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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 9:50 pm Reply with quote
Thousandaire Joined: 21 Apr 2008 Posts: 1007
Old Crow Medicine Show - Fiddle Songs by Tuning


AEAE (Cross-A)
Alabama High-Test
Beacon Town
Big Sciota <tab>
Blue-Eyed Girl
Boatman's Dance
Boll Weevil
Bootlegger's Boy
Eight Dogs, Eight Banjos
Elzickís Farewell
Evening Sun
Goodbye Booze
Gospel Plow
Granny Does Your Dog Bite
Greasy Coat
Hard to Love <tab>
Hesitation Blues
I Told A Lie to My Heart
John Henry
June Apple
Kitty Clyde [Renfro]
Liza Jane
Lonesome Road Blues
My Bones Gonna Rise Again
Oh My Little Darling
Oh My Love (Tell Her to Come Back Home) <tab>
Policeman
Poor Man
Reubenís Train
Sail Away Ladies
Sewanee Mountain Catfight
Shack #9 <tab>
Short Life of Trouble
Stay All Night
Thatíll be a Better Day
Train on the Island
Wagon Wheel <tab>
The Weight


ADAE (Old-Timey D)
All Night Long <tab>
Blackeyed Susie
Bring Me Back My Blue-Eyed Boy
Carry Me Back <tab>
Country Gal
Cumberland Gap
Darliní Corey
Elkhorn Ridge
Fall on my Knees
Go 'Long Mule
Godís Got It
Hard to Tell
Harley in the Ballroom <tab>
Humdinger
Johnny Get Your Gun <tab>
Let It Alone
Little Birdie
Little Sadie
Motel in Memphis
Raise a Ruckus
Sally Anne <tab>
The Silver Dagger
Soldiers Joy <tab> <ADAD tab>
Sugar Hill <tab>
Susananna Gals
Take Me Back to Renfro Valley
Tennessee Pusher <tab>
Way Down the Old Plank Road <tab>
Wheeling Breakdown


GDAE (Standard)
Ain't No Ash Will Burn
Big Time in the Jungle
Bobcat Tracks
Fancy Nancy
Genevieve
Half Mile Down
Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Offa Me
Levi
Tear it Down
Trials & Troubles
Trouble That I'm In
Union Maid


GDGD (Cross-G)
Kitty Clyde [Wawa]
Old Red


ADAD (Cross-D)
Rub Alcohol Blues


FCGD (Cajun)
James River Blues


Bb-F-Bb-F (Dervish)
We Don't Grow Tobacco


BDGD
Beech Creek Dirge


BEBE
Next Go 'Round


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I know there are already a few fiddle-themed threads kicking around, but I thought it might be a good idea to try and create a comprehensive list of songs and their tunings. I'm always aggravated when I have to keep re-tuning after every other song because I couldn't keep the particular cross-tunings in mind. Hopefully it will be helpful for people who are beginning as well and might not be as adept at knowing which tunings are most convenient for playing. The tunings defer to studio recordings as much as possible, though some are different live, or have only been played live (e.g. Live, "James River Blues" is in standard tuning, rather than the whole-step down Cajun tuning used on "Big Iron World" which the tune is listed under). Pitches are from lowest string to highest. Good luck, and happy fiddling!


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pittsyltucky
Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:10 pm Reply with quote
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What an excellent resource you've started here. Kudos, Whistle...

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jkorp
Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 5:11 am Reply with quote
Charlie Joined: 22 Feb 2007 Posts: 976 Location: The Right Coast
Good stuff.

I play Susannana in Cross-A though and Mule in Cross-D.

Cross-D (ADAD)
Sugar Hill
Soldiers Joy
Cumberland Gap (Tumblin Gap)
Go Long Mule

Cross-A (AEAE)
John Henry
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Makinbacon
Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 7:29 am Reply with quote
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Cross-A (AEAE)
Oh My Little Darling
Liza Jane

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I dont fiddle but I think those are in Cross-A
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jkorp
Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 9:50 am Reply with quote
Charlie Joined: 22 Feb 2007 Posts: 976 Location: The Right Coast
Makinbacon wrote:
Cross-A (AEAE)
Oh My Little Darling
Liza Jane

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I dont fiddle but I think those are in Cross-A


Yes, Liza is for sure. Don't know about Darlin', but if you're guitaring in A than it most likely is.
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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 10:14 am Reply with quote
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Thanks for the additions, guys. I've made the corrections, and noted Jkorp's as the preferred tuning in the cases where we differ. When I have time to fiddle and check them out I'll eliminate my "alternate" (i.e. wrong) tunings completely. As you learn them, add 'em!

