What fiddle tune are you learning on right now?

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    • #27406
      Casey Willis
      Keymaster

      Feel free to share what tune you’re currently learning in this thread…I’ll start…

      Father Kelly’s Reel (learning from Kevin’s lesson)
      The Thames Hornpipe (Niall’s Lesson)
      Golden Fiddle Waltz (Randy Howard)

    • #27411
      Lightningie
      Participant

      I’m currently learning Maid Behind the Bar, memorizing the notes. Can’t wait till I can slowly speed it up… 🙂 Also working on Beaulieu from Andre’s lessons. One of my favorites.

    • #27413
      Maritzamb
      Participant

      Le Jig à Ti-Toine (Hanneke Cassel)! Paired with Cypress Jig. I love them!

    • #27414
      NiTeLight
      Participant

      Dipping my toe into Quebecois music for the first time! I’m starting with a somewhat familiar one (Valse du Chef du Gare, which I’d actually heard Andre play on a CD) and hoping to work my way up to Beaulieu Reel and La Gigue de Terre Bonne. I’m also going back through a lot of Hanneke’s stuff and practicing the ornamentation now I have the notes down. 😛

    • #27416
      Casey Willis
      Keymaster

      Very cool…so many tunes and so little time!!

      I’m also considering trying out the foot tapping thing as well as working through Niall’s chopping series…those are two things I’ve never tried and think would be cool to add to my bag of tricks…

    • #27417
      Lightningie
      Participant

      Casey, you will learn foot tapping and not regret. It was the very first thing I remember learning from Andre a couple years ago. I now find myself doing it without thinking when I play fiddle or listening to fiddle tunes, haha. And yeah I know what you mean about how many tunes there are 🙂

    • #27421
      thistle13
      Participant

      Martin Wynne (Kevin Burke video) – love it!

    • #27884
      Aysha Hoffman
      Participant

      I’m a touch obsessed with the foot tapping too – but totally not getting it yet! I’m hoping it just happens with tons of practice.

      So I’m working through The King of the Fairies
      and Hommage à Philippe Bruneau

    • #27887
      Casey Willis
      Keymaster

      Good tunes, all!

      I’m now working on Road to Spencer, Swinging on a Gate, Duke and Cookie, and Macedonia (mando).

    • #27888
      mabish
      Participant

      The Road to Errogie, B maj, 3rd position, 4th finger slurs, hilarious.

      • #27890
        Casey Willis
        Keymaster

        Agreed, Mabish. That one scares me!!

    • #27976
      thistle13
      Participant

      Garrett Barry’s Jig ~
      So many interesting variations. Some settings start with a little scale going up vs Kevins’ version. I think I’ll use both interchangeably!
      I think it’s F SHARP in measure 5, from what I hear from various players…not marked on sheet music, but it sure sounds like people play F#. Some of the tin whistle/pipe players really take off on this song, I like it slower on fiddle.

      J&J Waltz-
      beautiful waltz, love its fiddle #2 harmony part. Now if I can just find somebody to play it with me!
      The guitar backing track cuts off a bit early…not sure if I’m just doing the music wrong.

      re Foot Tapping:
      In orchestra and chamber ensembles, was trained never to tap my foot, only wiggle my toe inside my shoe! Will I ever be able to let loose and stomp around like a fiddler? 🙂

    • #28076
      Mark Llewellyn
      Participant

      I signed up today, July 5th, 2021. I consider myself an intermediate fiddlers playing tuned mostly from Fake Books. I want to go the next level. I tried contest fiddling in the past and enjoyed what can be done. Megan Lynch Chowning is one of my favorite fiddlers. So, I want to know how to begin here. Should I started at the first tune or pick the first from each teacher. I like the Texas Style contest tunes, but due to injuries, I’m not sure I’ll able to go to contests again, but I want to have fun and enjoyment here at home. Most of my neighbors enjoy my fiddling, but my next door neighbor hates my fiddling and is quick to ask (tell) me to shut up. So, I practice in my garage. I know my repetition gets on my wife’s nerves sometimes, but she is quick to ask me to play a tune when someone comes over. I also have many albums and tapes from Natalie MacMaster and Leahy, Mark O’Connor and or course Megan. So how to start here? I started Beaumont Rag today. I like Casey’s style of teaching so here we go.

      • #28159
        Casey Willis
        Keymaster

        Welcome, Mark. If you’re fiddling enough to annoy the neighbors, you’re doing something right! I see you’ve already picked a tune to start on, and I’d just encourage you to listen to the various performances and find those which feel a good match for your playing level and your stylistic leanings. Best of luck on Beaumont Rag, sir!

        C

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