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    if you could chose your favorite fiddle tune whether you can play it or not what would it be? no matter the genre




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    My favorite for the past two years has been the medley found on (I think a Dirk Powell CD) played by Tim O'Brien: Mountain Air/Washington's March/Bonaparte's Retreat. It's great on fiddle, but I also play it on mandos and hammered dulcimer.

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    My favorite but probably over played is Whiskey Before Breakfast because I have worked out 4 different variations of the tune.

    I like playing Jerusalem Ridge too if there is a good fiddler around.

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    Tom and Jerry. I haven't tackled learning it yet. Soon, soon.
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    Fishers hornpipe. #It doesn't get any better. ##2 is Whiskey before breakfast. Jim, it's overplayed for a reason: it's a rootin-tootin' lotta fun to play!#Least favorite is President Garfield's hornpipe. #Never can get the hang of it.



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    the ones I play most are whiskey before breakfast, and red haired boy, but I don't know many.

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    Salt Creek is fun. Shenandoah Valley Breakdown rocks. Love the simplicity of Back Up and Push and Panhandle Country.

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    We used to open our (5-pc BG band) show with Whisky Before Bkfst, with a mando/fiddle-only harmony duet stuck right in the middle. Way too much fun.
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    I really like Temperance Reel. Big Sciota is another of my favs. I just about forgot, Cattle in the Cane!

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    Well I 2nd Temperance Reel, Wisky B.B.and Lost Indian.

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    I know that it's NOT the right answer ie. a single favourite,but ANY of Bill Monroe's
    twin fiddle tunes really floats my boat. I especially love 'Goldrush' or 'Stoney Lonesome'. My dream is to play in a band with twin fiddles - some hope that i'd find ONE
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    Another one I arranged, though not strictly a fiddle tune, is when I play Red Haired Boy on the lower three strings, a whole fifth below normal. Then I play the "B" part once, then play the "B" part a second time raising it a fifth up to the E strings, which then places the tune in the key of A, and then just start in with Brilliancy. IN effect I make a medley of the two.
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    Whiskey
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    Coo-Coo's Nest, Big Sciota, and Old Dangerfield, although I'm not sure this can be considered a fiddle tune.
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    Some of my favorites:

    Temperence Reel
    Girl I left behind me
    Old Mother Flannigan
    Year of Jubilo
    Cuckoo's Nest
    Flowers of Edinburgh
    Salt Creek
    Hamish the Carpenter
    Whiskey
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    It changes all of the time. Right now I'm really liking "Dixie Hoedown."

    Runner Up:
    "St. Anne's Reel"

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    Just one? Nearly impossible.....I like WBB at roughly 90mph, Old Joe Clark because I know lots of varistions on it, Jerusalem Ridge which I think is Monroe's fiddle masterpiece and Big Sciota both the BG version and the old-time version

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    I'm with Shaun - hard to pick just one and I seem to know a few dozen or so . . .

    I do like to play, "Hawks and Eagles" though.

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    For me it's a tie between Soldiers Joy and Greencastle Hornpipe.
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    Walk Along John to Kansas and Rocky Pallet (that is two).There are a thousand more. Doug in Vermont

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    devil went down to georgia?

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    Any fiddle tune that uses a bVII major chord (like G maj in the key of A maj). I don't know what it is about that chord change but it gives me chills.
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