New Tunes, 10/30/2012: Needle Case and a Better Version of Chinese Breakdown

I uploaded two more tunes this morning, one from my personal collection and one in the Miscellaneous Transcriptions collection.

  • Needle Case (Austin Rogers)
  • Chinese Breakdown (Bobby Kerns)

This version of Chinese Breakdown is a real butt-kicker! It’s so much better than the version I posted from my collection. It includes a YouTube video, so give it a listen before attempting.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes 10/29/2012: Waltzes from Melvin Wine and Others

Let’s start the new week off with four waltzes. Three of them are from Melvin Wine:

  • Down by the Old Garden Gate
  • The Land Where We’ll Never Grow Old
  • Old Rusty Mill

The fourth waltz is in the Miscellaneous Transcriptions collection. One could argue that it’s really Western Swing, but read the writeup on the tune’s page to see my reasoning for including it. This waltz is an interesting window into the history of Texas.

  • Beautiful Texas (Milton Brown and the Musical Brownies)

I’ll be posting several more tunes in the coming days.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes, 10/24/2012: Finishing My Collection, and Introducing a New Collection

Well, I’ve uploaded the last tune from my personal collection. This is the last one unless I remember some more tunes.

  • Old Dan Tucker

Also, I’ve added a new collection: Miscellaneous Transcriptions. This is a collection of onesie-twosies from various sources. If I wind up transcribing 10 or more tunes from any one fiddler, I will transfer his transcriptions into his own collection. I’m starting the Miscellaneous Transcriptions collection off with two tunes from the Walter Family:

  • Shaker Ben
  • That’s My Rabbit, My Dog Caught It

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes, 10/22/2012: Melvin Wine Monday, and 100 Tune Milestone!

Good Monday morning, all you fiddlers. I have uploaded five more Melvin Wine tunes this morning. This brings the total number of tunes on DrFiddle.com up to 100! I hope this is just the start! Here are today’s new tunes:

  • Black Cat in a Briar Patch
  • Calhoun Swing
  • Christmas Morning
  • Going Down to Georgia-O
  • Jump Jim Crow

All five of these tunes come from Melvin Wine’s <i>Cold Frosty Morning</i> album.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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What to Transcribe Next?

I have added a Transcription Queue page that shows what tunes I have in the oven at any given time. Currently, I have eight transcriptions ready that just need recordings. I hope to do these recordings over the weekend. But the weather is so nice here I may spend most of the weekend outside!

As you can see from the queue, I intend to start a Miscellaneous Transcriptions collection in the near future. These will be transcriptions of fiddlers of whom I only have (or intend to transcribe) a few tunes. If the number of tunes from a given fiddler exceeds a certain threshold (maybe 10?), I will spin that off into another collection.

If you see any tune in the queue that you’d like transcribed sooner, please let me know and I’ll prioritize it. Right now, I am prioritizing the Melvin Wine transcriptions, and doing the Misc transcriptions as time permits.

Also, if you have or can point me to more tunes to transcribe, please let me know. There is an overwhelming amount of material out there, on Youtube, in old recordings, etc., that it’s hard to know where to start. I’d like to get a sense of what my readers want to see.

I also have a few other projects in the pipeline that will hopefully be coming along in the next few weeks.

Have a great weekend, and enjoy the fall weather if you can!

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes, 10/17/2012: Three Tunes from my Personal Collection

I have added three more tunes from my personal collection:

  • Cherokee Shuffle (the crooked version)
  • Off To California
  • Scotland The Brave

This almost completes my personal collection. I have one more tune that I need to notate and record, and I think that will be it. So the focus from here on out will be transcriptions.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes, 10/16/2012: Tunes from my Personal Collection

I have added five more tunes from my personal collection. Four are reels or breakdowns, and one is a rag.

  • Banjo Tramp
  • Chinese Breakdown
  • Flop Eared Mule
  • Louisiana Fairytale (rag)
  • Mississippi Sawyer

I just have a few more from my personal collection. I also have some more Melvin Wine tunes that I have transcribed and just need to record before posting. After that, I’ll be transcribing more Wine and other fiddlers.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Melvin Wine Tune, 10/15/2012: Lay Down with the Chiggers and the Fleas

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I have added my latest Melvin Wine Transcription:

  • Lay Down with the Chiggers and the Fleas

This tune certainly has an unappealing name, but it really is a nice little tune. I am working steadily on transcribing more Melvin Wine tunes, and still have several more tunes from my personal collection to post.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes, 10/11/2012: Two New Melvin Wine Transcriptions

I found time this week to transcribe two Melvin Wine tunes, and have uploaded them for your fiddling pleasure.

  • Don’t Love Nobody
  • Gay Spanish Maid

Don’t Love Nobody is the first tune on which I tried to pay close attention to Melvin Wine’s bowing. I identified two, possibly three, passages of Georgia Shuffle, which I have marked in the transcription. Let me know what you think of how I’ve marked it.

My recordings of these tunes also represent two departures for me. I had to spend a lot of time with the metronome to get the syncopation right on Don’t Love Nobody, plus used the still-relatively-new-to-me Georgia Shuffle bowing pattern. For Gay Spanish Maid, that was the first time I ever played in GDAD. Yes, I know it’s a very traditional alternate tuning, but I’ve always contented myself with GDAE and the occasional cross-tuning. I rather liked GDAD, and may experiment with it some more in the future.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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