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    I'm making a concerted effot to ramp up the old learning curve. These are getting cleaner by the day. What have you been working on?
    Cherokee Shuffle
    Big Scioty
    Barlow Knife
    June Apple
    Nail that Catfish to a Tree
    Sal's Got Mud between Her Toes
    Squirrel Heads in Gravy (still kinda rough)
    A couple of those make me hungry.
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    Spotted Pony
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    I just taught myself "Quickstep to the Battle of Prague" off of the David Surrette recording. It's a really cool tune, can't get it out of my head.

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    I've been working on Spotted Pony and Folding Down the Sheets. Squirrel Heads and Gravy.....glad you mentioned that one. I started on it a while back and never really got it down.

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    I've been learning tunes out of the book " The Portland Collection" trying to get better at sight reading, so I'm constantly working on something. I've learned about 15 new tunes in the last 2 months. Right now I'm learning a tune called "John Bowes" in the key of C. Pretty cool tune.

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    I envy your ability to read, Tommy. I only learn this stuff by ear, and there's no slow downer on these web sites I use, so stuff goes pretty fast. I just do a lot of repeat, repeat, etc, etc....and it's real easy to wind up with a close VERSION of and old tune. It's a lot harder to get one spot on. But what fun I'm having trying to get up to speed for the Walnut Valley Festival next month. Fiddlers out the wazoo at midnight. Pretty close to heaven.
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    I envy your ability to read, Tommy
    I learned to read notation in school band starting in 6th grade. I've never been a good sight reader, I usually stumble my way through, but I decided to get better. I've been working at it for a couple months and I've made a huge improvement. It's like anything else, hard work and determination.

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    Ragtime Annie from the Sam Bush DVD.

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    I just learned Bonaparte Crossing the Rocky Mts. and have been pairing it with Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (thanks Skip Gorman) Hint: don't start off too fast on the Rhine or you will fall off the Rockies and could hurt something important.
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    So true, Clyde. I fell off Jerusalem Ridge once and it took me a month to recover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (Mandoholic @ Aug. 24 2008, 12:26)
    I just learned Bonaparte Crossing the Rocky Mts. and have been pairing it with Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (thanks Skip Gorman) Hint: don't start off too fast on the Rhine or you will fall off the Rockies and could hurt something important.
    At the local Saturday old-time jam, we often pair "Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine" with "Bonaparte's Retreat." #In other words, he went there and then came back. #The two tunes do work very well together.

    My band is currently working on learning "Breaking Up Christmas" and "Baby-O".

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    Marmadukes Hornpipe and Spanish Two step
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    My new tunes are:
    Spotted Pony
    Ten Miles To Deep Gap
    Big Country
    Mississippi Sawyer
    and a cool Norman Blake tune "Bright Days"
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    I've been working on tunes from Butch Baldassari's Mandolin Tunes for Practice and Repertoire:

    Last Night's Fun (great version of this on More Ultimate Pickin)
    Wild Rose of the Mountain (sounds like octave mando on the Appalachian Mandolin and Dulcimer CD version of this tune)
    Woodchopper's Reel
    Little Jackie Wilson

    I can already do a passing job (meaning I can keep up with Butch on the CD) of:
    Big Sciota
    Big John McNeill
    Cheep Mountain
    Tater Patch
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    Epiphone MM30 (the beater)
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    Hell Among The Yearlings from Alan Kaufman.
    I'll get it on the mando eventually but I don't think I'll ever get it on the fiddle.
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    [QUOTE]a cool Norman Blake tune "Bright Days"

    I learned Bright Days a couple years ago, I love that tune.

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    Quote Originally Posted by (sgarrity @ Aug. 23 2008, 23:18)
    #Squirrel Heads and Gravy.....glad you mentioned that one. #I started on it a while back and never really got it down.
    Isn't that a fun one. A real find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (TommyMax @ Aug. 24 2008, 01:28)
    I've been learning tunes out of the book " The Portland Collection" trying to get better at sight reading, so I'm constantly working on something.
    The Portland Collection is a great collection. And the versions of the tune in their is usually the one I want.

    For sight reading practice, however, I prefer a tune book with the tunes organized by type, like hornpipes, reels, jigs etc. That way I can grab the rythem right out of the gate. I'll sight read down several tunes of the same type and get farther than I do in a book with the tunes alphabetical. Right now my favorite is Ryans Mammoth Collection though I use many.

    http://www.amazon.com/Mel-Bay....&sr=1-1

    I readily admit, though, that for looking up a tune I want to learn, the alphabetical listing has clear advantages.



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    Working on Big Sciota, Shove the Pigs foot a little closer to the fire and Drowsy Maggie.

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    I've almost got Greenleaf Fancy, another Norman Blake tune, up to speed. It seems a little bent in the B part, but when I remembered about counting to 4 it all became clear.
    Let's see, that's 1 and 2 and 3 and a duh 4. I've got it.
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    I feel as though the fiddle tunes are getting up to snuff.. I particularly have "Whiskey Before Breakfast" "Cuckoo's Nest" and "Fisher's Hornpipe" well under my fingers and have been able to throw it in different gears, but have a bit of trouble goin off the map, so to speak, so that the melody is still there but is still far off enough to sound fresh.. Any suggestions/past threads on how to solo these tunes? Arpeggios, scales, runs,exercises, et al?
    Ooh, he card reads good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by (minnedolin @ Aug. 25 2008, 22:08)
    Any suggestions/past threads on how to solo these tunes? #Arpeggios, scales, runs,exercises, et al?
    Well in a BG setting I guess you would want to improvise.

    But I play mostly in OT jams, where I (we) stick real close to the melody. Play it clean, using phrasing I hear in the fiddler's playing. Recently I have been putting in some double stop harmonies when taking a break or playing them solo or with a rhythm backup. I might do some small departures from the melody, to arrive at the end of the phrase from the bottom instead of the top for example, but nothing more than that. Nothing remotely like the fireworks expected in a BG jam.

    One reason is I like the tunes so much. Especially Cuckoo's Nest - I love that tune as it is. I really cannot improve on it.



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    I worked on Squirrel Heads and Gravy last night and got it back up to playing speed. #I feel another YouTube video coming on soon! #

    The video is posted!




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    So many mentions of my hero, Norman Blake. Anyone working on "Blake's March"? Absolutely wonderful tune. My tablature posted here in that section is pretty close to Norman's arrangement (forget the harmony part...I wrote it years ago. Passable, but not great. I was just learning how to do that....)

    The Montana Mandolin Society has a recording of Blake's March on one of their CDs that is also great.
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