Five Ragtime Tunes from Doc Roberts

I have just posted five wonderful rags by Doc Roberts:

  • All That I’ve Got’s Done Gone
  • Blue Grass Rag
  • Coal Tipple Blues
  • Cumberland Blues
  • I Don’t Love Nobody

These are incredibly fun tunes, and are worth the effort of mastering them.

I hope you all have a save and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

 

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Five Unrelated Miscellaneous Tunes

Contrary to my usual practice, I have just uploaded five tunes at are absolutely unrelated to each other. I have been sitting on some of these for quite a while, so I decided to just go ahead and upload them. These selections range from hard-core old time (Jawbone), to Ragtime (Red Apple Rag), to Western Swing (Cherokee Maiden). I hope you like them.

  • Arkansas Pullet (Isaac Reaves, Reaves’ White County Ramblers)
  • Cherokee Maiden (Jim Calvert)
  • Jawbone (Gene Goforth)
  • Red Apple Rag (Arthur Smith)
  • Tom Dooley (Gilliam Grayson, Grayson and Whitter)

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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Five Doc Roberts Tunes

I have just posted five more tunes in the Doc Robers collection. These are all rather straightforward reels/breakdowns with multiple variations.

  • Did You Ever See the Devil, Uncle Joe?
  • The Girl I Left Behind Me
  • Hawk’s Got a Chicken
  • I’ve Got a Girl Named Susie
  • Shoot That Turkey Buzzard

If there is any Doc Roberts tune that you would like to see on the site, please contact me and I will go ahead and transcribe it.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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Interface Changes to Tune Display

I have made some minor changes to how tunes are displayed. Previously, links to the different files associated with the tune were all on one line, separated by pipe symbols. I’ve never liked it, and didn’t think that the presentation was very obvious to non-technical people. Not everyone knows what a pdf, midi, or mp3 file is, and frankly no one should absolutely have to know.

So, in the interests of usability, I now display the link to each file on a separate line, accompanied by a large icon showing the file type:

Melody-only transcriptions have a treble clef with two notes: notes
Full transcriptions have a treble clef with two chords: chords
Midi files have a piano keyboard: piano
MP3 files have a fiddle: fiddle

I am not a usability expert, but hopefully this will make the interface a little more intuitive.

As always, I would welcome any feedback.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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Six Tunes from the Waynesboro/Coming Down from Denver Family

I have just posted six tunes from the Waynesboro/Coming Down from Denver family of tunes. It seems to me that this tune family has two branches, Waynesboro and Coming Down from Denver.

From the Waynesboro branch:

  • Waynesburgh (Doc Robers, start with this one!)
  • Waynesboro (John Masters)
  • Waynesboro (Walter McNew)

From the Coming Down from Denver branch:

  • Coming Down from Denver on a Trip to Galway Here and There (Gene Goforth, the best of this branch!)
  • Here and There (Tommy Jackson)
  • Hummingbird Reel (Bartow Riley)

On the Waynesboro side, I highly recommend starting with Doc Roberts’ version, and then picking up variations from other versions (which do have some cool variations). On the Coming Down from Denver side, proceed directly to Gene Goforth’s version and get ready to go into third position!

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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Introducting the Doc Roberts Collection, with Five New Tunes

I have just created the Doc Roberts Collection, and added five new tunes. I have already posted three Doc Roberts transcriptions over the past few months, so I decided to just go ahead and transcribe enough additional tunes to make it worthwhile for him to have his own collection. I just posted the following tunes:

  • Big Eared Mule
  • Deer Walk
  • The Irish Washerwoman (yes, I transcribed a jig!)
  • Martha Campbell
  • Run, Smoke, Run

Also, I am taking requests for this collection. If there is any Doc Roberts tune you would like to see, please contact me and I will transcribe it. A tune list can be found here.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes, 5/5/2013: Three Quicksteps

I have just posted three quicksteps in the Miscellaneous Transcriptions Collection:

  • Avalon Quickstep (aka New Charleston Number 1) (Narmour and Smith)
  • Taylor’s Quickstep (aka Monroe County Quickstep) (Leonard Rutherford)
  • Texas Quickstep (The Red-Headed Fiddlers)

Note that Texas Quickstep‘s A part is basically the same as the A part from the quickstep version of Mississippi Breakdown.

These three tunes are loads of fun, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

 

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New Tunes, 5/4/2013: Seven Versions of Sail Away Ladies/Great Big Taters/etc.

I have just posted seven more versions of Sail Away Ladies. Note that this brings the total number of tunes on DrFiddle.com to over 250! This will be the last Sail Away Ladies post for the time being. We now have 18 versions, which should be more than enough (unless I find more interesting or notable versions). Today we have the following seven tunes:

Sail Away Ladies:

  • Sail Away Ladies (Arthur Smith)
  • Sail Away Ladies (Gene Goforth)
  • Sail Away Ladies (Henry L. Bandy, 1928)

Taters:

  • Big Sweet Tater in the Sandy Land (Lon Jordan)
  • Great Big Taters (Eck Robertson, 1929)
  • Great Big Taters (William Ernest Claunch)

Others:

  • Fever in the South (Vee Latty)

All of these can be find in the Sail Away Ladies tune group.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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