New Tunes, 1/28/2013: Four Versions of Wolves A’ Howlin’

This post marks a bit of a new direction for this site. Previously, I have just transcribed tunes at my discretion, sometimes with a uniting theme, sometimes without. This post is a little different. I have posted four versions of the same tune. The tune in question is Wolves A’ Howlin’, a tune that is thought to have originated in my native Alabama. I have posted versions by the following fiddlers:

  • Earl Collins
  • Ernest Claunch
  • John A. Brown
  • The Stripling Brothers

Of these versions, I like John A. Brown’s the best. It has a really great old time sound, and the first few measures actually sound like howling wolves.

All of these transcriptions are in the Miscellaneous Transcriptions Collection, but I have also grouped them using the new tune groups feature. Click here to go to the Wolves A’ Howlin’ group, or click here to see all the current tune groups.

I plan on doing more updates like this in the future, with multiple versions of a single tune. I already have some more in preparation that I will post later this week. I will not always be doing updates like this; some will be tunes that I have selected at my discretion, and some will be multiple versions of the same tune.

Please let me know if there is a particular tune you would like me to focus on.

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Website Updates, 1/28/2013: Interface and Navigation Improvements

Over the weekend, I made several improvements to the website interface that I hope will make it easier to navigate. In particular, I have made the following changes:

  • Added an Artist field to each tune. Previously, in the Miscellaneous Transcriptions Collection, the artist name was included in the tune’s name field, enclosed in parenthesis. I never really liked this, and it made the tune name field unnecessarily wide. Therefore, I have moved this to a separate field. When browsing for tunes, this will only show up if you are browsing the Miscellaneous Transcriptions collection, or when browsing across multiple collections, such as after clicking View All Tunes or when searching for tunes. When browsing an individual collection, this should not show up.
  • Hid the Date Added and Date Updated fields by default, and provided a check box below the tunes table to toggle between showing and hiding them. With the addition of the Artist field, the tunes tables were getting a little too wide for my taste. I don’t know if anyone besides me uses those date fields, so I have hidden them by default. You can click the check box to show them.
  • Added a Tune Groups feature. This feature allows me to create logical groups of tunes that are somehow related. The groups do not supersede collections; this is just an additional way of organizing tunes to hopefully make them easier to find. For now, I am using them to group different versions of the same tune so that they will be easier to find. Click on Tune Groups in the menu to see the list of groups.
  • Updated the text on the front page. It was out of date, given the direction that this site has taken, so I have updated it and added a section explaining how to navigate the tunes.

I have also added some more tunes, but I will mention those in the next blog post. If you have any trouble with these new features, please let me know so I can fix them.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tune, 1/23/2013: Ruckus Juice and Chittlins (Original and My Arrangement)

I have just posted two versions of Ruckus Juice and Chittlins by the Memphis Jug Band in the Miscellaneous Transcriptions Collection. The first version is the full transcription of the source recording. This is an amazing ragtime tune, and I was enthralled by the fiddling when I first heard it. But I must say that it gave me the hardest time of any tune I’ve ever transcribed. It took me three days to transcribe it, and then I found the result to be nearly unplayable. I mulled it over for a few days, and then decided to rearrange it to make it more accessible. The result is the second version I have posted. The rearrangement is in a lower key which forgoes the ridiculously high notes of the original, has a more well-defined part structure, has a slightly simpler melody line, and has fewer variations. I found my arrangement to be imminently playable and a whole lot of fun. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes, 1/22/2013: Five Rags from the Leake County Revelers and Milton Brown

I apologize for going so long without adding more tunes. Hopefully the new material here, and in the coming days, will make up for it. I have just added five wonderful ragtime tunes, four in the Leake County Revelers Collection and one by Milton Brown and the Musical Brownies in the Miscellaneous Transcriptions Collection.

  • Black and White rag (Milton Brown and the Musical Brownies)
  • Dry Town Blues (Leake County Revelers)
  • Leake County Blues (Leake County Revelers)
  • Lonesome Blues (Leake County Revelers)
  • Thirty-First Street Blues (Leake County Revelers)

I believe that these are the only four rags that the Leake County Revelers recorded, unless I overlooked something. At any rate, I have now transcribed and posted half of their recorded output.

If any of my readers would like more material from Milton Brown and the Musical Brownies, including some of their more swing-oriented material, please let me know. I am willing to transcribe more if there is an interest.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes, 1/5/2013: Nine Waltzes by Melvin Wine

I have just posted nine waltzes in the Melvin Wine Collection:

  • After The Ball (Sweet Bunch of Daisies)
  • Birmingham Jail
  • Get Along Little Doggies
  • Kentucky Waltz
  • Little Dog Waltz (Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?)
  • Melvin’s Waltz
  • Mockingbird Hill
  • Nice Little Widow
  • Tennessee Waltz

I’ve been on a roll transcribing waltzes recently, but I’m thinking about digging into some rags in the near future.

Also, here’s a song I’ve been listening to a lot recently and wanted to share. It’s a Japanese Irish song by Emiko Shiratori called Galway no Sora (Galway Skies), expressing hope mingled with the sadness of leaving Galway. Lyrics, including translation, can be found here.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes 1/3/2013: Five Melvin Wine Tunes

I just posted five more Melvin Wine tunes, ranging from the well-known to the bizarre (monkeys and flagpoles, anyone?).

  • Skip to My Lou
  • Tippy, Get Your Hair Cut
  • When the Monkey Wrapped His Tail Around the Flagpole
  • Wine’s Delight
  • Yellow Rose of Texas

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes, 1/2/2013: Four Waltzes by the Grinnel Giggers

I have just posted four waltzes in the new Grinnel Giggers Collection. The Giggers only recorded eight tracks (in Memphis, TN, in 1930), comprised of four waltzes and four rags. So here are all the waltzes that the Giggers recorded. The first two, Gigger’s Waltz and Gigger’s Waltz #2, are both rather challenging, but Sunset Waltz and Uncle Ned’s Waltz should prove more accessible.

  • Gigger’s Waltz
  • Gigger’s Waltz #2
  • Sunset Waltz
  • Uncle Ned’s Waltz

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes 1/1/2013: 18 Waltzes by the Leake County Revelers

I have been busy over the holidays, and here are the fruits of my labours. I just uploaded 18 waltzes as recorded by the Leake County Revelers. This is all of the waltzes that they recorded. They recorded a total of 44 tracks, and the other 26 are either reels/breakdowns, rags, or songs. I started transcribing these a few days ago, thinking I would doJulia Waltz in honor of my mother-in-law (whose name is Julia), but I got on a roll and just kept going.

  • Beautiful Bells
  • Courtin’ Days Waltz
  • Goodnight Waltz
  • In the Good Old Summertime
  • Julia Waltz
  • Jungle Waltz
  • Magnolia Waltz
  • Memories Waltz (as recorded in 1928)
  • Memories Waltz (as recorded in 1929)
  • Merry Widow Waltz
  • Mississippi Moon Waltz
  • My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
  • My Wild Irish Rose
  • Picture No Artist Can Paint
  • Rockin’ Yodel
  • Sweet Rose of Heaven
  • Wednesday Night Waltz
  • When It’s Springtime in the Rockies

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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