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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I can't stop playing this jig melody on fiddle, mandolin and banjo. From the excellent super-danceable playing of Charlie Walden. ...
    Jim, these are great! They are on my music stand now. Do you know more about these tunes? I don't have a banjo, but I'm going to try to play the Catfish Jig on my concertina.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Roberts View Post
    Jim, these are great! They are on my music stand now. Do you know more about these tunes? I don't have a banjo, but I'm going to try to play the Catfish Jig on my concertina.
    As far as I know they are Canadian tunes. Catfish is, I believe, associated with Graham Townsend.
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    Has anyone ever come across a fiddle tune called "Flight to D.C."? (Yeah, try searching for it. Nearly impossible.)

    a Dm tune, I believe.

    Found this one vid, but wondering if anyone has seen others, or has notation.

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    Deeper into Missouri fiddle tunes. Brenda's Reel (pdf for transcription from Charlie's site) originally played by phenomenal lefty fiddler Cyril Stinnett and equally phenomenal Charlie Walden.

    I have been working on this one on ITM-tuned banjo and mandolin. It is a bit more difficult for me on fiddle especially in the second part where you have to play in second or third position. Fun and a great dance tune.



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    Charlie actually teaches the tune I posted above.



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    Quote Originally Posted by terzinator View Post
    Has anyone ever come across a fiddle tune called "Flight to D.C."? (Yeah, try searching for it. Nearly impossible.)

    a Dm tune, I believe.

    Found this one vid, but wondering if anyone has seen others, or has notation.
    A mention on a thread in the archive:
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    Buck White's tune "Broken Dreams" is a lovely Dm piece. There's mandolin tune on Bob Black's "Ladies on the Steamboat" album written by John Purk called "Flight to D.C." that's in Dm as well. Both are very nice tunes and not too difficult to play.
    Ah I found it at 27:19 (I can't remember how to index that place on the video) on this video with John Purk who wrote it playing mandolin. Nice tune!

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    Jim, you rock! Thanks!

    After hearing it: It's got a bit of Lonesome Fiddle Blues about it, that's for sure.

    Oh, here's a link that embeds the start time:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2hQmq4ewOc&t=27m18s
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    [QUOTE=Jim Nollman;
    Rocky Pallet is a beautiful tune and I recommend it highly to anyone ready for a fingering challenge. The B part has taken some extra listening because it fluctuates into 3 different directions as it develops. Translating the lines from the usual fiddle to the unusual mandolin is a lot of fun because, really, how do you best translate an old time fiddles rolling pulse into single lines built on dry and woody notes? I'm not sure I'll ever be able to play it at dance speed.

    Hey Jim, Here is me and some friends playing Rocky Pallet. Is this the same old-time tune version you were referring to?
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    After listening to both Grisman's and Skagg's versions, I had to learn Boston Boy. Super fun to play. Does anyone know what the deal is with the order of the A and B parts? I've heard it both ways.

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    Mike
    Don't give up in despair. There is a free program out there called "Audacity" that will take about any format audio file and allow you to modify it in many ways including change tempo. Most songs can be taken down to about half tempo without loosing all sense of rhythm.

    Look at:

    http://www.audacityteam.org/

    It works on windows, mac and linux.

    Besides that it is a darn fine digital recording/editing studio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Miller View Post
    After listening to both Grisman's and Skagg's versions, I had to learn Boston Boy. Super fun to play. Does anyone know what the deal is with the order of the A and B parts? I've heard it both ways.
    Lots of fiddle tunes are that way. I learned some tunes in a specific order, and they just sound "right" to me in that order. Then I'll hear someone starting the tune off with the B part, and it sounds odd until I get used to it.
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    Slocum Hollow, a Butch Baldassari number, starts out on the last half of the B part, then hits the regular AA/BB stride.

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    Only playing the last half of a B part before starting the regular AABB pattern would be more of a kickoff, in my mind. That's different than reversing the entire tune and playing BBAA.
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    Been trying to learn Great Big Yam Potatoes. It's very simple but I really like it. Oddly I keep forgetting how the simplest part, the A part, goes. That's why I struggle to learn it.

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