Five Tunes from Gary Lee Moore

I have just added the following five tunes to the Gary Lee Moore collection:

  • Arthur Smith’s Rag
  • Catlettsburg
  • Forty-Nine Cats in the Rain Barrel
  • Rat Cheese (aka Pike’s Peak)
  • Steeley’s Rag

Most of these are of easy to moderate difficulty, but Steeley’s Rag is quite difficult.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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Introducing the Eck Robertson Collection

Fans of Texas fiddling, rejoice! I have just created the Eck Robertson Collection, with seven new transcriptions of Robertson’s recordings from the 1920s. I had already transcribed one of Robertson’s tunes, Great Big Taters, so it has been moved into this collection as well.

The new transcriptions are:

  • Amarillo Waltz
  • Bill Cheatum (Brilliancy Medley, Part 3)
  • Billy in the Low Ground
  • Billy Wilson (Brilliancy Medley, Part 2)
  • Brilliancy (Brilliancy Medley, Part 1)
  • The Island Unknown
  • Sally Johnson

Hopefully students of Texas fiddling will find these transcriptions helpful. I have certainly enjoyed learning more about the fiddling traditions of my adopted state.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

 

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Two More Versions of Waynesboro

I have just uploaded two more versions of Waynesboro, one from South Carolina fiddler Bo Norris and the other from Texas-style fiddler Gary Lee Moore. I highly recommend Moore’s, but only approach the Norris version if you have a strong stomach.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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Introducing Guest Contributor Gary Lee Moore

I have the pleasure of announcing a new guest contributor on DrFiddle.com: champion fiddler Gary Lee Moore. Originally from Oklahoma, he now resides in Washington state. He plays Texas-style as it should be played: with heart and soul. We are opening the Gary Lee Moore Collection with a transcription of his version of Uncle Pig.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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Five Doc Roberts Tunes

I have just added five tunes to the Doc Roberts Collection:

  • Fisher’s Hornpipe
  • Old Zip Coon
  • Rocky Mountain Goat
  • The Wagoner (78rpm version in C)
  • The Wagoner (medley version in D)

Two of these, Rocky Mountain Goat and Wagoner (in C) were standalone sides. The other three were part of a medley, consisting of Old Zip Coon (in D) followed by Wagoner (in D), then Fisher’s Hornpipe (in G), and ending with a reprise of Old Zip Coon (back in D).

The keys to some of these tunes in the medley are somewhat odd for me. I always play Old Zip Coon in G and Fisher’s Hornpipe in D; Roberts reversed them!

All five of these transcriptions contain interesting arrangements of the tunes in question.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

 

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Some Corrections, and Introducing Guest Contributors

Over the past few days, I have made several small updates. Most of these updates were corrections, including several typos on the main page (thanks to a reader who went over it with a fine-tooth comb for me). I also made two corrections to the Bob Walters Collection:

  • I renamed Burt County Breakdown to Angus Campbell. Walters played both, and may have written Burt County Breakdown based on Angus Campbell. The two tunes are distinct, yet very similar. I had misidentified Walters’ recording of Angus Campbell, which is now corrected.
  • I was recently informed that Woodchopper’s was written by Canadian fiddler Ned Landry. I had originally said that it sounded Irish to me; it is actually Down East Canadian. Many thanks to Landry’s niece who contacted me with that information.

A larger change over the past few days was the introduction of a Guest Contributors section. This section will house collections of tunes from modern fiddlers who have given me permission to transcribe and post their work. I have moved the Bobby Kerns Collection into the Guest Contributors section. At least two more guest contributors will be added in the coming weeks.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

 

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