular tune to introduce to young students. It seems like a bad habit to encourage, IMHO. Anyway, if you just Google the title you'll find many examples. Its a Western Canadian tune and apparently dates from the, 1950's.


I can't believe I had to approach that one early on. I still can't play it at speed but it's one that I def don't skip notes on. 

Edited by - Erockin on 05/28/2024 08:10:31

May 28, 2024 - 8:12:02 AM

Erockin

USA

928 posts since 9/3/2022

quote:
Originally posted by wrench13

Personally, for beginners, i like to introduce tunes that have basic fiddle techniques or melodic ideas that are fairly common in a number of fiddle tunes. Whiskey Before Breakfast in example, has within it a basic walkdown riff in the A part that is common to a lot of old time tunes. Blackberry Blossom is another one that has a very common riff in the A part that is used or similar to melodic ideas in any number of other fiddle tunes. Seems to work well with learning by ear.


As I learn the Georgia Shuffle, I'm tempted to go after BBB once I've defeated June Apple! 

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