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thebetterhalf37
Posted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:22 pm Reply with quote
Raisin' a Ruckus Joined: 14 Jun 2008 Posts: 82 Location: huntsville AL
i play soldiers joy out of standard
sugar hill in "old timey D" ( i call it high bass. cuz the roan mtn hilltoppers do/did)

i play BENTONS DREAM out of standard.
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jkorp
Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:37 pm Reply with quote
Charlie Joined: 22 Feb 2007 Posts: 976 Location: The Right Coast
train wrote:
WE REALLY NEED A FIDDLE SHEET FOR SUGAR HILL!!! PLEASE!!


Sorry it took so long.

Here is how I play ole Sugar Hill:

http://oldcrowfans.com/forum/posting.php?mode=quote&p=56707
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jkorp
Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:03 pm Reply with quote
Charlie Joined: 22 Feb 2007 Posts: 976 Location: The Right Coast
Here is a clip of me playing Sugar Hill for demonstration.

http://www.upload-mp3.com/files/164494_tfdkp/Sugarhill.mp3
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booher07
Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 10:51 am Reply with quote
Lil' Birdie Joined: 26 May 2010 Posts: 4
thebetterhalf37 wrote:
i play soldiers joy out of standard
sugar hill in "old timey D" ( i call it high bass. cuz the roan mtn hilltoppers do/did)

i play BENTONS DREAM out of standard.


Soldier's Joy is definitely more common in standard tuning. I don't know about the "preferred" Wink method, but definitely more common.
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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 5:45 pm Reply with quote
Thousandaire Joined: 21 Apr 2008 Posts: 1007
Thanks for the addition!
The original post now reflects both SJ tabs.

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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:35 pm Reply with quote
Thousandaire Joined: 21 Apr 2008 Posts: 1007
A new tab for "Old Plank Road" has been added. Would it be possible for one of the mods to change the title of this thread to "Fiddle tabs and tunings" to better reflect its content now? Very Happy Thanks!

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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:21 pm Reply with quote
Thousandaire Joined: 21 Apr 2008 Posts: 1007
I added a few more to the first post!

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Kitty
Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:02 am Reply with quote
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You have been busy, Whistle!! Guess longing for the boys to come back online has got us all hankering for their tunes.....
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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:47 pm Reply with quote
Thousandaire Joined: 21 Apr 2008 Posts: 1007
Haha, yeah, this is my way of coping!

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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:01 pm Reply with quote
Thousandaire Joined: 21 Apr 2008 Posts: 1007
Added all the new songs to the original post...

Standard - Genevieve, Half Mile Down, Levi
ADAE -Carry Me Back, Country Gal
AEAE - Bootlegger's Boy, Sewanee Mtn Catfight
Bb-F-Bb-F (Dervish tuning) - We Don't Grow Tobacco

I may be off on a string for one or more of these, I just tried to quickly run through them to see which tuning was easier to play, and my hunches based on the key they're in. I don't know if Ketch has ever used the "Dervish" tuning before, I'm wondering if there was a last-minute decision to bump up the song a half-step (possible for the sake of the vocals). I should go on youtube and see what key they've been playing it in concert.

I also added as many songs from their back-catalogue featuring fiddle that I could find, and labeled them unorganized, so any of you fiddlers take a look through and see if you know the right tunings for those ones and I can get them in their proper space as well.

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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:26 pm Reply with quote
Thousandaire Joined: 21 Apr 2008 Posts: 1007
Alright, so I have finally finished cataloging! Thanks to those that helped. It's possible I was wrong on a few, but for the most part I think it's pretty accurate. I believe I've got all their studio stuff, as well as some live stuff. I'll probably add more live tunes sporadically as I learn them.

What I've learned:

-Standard tuning is far from standard, only the third most commonly used tuning by Ketch after AEAE and ADAE, which comprise the vast majority of the songs.

-Ketch has used a wide number of tunings over the years, a total of 9 different tunings I was able to distinguish. I'm guessing a few of the one-offs are the product of circumstance, where they've decided to change keys shortly before recording (James River Blues, Tobacco, Next Go 'Round).

-"Silver Dagger" is the only song above that does not feature Ketch on fiddle.

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GumboStu
Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:13 pm Reply with quote
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As I may have mentioned before. i Owe you beer.

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dendiggity
Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:05 pm Reply with quote
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Anyone know the fiddle tuning used in this song?
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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:56 am Reply with quote
Thousandaire Joined: 21 Apr 2008 Posts: 1007
Yes?

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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:53 pm Reply with quote
Thousandaire Joined: 21 Apr 2008 Posts: 1007
Been playing around with Johnny Get Your Gun and it's ADAE, not ADAD like I originally thought.
Woo-ee, that's a smokin' one!

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