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    Ievan Polka. Daughter wants to go out. Mom won't let her. The laddies are in town. She sneaks out.

    Classical quarantine - old school!

    Catchy melody too. So catchy, it's widely used in Anime. To me it reminds me of, "The Muffin Man."

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    Oak Ridge Stomp. My version is mostly from Rhys Jones' fiddle.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmKMf5X5WFE
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    Foxy, Sonny Rollins.
    Play it like you mean it

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    Well not so new but revisited I guess, I strung my Weber Gallatin octave up in "Octave tuning" , I was looking for a double jig to play on it when the book opened up to this tune, which is as good as any to my liking. I obviously model this version after Norman Blake's with Mick Maloney on tenor banjo from the "Nashville Blues" Album


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    Quote Originally Posted by fatt-dad View Post
    Ievan Polka. Daughter wants to go out. Mom won't let her. The laddies are in town. She sneaks out.

    Classical quarantine - old school!

    Catchy melody too. So catchy, it's widely used in Anime. To me it reminds me of, "The Muffin Man."

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    Cool. I love this vocal version of this Finnish folk song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill McCall View Post
    Foxy, Sonny Rollins.
    Nice! I'm working on Miles Davis' All Glues.

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    Big Sciota
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    Lost Girl.

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    Lost Girl - Stripling Brothers definitely on my list.
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    Swallow Tail reel, on the double octave octave, on the front porch, on a Sunday morning

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    "Twin Sisters"
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    Jonah in the Windstorm.
    Half Past Four
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    Jonah in the Windstorm.
    Half Past Four
    Two of my favorites!
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    Yes, Jim Garber, both are standout tunes for me as well. I seem to be focusing a lot of attention lately on the deep wealth of C tunes composed in the basic style of traditional jazz and often heard by jugbands both old and new. Jonah in the windstorm is of the same scalar tradition as Old Cow Crossing the Road, Old Joe, pikes peak, banks of the Kaney, Lynchburg Town to name just a few.

    Half past four I first heard Played by a band mate in the pre-covid days when I was an active member of the Pacific Northwest contra dance scene. I took it up recently, soon after picking up Cherokee Shuffle, both of which I’d put in the bag of melodic tunes usually played bluegrass style but with an old time origin. Like a bluegrass soloist, I tend to deconstruct these melodies via improvising, but with more of a jazz-inspired pallet than the usual bluegrass styling.
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    Jim N: I assume that you are talking about the style of the Jonah tune. Do you play it in C or in the usual D key?
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    I learned it In C from a recording by Henry Barnes. I use the amazing slow downer for learning most tunes. It’s funny you mention The key of D, since it seems way more typical of the world of C tunes. What do you know about the tune? It’s origin? Is it from the 1930s?
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    Most info is here.
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    This is where I learned Jonah in the Windstorm.

    I like the Barnes version. I know lately there are some fiddlers who play everything one step down although I can also see that the tune played in C works pretty nicely on the fretboard.
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    Oddly, the tune I learned reminds me Not so much of old time, but of the henry mancinii compositions from the 1950's. If I ever get to record it, I’ll do it mid-speed with a strong 50s hipster syncopation, maybe even with snapping fingers.

    I have to say the recording in D you sent me sure sounds rough and difficult to pick out the melody. I’m guessing your tune in D is by the composer.

    So often I'll hear a tune by someone with arrangement talents and deep fiddle chops like Brittany Haas record beautiful old time melodies that I just have to learn to play. And then, say a year later,I’ll hear the original field recording and I can’t even tell they are the same tune. It's like apples and oranges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Nollman View Post
    Oddly, the tune I learned reminds me Not so much of old time, but of the henry mancinii compositions from the 1950's. If I ever get to record it, I’ll do it mid-speed with a strong 50s hipster syncopation, maybe even with snapping fingers.

    I have to say the recording in D you sent me sure sounds rough and difficult to pick out the melody. I’m guessing your tune in D is by the composer.

    So often I'll hear a tune by someone with arrangement talents and deep fiddle chops like Brittany Haas record beautiful old time melodies that I just have to learn to play. And then, say a year later,I’ll hear the original field recording and I can’t even tell they are the same tune. It's like apples and oranges.
    Love to hear your Mancini arrangements—maybe with a string orchestra?

    I come from old time fiddling tradition and always like to go to the source, if possible. I love Brittany’s playing but IMHO she has deep violin chops and only a cursive interest in the deeper end of old time music. Again, I would give one of my arms to play 1/20th as good as she, however when I last saw her play she credited Brice Molsky as the source of a very old tune. Bruce knows the original source, of course.

    In the meantime, this is pretty close to the way I play it.

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    I love to hear these kind of homemade old tune recordings, and I especially like the harmonizing and the old time push. These two sound great.

    However, This YouTube in D doesn’t sound much like the first version in D you highlighted For me. If I’d heard this D version two weeks ago I would have been quite happy to learn it. The C tune recording sounds more like this YouTube recording, but more jazzy in its affect. It also sounds chromatic compared to this YouTube's major scale. Now I’m wondering how much the key colors the way it sounds.

    I’m curious if you play this tune on fiddle or mandolin or both. And which of your several mandolins you prefer for old time.

    I play an oval hole BRW when it’s just me and a banjo, or me and a guitar. The oval hole is built for jazz, and has a long Single note sustain that often gets lost with a fiddle because the timbre is much in the same timbral niche as most fiddles. For Performing with a fiddle I prefer my f hole Altman two point that has no tubbiness, and sounds like a throaty F5 across all the strings.
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    I alternate between fiddle and mandolin but usually pick up the mandolin that is closest. These days it is either my snakehead or my Campanella A-5. For the last week or so, I have been heavily into playing fiddle.

    BTW to get back to the topic of this thread...

    Here's one I am obsessively playing. These two folks who live in Scott's town of Lawrence have been the sources of some delightful fiddle tunes.



    Here's another one that I am working on:

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    Yes oh henry is a tune to learn for sure
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    Learned "Swinging on the Gate" yesterday from Mandolessons.com. My favorite recently learned song is "Colored Aristocricy". Learned it off a Youtube video by Carl Jones. Great song. Another recent favorite is "Harvest Home". Great picking practice song with lots of variation. It also has a downhill run that is tricky.
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    Is anyone else working up Norman Blake's New Chance Blues since Dave Benedict put up the tutorial? I tried taking it off the record years ago, but was way too lazy to get very far. David makes it almost easy. Well, relatively. It's a tricky tune.

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