One of the frustrating things about doing a new fiddle tune every day is that I often don’t get to spend as much time as I would like preparing a tune for the day. In fact, sometimes, the first time I played the tune was for the camera, and it’s done in one take. The consequence is that sometimes I think of a great lick, or a great verse that I wish I had played in the tune five or ten minutes after I finish recording it.
This is one of those times. I had a really cool verse that I like to play in Texas Serenade, and I didn’t even think about it during the recording, but as soon as I put my fiddle up, and got ready to upload, it all came streaming back into my brain.
Oh well, that is just part of the game. Fiddle Tune a Day on the whole has been an awesome experience so far. It’s been lots of fun, and has opened up some interesting doors. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me.
By the way, Shawn Howe plays the coolest version of Texas Serenade that I have ever heard. (I don’t see any recordings of it online, but if you get a chance, ask him to play it.)
Texas Serenade according to Fiddler’s Companion
TEXAS SERENADE. AKA and see “Fort Worth Rag.” Old-Time, Country Rag. F Major (‘A’ part) & C Major (‘B’ part). Standard tuning. AAB. Source for notated version: Hollis Taylor [Phillips]. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; pg. 145.