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    I'm learning 3 modal tunes and forging them into a set for an upcoming dance. Our fiddler plays them tuned to AEAE. And she's just starting to play another open-tuned modal set on viola, which really lets the mandolin shine through.

    Grub Springs into Billy Wilson into Going Across the Sea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodwizard View Post
    QUOTE=Mike Bunting;1032790]I've started on Wolves a'Howlin".
    Now that's a great (A) tune and has good lyrics as well. My OT band does that one.
    I just learned "Jeff Sturgeon". Another AEAE fiddle tune with a little twist. Here's me and my OT band pickin' it yesterday at my 60th b'day party. Much fun that day and many tunes were played that's for sure

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    Well, happy birthday. That looks like my kind of party!

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    Thanks Mike it was a good party. You would have fit right in ... here's another ... "Little Billy Wilson"... playing this at my B'day party. Probably had a little too many Miller Lts. as I attempted this one but I really like this tune. It was a fun day of pickin' that's for sure.

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    Here is a cool OT fiddle tune that we've been having a lot of fun with here lately "Fortune"

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    Mike, i do love that tune Billy Wilson. Our quartet plays it in a dance set for which the fiddler tunes openly: AEAE. It goes: Grub Springs, BW, Sandy Boys. To make it square for a contra dance, we had to eliminate the B part of BW. I really enjoy cranking out that C part on mando, with the melody played entirely with double stops.
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    I have been working on tunes out of Samuel Bayard's Dance to the Fiddle March to the Fife.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Nollman View Post
    Mike, i do love that tune Billy Wilson. Our quartet plays it in a dance set for which the fiddler tunes openly: AEAE. It goes: Grub Springs, BW, Sandy Boys. To make it square for a contra dance, we had to eliminate the B part of BW. I really enjoy cranking out that C part on mando, with the melody played entirely with double stops.
    Jim, I can see those 3 AEAE tunes going really well together. Maybe even throw in a little bit of Ways of the World, Chinkapin Huntin', Half Past Four, Little Dutch Girl, Jeff Sturgeon, Hang Man's Reel and Red Bird. There's so many great AEAE fiddle tunes in (A)
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    I've been working on three tunes in the past few weeks.. land's end, red haired boy, and cooley's reel.. with some temperance reel in there somewhere
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    Cuckoo's Nest. I'll probably stitch it into a set with Arkansas Traveler, which sounds vaguely similar to me. Now I'm looking for a third tune with those same melodic qualities, to complete the set. Any ideas?
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    Staying with D, Snowflake Reel might be a good 3rd tune, has that jazzy Bb in it to really confound the peeps.

    Been messing with Chief Sitting In The Rain, which is essentially Chief Sitting Bull, 3 parts, with a minor section in the middle. It's a toughie.

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    listened to Snowflake. What a unique tune. Not quite strong enough as a melody for I'm seeking. By the way, AlanN, what is a "peep".
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    Peeps = people

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    Jim N.... How about Acorn Hill Breakdown? Scott Nygaard w/ J Reischman on mando paired it with Big Sciota on his first album. Love the Bob Holt version on fiddle.

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    Mississippi Sawyer
    Staten Island Hornpipe
    John Ryans Polka
    Spotted Pony
    Woodchoppers Reel
    Sadie at the Back Door, if you really want to go out on a limb.
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    The old-time version of Blackberry Blossom.

    And Molly Put the Kettle On (John Hartford's - Wild Hog in the Red Brush version)

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    thanks for all the ideas.

    There's three we're trying out to complete the set, next time we get together: Blackberry Blossom, Wildwood Flower, and Green Willis
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    Mike...I swear, this is truly the thread that won't die...and that's a very good thing.

    London Hornpipe....great little tune.

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    June Apple... fun one in A mixolydian kinda like Kitchen Girl

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    The Golden Eagle Hornpipe is a fun one I've been playing a lot lately. There's just a lot of flowing notes that makes a good workout. And another one I just learned is Ashland Breakdown
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    I finally learned Ed Haley's Half Past Four today.

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    Rickett's Hornpipe...
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    Just started working on Old Dangerfield (Daingerfield?)

    Holy crap was Monroe a genius or what?

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    Not a fiddle tune, per se, but been messing with the wonderful number Flyin' High, by the Bibester, from Young Mando Monsters. In B chord, has it all: drive, groove, hip melodic lines. Alan is the man.

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    Bill's Dream

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    Figured out Jerusalem Ridge (Brad Laird's YouTube vid is great for this one, by the way), and now working on Herschel Sizemore's "Rebecca." This is, so far, the toughest one I've tried to learn. I don't think the notes are the thing, it's just that the melody is more subtle. Gonna be a while before I'll have it memorized, that's for sure.

    I found the Bluegrass College while searching for examples of this tune. I went ahead and subscribed, and there are great videos, backup tracks, and lesson tracks. The video is of Matt Flinner, playing it very slowly and deliberately. Great stuff.

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