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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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    The Birth of Kisses Jig.
    Page 99 of The Caledonian Pocket Companion, Volume II
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    Bonaparte's Retreat.

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    Daphne. The B part is a killer.
    Play it like you mean it.

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    My latest fiddle tune infatuation is Coal Harbor Bend, after it was posted as the tune of the week over at banjohangout a few weeks ago. I cannot get it out of my head! Traditionally, folks seem to play it with an Em chord (vi) in the B part. But the version by Bigfoot uses a C major (IV), which really gives it a different sound. This is the version I've embraced. And of course, like all the tunes I fall in love with, it is crooked.

    I've been working on it on the fiddle. I've seen at least one mandolin version of it on YouTube (mandolessons, as I recall), but it's the fiddle slurs and unisons that really give it "the sound". Bigfoot uses two fiddles which interact beautifully.

    This is, for me, a "trance tune". I could listen to it 24/7 and just zone out. The album version is below, but a live version from Clifftop 2010 can be heard here.

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    Thanks for the heads up on that tune Mr. Tobin. I was having fun playing along with the Big Foot recording you posted and decided to make a quickie recording playing on my Goldrush just now and here it is. Great tune that grows on you the more you play it.
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    Playing around with Freeman's Hornpipe tonight.
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    Sal's Got Mud Between Her Toes

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    Hi woodwizard, The mp3 link you sent gives me "gibberish." Thanks for trying -- I'd love to hear Freeman's Hornpipe. I searched YouTube and got Fisher's Hornpipe, many links for that one.

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    Recently worked out a Norman and Nancy Blake tune called Blind Dog, originally done on a fiddle and cello, now with two mando's.
    Don't have a full version recorded yet, but here's a slower (and somewhat unpolished) version of what we do now.


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    Very cool -

    I recently got hooked on "Devil Chased Me Around the Stump" from the Rising Fawn String Ensemble album, a lot of fun to play.

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    Uncle Pig
    Roscoe
    Lonesome Blues
    Drunk at Night, Dry in the Morning
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    Re-visiting one that all Norman Blake fans know
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    Quote Originally Posted by stringalong View Post
    Hi woodwizard, The mp3 link you sent gives me "gibberish." Thanks for trying -- I'd love to hear Freeman's Hornpipe. I searched YouTube and got Fisher's Hornpipe, many links for that one.
    Try this
    https://soundcloud.com/mike-parks-7/freemans-hornpipe
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    Baby Ben. It's one of those simple tunes that has three parts, all of which sound the same so it's just impossible to get 'em straight.

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    New one today ... Drunken Billy Goat
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    Working on Dixie Hoedown and revisiting Monkey on a Dogcart.
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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    Played lots of new tunes at the Port Townsend Fiddle tunes festival. Now I have to sit down with the Amazing Slow Downer and learn at least some of them in preparation for the next meeting of our old time community of minds, hearts, and fingers.

    Old Billy Hell
    Pikes Peak
    Cow Crossing the Road
    Mississippi Echoes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Nollman View Post
    Played lots of new tunes at the Port Townsend Fiddle tunes festival. Now I have to sit down with the Amazing Slow Downer and learn at least some of them in preparation for the next meeting of our old time community of minds, hearts, and fingers.

    Old Billy Hell
    Pikes Peak
    Cow Crossing the Road
    Mississippi Echoes.
    I used to play Pike's Peak years ago and have been resuscitating old tunes that I stopped playing. I also picked up Old Billy Hell recently but have to remember how it goes. I will check out the other two — I am not all that familiar with them by name but I also like your taste in tunes, Jim.
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    Thanks Jim,
    Interesting timing on your reply. I spent some time last night with Brian Oberlin, whose amazing repertoire includes some challenging Italian mandolin pieces. He didn't know the tune Sogno di Bimba which you once sent me, so I took the liberty of playing your recording to him.

    The high point of playing with some inspired (and inspiring) old time fiddlers at the Fiddle Tunes Festival the other day, was spending an entire evening playing tunes only in the key of C. Those last three tunes in my list came from that session.
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    My C tunes:
    • Billy in the Low Ground
    • Farewell Tryon
    • Indian Eat the Woodchuck (Salyer)
    • Katydid
    • Leake County Blues
    • Monkey in a Dog Cart
    • New Money
    • Peep O' Day
    • Pikes Peak
    • Rattlesnake Bit the Baby
    • Rocking Chair Jig
    • Rocky Pallet
    • Saturday Night Breakdown
    • Take Me Back to Georgia
    • Texas Gals
    • That's My Rabbit And My Dog Caught It
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