Hey Fiddle Friends!
My inspiration for this tune was the slide down at the beginning of the Orville Burns tune, Cumberland Gap. (Check out my Fiddle Tune a Day recording of Cumberland Gap here)
Since I live in Colorado, and there’s already a whole other tune called Cumberland Gap, I decided to name it after a Colorado Geological feature. AND, being a lefty, I couldn’t resist naming it after Lefthand Canyon, which is not far from Loveland.
It was named after Chief Niwot, a Left-handed Arapaho tribal leader. (Niwot also means left-handed)
Listen to my recording, learn it by ear or by the sheet music below, and record your version and send me a link.
* Post a link to your video in the comments below, or share it on my Facebook page. And, if you want to just share it with me (not publicly), you can share the link with me on my contact page.
I can’t wait to hear your take on Lefthand Canyon! Show me what you’ve got.
Keep on Fiddling!
Jerry W. Ellis says
I’ve worked on the first part of Lefthanded Canyon. The bowing makes me think it is a new bowing pattern that I’ve never used as such. The first four notes could alternatively be any one of a number of the standard bowing patterns. So, as a novice, I’ve added that to my collection of practice items. Your Lefthanded Canyon is a nice piece to learn that bowing pattern. Thanks for that! I’m not yet set up to make recordings so I’ll have to pass on that feature. Thanks for sharing your tune with us. Jerry W. Ellis, Charleston, IL
Vi Wickam says
Hi Jerry, I’m glad to hear that you are working on it. There are definitely a number of ways to bow that first 4 notes. The most important rule of thumb for fiddling is “Down Bow on the Down Beat.” No matter how you play with it, having a strong down bow on the down beat will make it feel danceable! 🙂