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bobstar
Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 2:35 pm Reply with quote
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Rhinosox wrote:
I dont care exactly where Johnson City is....thats my FAVORITE part of the song, I SCREAM it out every time. At The Ryman show that I saw them at EVERYONE screamed it, it was Awesome. But I can understand why people debate it. Do people in Johnson City "appreciate " being included in the song? Should I visit?


Hell yeah, whenever I play it, it's 'Johnson City, Tenneseeeeeeee', giving it a nice four beats of lingering 'eeee' that set up the intensity of 'well I GOTTA get a move on'. Heard and played the song a thousand times and could easily go for a thousand more.
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Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:18 pm Reply with quote
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Sorry guys, had to take this down

/ = slide up
\ = slide down
_ = flat note; for instance, "2" on the A string is a C, while "2" is a C#

Note that this is for a fiddle in AEAE tuning, not standard tuning. I wasn't really sure on the proper way of notating in a few places, particularly the change in hand position. Hopefully there aren't too many mistakes. Or liberties, as I like to call them. Very Happy Scroll down further for the sheet music (which might be helpful for those wanting to learn the song in standard tuning rather than the recommended cross-tuning).

Check out my band's version of Wagon Wheel with me on fiddle on Youtube! I also have a video of me playing the fiddle parts here.

Visit this thread for tabs to some other Old Crow fiddle tunes.


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Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:40 pm Reply with quote
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HOT SH!T! I MEAN STUFF! I gotta give this a try soon. I'll tell you how it goes for me.

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Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:01 pm Reply with quote
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Cornfed, let me know how it goes. I made some improvements so it's a little more accurate now.

This song's the reason I picked up the fiddle and I remember looking everywhere on the internet for a fiddle tab and being pretty surprised not to find one, considering its popularity. I understand it goes against the folk tradition of learning by ear but if it encourages someone I think tabs are a great tool.

Anyway, the hardest part of the song for me is the bowing. I'm still a bit shaky. I was thinking of adding bowing marks but maybe that's a bit much.

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GumboStu
Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 5:09 am Reply with quote
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I just realised i can use this on the mandolin! Cool

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jkorp
Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:26 am Reply with quote
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Yes and no Stu. You have to realize that by "1", it's meant the seond fret or natrual position for the 1st finger in 1st position. "2" means 2nd finger on the 4th fret, "3" 3rd finger on the 5th fret. Read the notes on my Soldiers Joy tab to see how this works.
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Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:05 am Reply with quote
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This is in cross tuning too.

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GumboStu
Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:16 am Reply with quote
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Gotcha - it doesn't sound right Very Happy (and I'm not going to restring my mandolin Laughing )

here's the link to jkorp's post in the Soldiers Joy thread

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jkorp
Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:57 am Reply with quote
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You may want to give that a try Stu. I was cross tuning my mandolin before I finally got my fiddle, and it was pretty fun.
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Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:56 pm Reply with quote
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doesn't refer to lyrics - but an interesting (if old) article from the Kansas City Pitch.
http://www.pitch.com/2006-11-16/music/caws-n-effect/

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newfan
Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:36 pm Reply with quote
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Just watched a gal from Tennessee get the green flag for Hollywood on Am Idol. Her audition song "Wagon Wheel" by OCMS!!!!!!!!! I nearley peed myself!

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Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:38 pm Reply with quote
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There was a blog I read a couple years ago tracing the origins of Wagon Wheel beyond Dylan, maybe a generation or two. It also explored the development of the lyrics from what might have made more immediate sense. I can't find that blog now. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Or could they provide those original sources?
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GumboStu
Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:15 pm Reply with quote
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There's an Arthur Crudup song that i think Dylan has played on his theme time radio called Rock Me Mama, that gets cited (perhaps even by Dylan) but those three words are pretty much the whole connection

