New Tunes, 11/21/2012: Missouri Valley Quadrilles from the Bob Walters Collection

I just posted six Missouri Valley quadrilles in the Bob Walters Collection:

  • A, E, and D Quadrille
  • Art Wooten’s Quadrille
  • Haste to the Wedding
  • Marching Quadrille
  • Mission Quadrille, The
  • Oyster River Quadrille

So, what the heck is a quadrille? Wikipedia defines it as a traditional dance form, a predecessor of the modern square dance. It was highly formulaic, with a fixed number of parts (5 or 6), and each part had to conform to certain requirements. Only the third (and sometimes the first) part was in 6/8 time. So why did the Missouri Valley fiddlers call their 6/8 tunes quadrilles? The Traditional Tune Archive references R. P. Christeson as saying that “quadrille parts had largely been divorced from the original sets, so that in popular usage in the Midwest a quadrille refers to a single piece in 6/8 tempo.” I guess that’s not a reason, but if that’s the tradition, I’ll roll with it.

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Introducing the Bob Walters Collection, with Eight New Tunes

I have just added the Bob Walters Collection. I had already posted his version of Dusty Miller in the Miscellaneous Transcriptions Collection. I have moved Dusty Miller to the new collection and added eight new tunes:

  • Burt County Breakdown
  • Coming Down from Denver
  • Granny, Will Your Dog Bite?
  • Hell Among the Yearlings
  • Missouri Mud
  • Stone’s Rag
  • Stoney Point
  • Woodchopper’s Reel

This Missouri Valley fiddling is rather different from the Appalachian styles that I’m used to. Whereas the Appalachian fiddlers seemed to shy away from 6/8 time, the Missouri Valley fiddlers played a lot of 6/8 tunes they called Quadrilles (source). I will post several of those later this week, if I have time before the holiday.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes, 11/16/2012: Five Melvin Wine Transcriptions

I just added five transcriptions to the Melvin Wine Collection:

  • Big Fish
  • Chinese Breakdown
  • Cluck Old Hen
  • Hop Up Kitty Puss
  • Pardon My Whiskers While I Kiss You Goodnight

This makes over 50 Melvin Wine transcriptions that I have posted, which I believe makes this the largest publicly available archive of transcriptions of his playing.

I haven’t transcribed any more Wine this week, and probably won’t next week (due to the holiday), but I intend to get back to him the week after that. Meanwhile, look for a whole load of Bob Walters transcriptions next week.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tune, 11/15/2012: Arab Bounce

I just posted another tune to the Miscellaneous Transcriptions Collection: Vernon Derrick’s Arab Bounce. This is different from the rest of my transcriptions in that I transcribed it from his mandolin playing and then arranged it as an old time country rag for fiddle. The full transcription PDF is how he played it on mandolin, and the melody, MIDI, and recording are my arrangement (which follows his very, very closely). I hope you like it, and let me know if you would like to see more stuff like this.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tune, 11/14/2012: Bobby Kern’s Ragtime Annie

I just posted Bobby Kern’s version of Ragtime Annie, and like all of his tunes, it’s top notch. Now there are three versions of Ragtime Annie on this site. Which one do you like best?

Also, I have decided to take a break from transcribing Melvin Wine tunes this week. His fiddling style is so intricate that I find it very taxing to transcribe. Instead, I’ve been transcribing Bob Walters tunes. He’s pretty easy to transcribe, and there are many freely available recordings of him, so I guess I’ll just have to give him his own collection in the near future. And today I transcribed another Bobby Kerns tune, which will probably get posted next week unless I can find time to do some recording in the next few days.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes, 11/8/2012: Melvin Wine Tunes in the AEAC# Tuning

I have just added some Melvin Wine tunes that he played in the AEAC# tuning. One them was also played out of another tuning, so I went ahead and transcribed that version as well.

  • Black Mountain Rag (AEAC#)
  • Rye Whiskey (AEAC#)
  • Rye Whiskey (GDAE)
  • Young Dan Tucker (AEAC#)

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes, 11/7/2012: Five Melvin Wine Tunes

I just added five new Melvin Wine transcriptions:

  • Cindy
  • Dance, Boatmen, Dance
  • Little Girl with the Ragged Dress On
  • Rachel
  • Rainy Day

Take a look and let me know what you think.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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