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    I've been working on lots of new/old fiddle tunes lately, between mandolin, clawhammer banjo, and fiddle. One I'm having fun with lately is The Old Apple Tree by Molly and Jack Tuttle. It may not technically be an authentic Old-Time fiddle tune, but it has all the goodness of such. I've worked up parts for banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and even mandola. It's just a fun tune, with a crooked B part.

    *edited to add: oh, and it's in the key of C. I've been playing a lot in C lately because it's just a good key and works well for clawhammer in Double C tuning, and pairs well with my wife on the mandola. But C is a great key for fiddle too.


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    Ducks on the Mill Pond is a new old-time fiddle tune for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobin View Post
    I've been working on lots of new/old fiddle tunes lately, between mandolin, clawhammer banjo, and fiddle. One I'm having fun with lately is The Old Apple Tree by Molly and Jack Tuttle. It may not technically be an authentic Old-Time fiddle tune, but it has all the goodness of such.
    Is this one the Tuttles wrote? It is a nice tune and does sound traditional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Is this one the Tuttles wrote? It is a nice tune and does sound traditional.
    I don't know for sure, but I'm assuming it's one they wrote. I can't find any references to it as a traditional tune.

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    Sal's Got Mud Between Her Toes ... new OT tune today ... I really like the way it flows. Great tune for a clawhammer & fiddle
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    Monroes Hornpipe.

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    I have found a new addiction to an old tune "Hell Broke Lose in Georgia". There is so much to love there.

    I couldn't find a mando version but this is what I hear in my head:
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    Wow, I wasn't familiar with that tune, Jeff. But you're right: there's a lot to love there. Definitely going to work that one up!

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    Working on getting The Crooked Road up to speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodwizard View Post
    Sal's Got Mud Between Her Toes ... new OT tune today ... I really like the way it flows. Great tune for a clawhammer & fiddle
    Nice pic of the F2. Is there a reason you posted that with the tune? Does it have mud between its strings?
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    Jeff, I just realized what it was about that tune that caught my fancy. It bears a striking resemblance to Tennessee Mountain Fox Chase, but with extra goodness.

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    Stoney Point is a good one. Norman and Tony do a good version of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobin View Post
    Jeff, I just realized what it was about that tune that caught my fancy. It bears a striking resemblance to Tennessee Mountain Fox Chase, but with extra goodness.
    I can understand that! Tennessee Mountain Fox Chase and Hell Broke Loose In Georgia are two of my very favorites too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Nice pic of the F2. Is there a reason you posted that with the tune? Does it have mud between its strings?
    Ha! only when I don't wash my hands Jim
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    Pretty Little Dog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobin View Post
    Jeff, I just realized what it was about that tune that caught my fancy. It bears a striking resemblance to Tennessee Mountain Fox Chase, but with extra goodness.


    Hadn't heard Tennessee Mountain Fox Chase. But I love it.

    It is so wonderful that we can get all enthusiastic about a tune, and understand others who express similar enthusiasm. It is something about this avocation of ours that is not appreciated by so many. That one would go live in a tent for a week on a mountainside in West Virginia in the hopes of finding a tune to fall in love with. Who does stuff like that?

    And thank goodness a tune doesn't get jealous when you fall in love with a different one. Fiddle tune polyamory!
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    I'm having a total blast with "Jim Donoghue's reel" which, when I play it, somehow gets converted from Irish trad to oldtime! My version on mandolin & clawhammer banjo:


    (or direct link). NOTE: Banjo was recorded with cell-phone, not exactly hi-fi.

    I'd encourage any clawhammer pickers out there to give this tune a try, maybe we can get this tune into the 'new' oldtime repertoire! It's a lot of fun to play, and it fits surprisingly well onto the banjo fretboard, not too difficult. I fill in the blank spots with the usual assortment of optional 2nd-fret pull-offs, drop-thumb to open 2nd string and other notes for rhythmic variety, various hammers & slides etc. The tuning is "aDADE" (same as regular ol' "2 C tuning" but capo'd up 2 frets).

    Extra thanks to Jill McAuley for her great traditional Irish pickin' over at MandolinCafe Song-a-Week, her post there was where I first learned this tune a few days ago.

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    Woke up with the late Garry Harrison's tune Jail Break running through my head and that usually means it has also seeped into my fingers. Gonna get off this computer and make sure!

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    Dark Haired Girl ... There's something about this old-time fiddle tune I really like
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    "Clyde Kurst's Tune" ... Cool old-time fiddle (C) tune. Working on it today. Not quite up to the speed I want to play it at this time but I thought I'd give it a shot.
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    This weekend it's "Blowzabella". I believe it is from Scotland, 1750.

    Here is the link: (page 26)

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    My new fiddle tune is Mace Bell's Civil War March. Key of A. Actually the reason I'm posting his time is that I can't figure out how to start a new thread???? I've done it before, but for some reason I can't figure it out this time. Also, I'm subscribed to this "new fiddle tune" thread, and can't subscribe to any other thread. (I'm logged in and cleared to do all these things.) Please help!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stringalong View Post
    ... Actually the reason I'm posting his time is that I can't figure out how to start a new thread???? I've done it before, but for some reason I can't figure it out this time. ...
    1. Make sure you are logged in.
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    Thank you very much, Jack!


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    I can't stop playing this jig melody on fiddle, mandolin and banjo. From the excellent super-danceable playing of Charlie Walden.

    Rocking Chair Jig
    and Catfish Jig

    Here is Charlie playing it at a dance:

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