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Makinbacon
Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 10:39 am Reply with quote
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great stuff! I'll do my best to contribute.
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jkorp
Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 12:11 pm Reply with quote
Charlie Joined: 22 Feb 2007 Posts: 976 Location: The Right Coast
I don't know if I'm playing in the right tunings or not. Just how I figured them out and what sounded right. In all likelihood, I've got them all wrong, lol. But I've always subscribed to "play it the way you want or can, at least you're playing".
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Makinbacon
Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 1:04 pm Reply with quote
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I agree. I play "The times they are a changin" completely different than Bob does...different chord progression. I think it suites my vocals better.
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thebetterhalf37
Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 7:09 pm Reply with quote
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thanks for these charts!
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jkorp
Posted: Tue May 26, 2009 6:06 am Reply with quote
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Cross A

June Apple
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Posted: Fri May 29, 2009 1:38 pm Reply with quote
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This is just what I have been looking for guys thanks. I just got a fiddle a week ago and am tryin to teach myself how to play. (Tryin be the key word)

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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Fri May 29, 2009 6:07 pm Reply with quote
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Glad to help! Keep it up, it's worth it.

June Apple: added

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Posted: Sun May 31, 2009 4:13 pm Reply with quote
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jkorp...maybe you can come up with a little fiddle sheet for sugar hill??
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jkorp
Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:08 am Reply with quote
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I will put something at the first chance.
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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:29 pm Reply with quote
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Note the addition of several more songs at top. I have the feeling that "Hard to Tell" and "Johnny..." may be played in ADAE but I think it makes more sense to have them in cross-D.

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Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:49 pm Reply with quote
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thanks so much for that. i found it really helpful. of course it's still really hard to switch tunings with my stiff old fiddle...

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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:56 am Reply with quote
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Thanks, Lonesome Road! Glad to help!

And a reminder to everyone, if you've learned any Old Crow tunes that aren't on here, please make a comment so I can add it.

jkorp, appreciate the fiddle tabs ... I'm in the middle of learning Soldier's Joy at the moment. Good stuff.

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jkorp
Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:30 am Reply with quote
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The whistle knows my name wrote:
Thanks, Lonesome Road! Glad to help!

And a reminder to everyone, if you've learned any Old Crow tunes that aren't on here, please make a comment so I can add it.

jkorp, appreciate the fiddle tabs ... I'm in the middle of learning Soldier's Joy at the moment. Good stuff.


Cool. I wanted to tell you I started playing it in Old Timey D (ADAE), seems like it makes it easier to play in terms of finger reach, but makes one of the string transitions harder. I like knowing how to play this in a cross tuning though, because If I'm in A, I can still play it.

When I get some time, I'll try to provide an alternate tab.

Did anyone try that Sally Ann Tab?
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LonesomeRoad
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:09 pm Reply with quote
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lately i've been playing around with Beech Creek Dirge in standard. I'm sure there's probably an easier tuning though.

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jkorp
Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:40 pm Reply with quote
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I've been working on "Bonaparte's Retreat" in Dead Man's tuning

(DDAD)

I really like this, but it's hard as a mofo to get that low G to stay in tune at D.
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LonesomeRoad
Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:49 am Reply with quote
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Makinbacon wrote:
I agree. I play "The times they are a changin" completely different than Bob does...different chord progression. I think it suites my vocals better.


Just curious... what chord progression?

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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:01 pm Reply with quote
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Just wanted to point out that a new tab and a few minor corrections have been added to the original post.
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thebetterhalf37
Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:20 am Reply with quote
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does anyone want me to do a youtube video of breakin up christmas or soldiers joy or something?
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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:46 pm Reply with quote
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thebetterhalf37 wrote:
does anyone want me to do a youtube video of breakin up christmas or soldiers joy or something?


Do Soldier's Joy!
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train
Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:17 pm Reply with quote
Raisin' a Ruckus Joined: 15 Mar 2009 Posts: 116 Location: Cincinnati OH
no.... i say breaking up christmas!! i can listen to that recording by tommy jarrell and fred cockerham everyday. would really like to hear you play it...maybe even a close up vid for me to learn! thasnks.
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train
Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:23 pm Reply with quote
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WE REALLY NEED A FIDDLE SHEET FOR SUGAR HILL!!! PLEASE!!
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Indiana Girl
Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:12 pm Reply with quote
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thebetterhalf37 wrote:
does anyone want me to do a youtube video of breakin up christmas or soldiers joy or something?


Soldier's Joy!! I want to see how someone else does it.

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thebetterhalf37
Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:19 pm Reply with quote
Raisin' a Ruckus Joined: 14 Jun 2008 Posts: 82 Location: huntsville AL
i posted 7 fiddle tunes JUST FOR YOU GUYS.

breaking up christmas
soldiers joy
big scioti
redwing/union maid
greasy coat
john brown's dream
sally ann

my youtube name is thebetterhalf37 (ironic!)
you should be able to find them all there.
i was very bored tonight. this will not be a regular thing haha.
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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:04 pm Reply with quote
Thousandaire Joined: 21 Apr 2008 Posts: 1007
very cool!
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