Week #259 Ducks on the Millpond

  1. Marcelyn
    This week's winner, Ducks on the Millpond, is a great fiddle tune out of Virginia. You can read some background on it at the Traditional Tune Archive...
    Most people go to Emmitt Lundy as the source for this tune. You can hear him fiddling it here...
    To help get the notes down, here's a recording of Matt Brown playing Ducks on the Millpond through slowly...
    Mandolin tab, sheet music, and a midi can be found here...
    I can't seem to find mandolin examples, but here are some good fiddlers to get us started...

    And here's Ducks on the Millpond with a fun twist. Isn't it kind of interesting to compare the fiddle's drone to the pipes in this one?

    There's a tune by Kenny Baker called Ducks on the Millpond too. Here's tab for that one...
    Here's a video...
  2. Dan Krhla
    Dan Krhla
    So quiet? So, the tab in the link above says A, but the main page of the TuneArch linked above has 3 versions in D. Who's working on what? I like the TuneArch page because it has ABC and I can suck it into Tabledit...


    Here's one of three from that page -

    T:Ducks on the Millpond
    S:Luther Davis (Galax)
    (f/a/a/)(b/ a)f/a/|a/b/a/f/ e/(d/d)|(f/a)(a/ f)d/B/|A/d/B/d/ e/(d/d)|
    (f/a/a/)(b/ a)f/a/|a/b/a/f/ ed|f/(a/a/)a/ fd/d/|A/B/B/d/ e/(d/d)||
    dd f/f/e/f/|d/e/f/f/ e/(d/B/)d/|dd/d/ f/f/e/d/|B/A/B/d/ e/(d/d)||
    dd f/f/e/(d/|d)f/f/ e/(d/B/d/)|dd f/f/e/(d/|B/A/)B/d/ e/(d/d||

  3. Marcelyn
    The one I started working on is in D, Dan. I went with Emmitt Lundy's version in the sound clip above. Here's a solo run-through from me. This one is another new favorite of mine.

  4. Michael Pastucha
    Michael Pastucha
    Well done Marcy!
  5. Dan Krhla
    Dan Krhla
    That came out GREAT! Thanks.
  6. Michael Romkey
    Michael Romkey
    Work in progress.

  7. Frithjof
    Great picking at this kitchen recording!
    Thanks, Mike. Sounds like Monroe stile to my ears.
  8. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Very sophisticated sounding ducks Mike!
    I love this tune, it was actually the first one I ever learned on the banjo.
    Thanks for the reminder.
  9. Michael Romkey
    Michael Romkey
    Here's an updated version. Still a work in progress. The transcript I was using didn't have the A section right, and I was missing stuff in the B and C section. However, still a work in progress. This is a tricky one.

  10. Frithjof
  11. Gelsenbury
    Well played, Mike!

    Does anyone know what happened to Marcelyn? She used to be so active here.
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