Lost Indian – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 324

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I learned Lost Indian from a recording of Benny Thomasson playing it. I have a lot of recordings of Benny, and I have to say that I am ¬†as impressed by the breadth of his fiddling repertoire as I am about how well he played the tunes. He played hornpipes, and cross-key old-time fiddle tunes […]

Roxanna Waltz – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 318

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I heard Roxanna(‘s) Waltz many times growing up, but I can’t say that I’ve ever performed it before tonight, or probably ever played it all the way through. It’s a pretty song, but it always felt a little awkward to me how it goes from C to A so abruptly, so I tried to arrange […]

Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 316

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I really love swing music. Hearing it (or playing it) just makes me want to say, YEAH… Ain’t Misbehavin’ is one of my long-time favorites. It has a fairly complex chord structure, and everything fits together so well that it doesn’t sound that complicated. I would say that it’s chords are elegant and well placed. […]

You Are My Sunshine – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 315

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You Are My Sunshine is a perfect of a song that sounds so happy, but when you look at the lyrics, it’s not so happy after all. The first verse is benign enough, but when you get to the second and third verses, you might as well tear your heart out and stomp on it. […]

Blackberry Blossom – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 312

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Tonight tells me very clearly that it’s better to record my fiddle tune before I’m exhausted. (It’s not the first late-night fiddle tune a day that has told me that message.) Recording Blackberry Blossom was not going well tonight. I really should have picked an easier tune, but hindsight is always 20/20. I did about […]

White Rose Waltz – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 308

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I only learned White Rose Waltz recently when I taught it to one of my students. It’s a beautiful tune, and I really like the way it transitions from the Key of D to Bb and then back again. I just finished playing for a wedding today at the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO […]

Beautiful Girl Schottische – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 304

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This is my second Schottische of the year. I learned it from a Dale Morris transcription, but I’m pretty sure I have heard Joe Venuti play it as well. I just went through all of the Joe Venuti tunes on my computer and couldn’t find it though. Beautiful Girl Schottische is a beautiful tune. To […]

Waves of the Danube (AKA Anniversary Waltz) – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 303

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I’m pretty sure I learned Anniversary Waltz from Dale Morris, but I don’t remember for sure, and the only recording of the tune that I could find was from the Grand Masters’ early years album. When I started looking for it online, I found out that it’s part of a piece written by Romanian Composer […]

Limerock – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 291

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I think that I first learned Limerock off of a transcription of Byron Berline playing it, but I probably don’t play it very true to those notes any more. Really, that’s one of the things I like about fiddling. I don’t have to play these tunes the way I originally learned them. Heck, I don’t […]

Goin’ Places – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 289

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Going Places is a pretty sweet tune. It’s swingy and fun, and just a little bit tricky. I first heard it on one of the Weiser CD’s that John Lardinois recorded. What a great resource those recordings were. I don’t know anything about the tune, but maybe the Internets will enlighten me. Nope, no luck. […]