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tigerfiddler
Posted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:48 am Reply with quote
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hey whistle what happened to you tabs man i was in the middle of learning them
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The whistle knows my name
Posted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:58 am Reply with quote
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Whoops. There we go.
I've been re-organizing my documents online and those ones ended up somewhere else.
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tigerfiddler
Posted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:45 pm Reply with quote
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thanks man i having some trouble with this song
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tigerfiddler
Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:05 am Reply with quote
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hey whistle i got wagon wheel down it was hard thats the first song i learned how to play it was actually the main reason for me playing the fiddle and i was wondering by any chance if you have the tabs for uncle pen
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Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:41 pm Reply with quote
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GumboStu wrote:
I just realised i can use this on the mandolin! Cool


GumboStu, it looks like someone took the trouble of adapting my fiddle tab for the mandolin here. This would also be useful for anyone wanting to learn the fiddle part through standard musical notation as well (although rhythmically it's incorrect). Still gotta tune that mandolin to AEAE though. Confused

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GumboStu
Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:52 pm Reply with quote
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i don't think that works with my pdf viewer. is there meant to be lots of capital 'B's where the notes go?

cross tuning could be pretty coolif i ever find another super-cheap mandolin .....

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southernjay
Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:14 am Reply with quote
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Hi there,

Just found your tab with the cross tuning for Wagon Wheels, thanks for going to the effort!

Not sure what it'll be like for me to play on a cross tuned violin...I'm a fiddling noob, come from a classical background, but a group of friends want to play this and asked me to join them. Am excited!
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therodge
Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:17 am Reply with quote
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Violin?! Watts 'at??!!

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Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:47 pm Reply with quote
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southernjay wrote:
Hi there,

Just found your tab with the cross tuning for Wagon Wheels, thanks for going to the effort!

Not sure what it'll be like for me to play on a cross tuned violin...I'm a fiddling noob, come from a classical background, but a group of friends want to play this and asked me to join them. Am excited!


Hope it helps! Let me know how it goes.

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jkorp
Posted: Tue May 17, 2011 12:54 pm Reply with quote
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Stu, I used to cross tune my mandolin before I started fiddlin' Lot of fun, but even worse than retuning a fiddle to change keys, lol.

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Chigger
Posted: Wed May 18, 2011 8:22 pm Reply with quote
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I was drivin' down the road today, listening to the Jon Boy & Billy show on the radio, when they ended one of their skits with a recitation of some of the Wagon Wheel lyrics. Wha? (I hadn't been payin' much attention.) Jon Boy says "That makes me wanna hear some Old Crow Medicine Show! Ya'll wait, I'll go to the truck & get it!" Anyway, he comes back after the normal break and they proceed to play Wagon Wheel right there on the show, all of 'em singin' along there at the end... Pretty neat. Especially considering the JB&B show carrier around here is a classic rock station.

W.W. beat the tar out of hearin' "You Shook Me All Night Long" again. Laughing

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Impedo
Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:45 pm Reply with quote
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I put together some sheet music for Ketch's fiddle parts.

If you send me a message with Wagon Wheel in the title, I'll send you back a pdf and/or Noteworthy file...


Btw, I play this in standard tuning with no trouble - great double stop practice!


ok, keep on!!
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Chigger
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Welcome to da Murder!

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Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:06 pm Reply with quote
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You should be able to listen to it here

12/8 seems like a weird time signature, but it's an effective way of capturing that "4/4 with a triplet rhythm" that the fiddle uses. It could also be written in 4/4, but I don't know how to tell the program to play it with a swing feel in that time signature, thus 12/8.

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Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:24 pm Reply with quote
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A Nice Long Spoke

Blog post that goes into the origins of WW a little bit, with some files of more recent covers too.

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jkorp
Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:27 am Reply with quote
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This may be the best cover I've heard.... surely better than the Canadian boy band or Jeremy McDouche's version.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrrZI-dDurw&feature=related

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Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:37 am Reply with quote
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nice one, jkorp Cool

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