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    • #12365
      Serita
      Participant

      Black and White Rag, Back Up and Push, Billy in the Low Ground, Chief Sitting Bull, Smith’s Reel, Morning Star Waltz

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    • #12367
      Casey Willis
      Keymaster

      Hi there Ssulzman.

      I’ll add these to the request list. I know or have played all but Chief Sitting Bull…Smiths was the first fiddle tune I ever learned, and it’s a great one. I’m not recording right now (working on producing other folks’ lessons) but when I get back in the studio myself, these will be on the list of new tunes from which I choose new lessons. Thx for the suggestions, all!

      C

      • #12378
        Vtfiddle
        Participant

        Hi Casey,
        Really enjoying this site still. I recommend it to every fiddler I meet. I know you have a lot going on with your big move, but I was wondering if maybe in the future you would consider adding a category of Trick &Fancy, or show tunes like Dragging the Bow, bully of the town, OBS, rubber dolly, back up and push, etc.
        Keep up the great work!
        Bill

      • #12381
        Casey Willis
        Keymaster

        That’s a good idea, VTFiddler. I could do Draggin’ the Bow and OBS (sigh) and maybe Back up and Push/Rubber Dolly. I have too many tunes to choose from right now. I can’t wait to get back in the studio, but there’s a lot between now and then for me to get done…

        C

    • #12369
      uncleted
      Participant

      Would not mind seeing Casey or Patti give Amelia’s waltz a go!

      • #12374
        Casey Willis
        Keymaster

        Hi, UncleTed. Just checked that waltz out on YouTube…nice changes, sir. I’ll add it to the list.

    • #12375
      Andrea_S
      Participant

      Tam Lin’s (Glasgow Reel)? Seems like the B part has a few interesting variations.

      I just discovered the harmony videos in Faded Love – awesome! Would love to see Gordon Stobbe / JJ Guy’s “Maligne Canyon” on here as twin fiddle videos.

      Thanks
      Andrea

      • #12376
        Casey Willis
        Keymaster

        Hi, Andrea. Tam Lin has been requested a couple of times…I’ll pitch that to either Hanneke or Kevin for their next session, whenever that may be. I recorded an Americanized version of that tune about 20 years ago on somebody else. It was more of a Contra dance version…At the time, I understood the tune to be called “Tamblin”, but either I misunderstood or it is just a separate version of the tune. The B part of the tune I learned/recorded is definitely a variation on the performance I just checked out on YouTube. Anyhow, I’ll keep it in mind. Fun tune.

        Glad you like the FL harmony stuff. And Gordon and JJ are great players…we’re always keeping our eyes/ears out for new artists to add…

      • #12377
        Andrea_S
        Participant

        Thanks Casey. If Patti is coming back I bet she could teach Tam Lin Reel too, although since it’s Irish (I think), first right of refusal should probably go to Kevin :). According to the Session website, it’s also known as An Glaschú, Ceilidh Funk, Feet Of The Dancer, Glasgow’s, The Gloria Scott, Howling Wind, Indian Points, The Low, The Sneaky Priest, Tam Lin’s, The Tam Lin, Tam Linn, Tam Linn’s, Tam Lyn, Tam Lyn’s, Tam Lynn’s, Tamalinn, Tamblin, The Tamlin, Tamlinn, Tamlins, Tamlyn, Tamlyn’s, Tamlynn’s, Tammlin, Tom Lyn’s!

        Andrea

      • #12379
        Andrea_S
        Participant

        Just reconsidered that – “Glasgow” reel – must be Scottish! 🙂

        Andrea

    • #12479
      fiddlededee
      Participant

      I love the main theme from Poldark by Ann Dudley. I have not been able to find the violin music, so far I just play it by ear. I found some music on Musescore, but it was not created by a violin (if that makes any sense). I would love if any of you virtuosos could create your own masterpiece from this tune and teach us!

      Please and thank you!

      • #12482
        Casey Willis
        Keymaster

        Hi, Fiddlededee. I’ll check that out and add it to the running list to pitch to new instructors. Thx!

        C

    • #12480
      Roland White
      Moderator

      Hi FiddlDeDee,

      Nice fiddle handle you have, and thanks for joining FV and chiming in on the forum. In regards to your questions on warm ups, stretching really helps. If you can start from the fingers first begin there, and move to the wrist, arms, shoulders and neck with some basic stretching moves, even to the point of swinging your arms to get the blood flowing into your upper torso.

      The next set of warm ups are for a focused practice session. I will devote 25% of the practice time to bowing and intonation warm ups. While I’m doing this I will also use Drones to fine tune and warm up my ears. You can expect that some parts of your body will not warm up as fast as others and you may take a few minutes in-between your bowing and intonation exercises to re-stretch fingers, hands or more.

