Ten Melvin Wine Tunes

I have just posted ten tunes to the Mevlin Wine Collection:

  • Angeline The Baker
  • Arkansas Traveler
  • Flop-Eared Mule
  • Footprints in the Snow
  • Jack of All Trades
  • Old Dan Tucker
  • Who’s Going to Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet
  • Yankee Doodle
  • Yew Piney Mountain
  • Yew Piney Mountain (Benny Jarrell Version)

This constitutes the last remaining Melvin Wine tunes in my queue with names beginning with the letters “A” and “Y.” The other five tunes were requested. I am taking requests for Melvin Wine transcriptions; please contact me if there are any Melvin Wine tunes in my transcription queue that you would like to see sooner rather than later.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

 

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Bonus Tune: Japanese Breakdown by the Scottdale String Band

This weekend saw me uploading the last of the Doc Roberts material, completing the Doc Roberts collection. That amounted to nine tunes in total, and as I prefer to upload in batches of five or 10, I decided to transcribe and post a bonus tune that has been on my radar for years. It is another mandolin rag, Japanese Breakdown by the Scottdale String Band. It is my favorite mandolin tune, bar none, and has been for years.

Happy fiddling (or, in this case, mandolin picking)!

Dr. Fiddle

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Five Doc Roberts Mandolin Tunes

I usually confine myself to fiddle tunes, but this time I am uploading five transcriptions of mandolin tunes by Doc Roberts. Four of these are rags, and one is a schottische (the first schottishe I have uploaded). This completes the Doc Roberts Collection.

  • Honeymoon Stomp
  • Mandolin Rag
  • Pickin’ And Playin’
  • Shamrock Schottische
  • Take Those Lips Away

Happy fiddling (or, in this case, mandolin picking)!

Dr. Fiddle

 

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Four Doc Roberts Rags

I have just uploaded four fiddle rags by Doc Roberts:

  • Carroll County Blues
  • Down Yonder
  • Drunken Man’s Dream
  • Way Down South (Whistling Rufus)

These are all excellent rags, but I especially like Carroll County Blues and Drunken Man’s Dream. They can be found in the Doc Roberts Collection. These are the last of the Doc Roberts fiddle tunes.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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Five More Indian-Themed Tunes

I have just posted five more Indian themed tunes:

  • Big Indian Hornpipe (Buddy Thomas)
  • Choctaw (Gary Lee Moore)
  • Indian Creek (Arthur Smith)
  • Indian Girl (Ed Haley)
  • Lost Indian (Eck Robertson)

Of these, I really like Moore’s Choctaw and Haley’s Indian Girl. Indian Girl, in particular is one of those feel-good tunes.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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Five Skillet Lickers Tunes

I have just posted five tunes to the Skillet Lickers Collection. In the list below, the names in parenthesis denote the lead fiddler:

  • Cotton-Eyed Joe (Lowe Stokes)
  • Hell Broke Loose in Georgia (Lowe Stokes)
  • Hen Cackle (Gid Tanner)
  • Ridin’ a Buckin’ Mule Through Cumberland Gap (Gid Tanner)
  • Run, Jimmy, Run (Clayton McMichen)

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

 

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Ten Breakdown Standards from Doc Roberts

In my mind, one of the traits of a great fiddler is the ability to take old, familiar tunes, even those derided as boring or only suitable for beginners, and make something interesting out of them. Doc Roberts certainly had that ability, as shown in this week’s batch of transcriptions:

  • Arkansas Traveler
  • Black-Eyed Susie
  • Buck Creek Gals
  • Chicken Reel
  • Cripple Creek
  • Cumberland Gap
  • Dixie
  • Rye Straw
  • Sally Goodin
  • Turkey in the Straw

All of these can be found in the Doc Roberts Collection. Of these transcriptions, I particularly recommend Dixie (in which Roberts introduced a nice high fiddle part) and Rye Straw, which is just plain cool.

These are the last of the Doc Roberts breakdowns. Only nine more tunes are left from him, including four rags and five mandolin tunes, which I hope to post two weeks from now.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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