We’re having our monthly class this Saturday. Here’s the plan for this month.
FEED HER CANDY
CLINCH MTN. BACKSTEP
DOWN HOME WALTZ
OFF TO CALIFORNIA
(from June Hoedowner)
We met Saturday for the fiddle class. No new tunes this month. We reviewed some of the recent tunes followed by going around the circle with students picking tunes to play.
I can’t make it to Saturday’s class, but here’s what’s happening.
IMC will teach a new tune called Feed Her Candy and Tell Her Lies. She’ll also be reviewing:
GIL’S SCHOTTISCHE (IN G)
CLINCH MOUNTAIN BACKSTEP
I got asked what I meant by swinging eighth notes in class. I’ve notated doing that in a few tunes, such as Huckleberry Rag. To do it you take pairs of eighth notes and play them as if the first was dotted and the second was a sixteenth note.
It can really jazz up certain tunes and in others such as hornpipes it is traditionally how you play them. I have to admit to taking the easy way out on transcribing tunes. I hope this allows you the freedom to swing the tunes as your musicality tells you what a tune needs and not the notes on the page.
There was a great turnout for the class yesterday. We had 24 fiddlers, 1 cellist and 6 wonderful backup musicians. Four of the people were new!
We reviewed Waverly Two-Step, Down Yonder, Johnson Rag, Oregon Fiddlers Waltz, Flop-ear Mule, Rosin the Bow, Cajun Waltz, Huckleberry Rag, and Dry and Dusty.
We also learned a new tune—-Clinch Mountain Backstep.
Here’s the December update I just found in my draft folder. I promise I’ll get busy and transcribe the music for D-Dur Polka in the next day or so!
Tomorrow’s going to be the next class. I was out of town all last month and missed the last class and only got back a couple days ago.
In the last class they reviewed a variation of the song Ringnesen. The instructor also taught D-dur Polka.
Tomorrow, we’re going to learn the song Simple Gifts and Oregon Fiddler’s Waltz by Peter Robinson, who follows this blog from Scotland. These two songs are the Tune of the Month in the December issue of the Oregon Old Time Fiddler’s Hoedowner.
I’ll get busy and make sure these songs are in the Tune List/Sheet Music tab.
After a long break over the summer, the class met last Saturday and we had about twenty people attend (fiddle students and backup). We had a grand time learning new tunes and jamming.
The teacher introduced a Norwegian tune called Ringnesen and Sue brought us the tune Pipe on the Hob. I’ve also added Midnight on the Water to our tune list/sheet music, since it was played during the jam.