      Based on your comments about your playing level & speed it is a challenging topic. Most fiddlers struggle with the battle for speed over clarity and intonation so you’re not alone. Every fiddler will find there own solutions, however I resonate with the slow practice concept until the muscle memory can advance the speed. This is best achieved with a metronome. Finding the speed to practice where the rhythm and the clarity are good will be your next signal to advance the metronome 2-5 beats while you build new strength to perform at that speed. Eventually you will advance both speed and intonation.

      If you can please post a link on that Podark tune & let us hear it. Keep us posted as to your progress and like all of us here at FV, Fiddle on. Roland Forum Moderator

      • This reply was modified 4 years, 5 months ago by Roland White.
    • #12491
      drkwilson33
      Participant

      Casey, Mississippi Sawyer, Billy in the Low Ground, and the Little Rabbit. I would love to hear how you do those three tunes. Kathy

      • #12496
        Casey Willis
        Keymaster

        Hi, Kathy.

        Good suggestions – I’ll add them to my list, although it may be some time before I’m in the studio again. I know the first two tunes…I’ll have to check out the third.

        C

    • #12657
      dwagner
      Participant

      I learned a version of Jean’s Reel a while back and had to try to figure out the embellishments from listening to it. Natalie MacMaster plays a great version on her album. Would love to clean it up and learn some of the embellishments and variations (like the B – Bflat in part 2/4). Definitely the version I heard has the Scottish / Cape Breton flavor.

      Cheers,

      Doug

      • #12658
        Casey Willis
        Keymaster

        Hi, Doug. Great tune! I checked this version out…

        I’d like to add a Cape Breton fiddle instructor in the future…Natalie, of course, would be amazing, but I’m not sure of her interest level yet. Do you have any other suggestions for great Cape Breton fiddlers to reach out to in the future??

        Good stuff. A tune like this one needs to be taught by a master of the CB bowing style!!

        C

    • #12690
      dwagner
      Participant

      Hi Casey,

      Hanneke has the right groove but if you are looking at rounding out the team with some Cape Bretoners Andrea Beaton and Kimberly Fraser (both have websites) are two I am aware of already in the teaching mode. Certainly Andrea – I took some group workshop lessons – can point you to others. You’ll need the piano track to really make it pop.

      Cheers, Doug

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      • This reply was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by dwagner.
    • #12696
      dwagner
      Participant

      P.S. The variety of styles is one of the reasons I decided to join you here. I’ve been looking for a good version of Whiskey Before Breakfast and yours caught my ear.

      • #12720
        Casey Willis
        Keymaster

        Cool, Doug.

        Glad to hear the good feedback. Lots of great content to come for this site in the near future!!

        Good stuff…fiddle on!

        C

      • #12809
        dwagner
        Participant

        I let Andrea Beaton know I mentioned her as a potential instructor. Cheers.

    • #13848
      Serita
      Participant

      Casey, could you please teach us Clarinet Polka? It seems to be a popular competition tune and it think it sounds super fun to play. I’ve attempted to learn it off of iTunes reccordings, but the shifting and double stops are making it tricky to figure out without a proper tutorial. I would really appreciate it 🙂

      • #13849
        Roland White
        Moderator

        Hi Serita,

        I’ll be glad to pas this on to Casey and I would be surprised if this tune wasn’t on the to do list. Thanks for your suggestion and I’m sure Casey will consider this popular tune for the future, if it’s not already on the list. Thanks for the suggestion. Roland

    • #13857
      Casey Willis
      Keymaster

      Hi, S.

      Hanneke and I were just trying to remember how that tune goes…definitely on the list, although my time is limited to cut new lessons….but on the list! 👍🏻

      C

    • #14657
      daross
      Participant

      I’d like to learn Blue Violet Breakdown (composed by Earl Mitton) and Lord Alexander’s Reel.

    • #14662
      Casey Willis
      Keymaster

      Hi, Daross. I’ll have to check that tune out…do you have a favorite version you could share?

      • #14678
        daross
        Participant

        Someone showed me a video of Ivan Hicks playing it on Facebook. The only version I can find on Youtube is actually a recording of Earl Mitton – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS1dt2tcZPo.

        As far as Lord Alexander’s reel, I really like Patti’s version on her 365 days of Fiddle Tunes.

        Thanks for the reply!

      • #14876
        Casey Willis
        Keymaster

        Hi again, Daross.

        That’s a fun tune…it feels very Canadian to me…I might run that one by Patti for her next session…we’re looking at having her return to the studio later this year to record a bunch more lessons.

        Thx for the heads up!

        C

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