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“Yell in the Shoats” and Singing and Fiddling (“The Bird’s Song”)

This lesson is part of the course Old-Time Fiddle Styles with Bruce Molsky.
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Learn a variety of old-time fiddle tunes in different regional styles from great players of the past. Bruce teaches a variety of classic tunes, with advice about bowing, double stops, ornamentation, and ideas for more listening and learning.
 
 
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Session 3: “Yell in the Shoats” and Singing and Fiddling (“The Bird’s Song”)  
 
Session 3: “Yell in the Shoats” and Singing and Fiddling (“The Bird’s Song”)  
 
“Yell in the Shoats” and Singing and Fiddling (“The Bird’s Song”)
“Yell in the Shoats” and Singing and Fiddling (“The Bird’s Song”)
 

For the third session, Bruce moves on to a couple of new things: playing in a cross-tuning (DDAD) and singing and fiddling.  

 

Bruce starts by demonstrating a few cross tunings and ends with DDAD, commonly called “Bonaparte’s Retreat” tuning. “Yell in the Shoats” is from fiddler Cecil Seeley of Toledo, Illinois, and was collected by the great fiddler Garry Harrison. 

 

“The Bird’s Song” is the workshop’s first foray into singing and fiddling (yes, at the same time!). Bruce takes you through some simple exercises to get your hands and voice working together, and then suggests a couple of ways of accompanying “The Bird’s Song,” a straightforward and pretty little song from Virgil Sandage of southern Indiana, recorded by Art Rosenbaum in 1963. Art’s collection “The Art of Field Recording” is one of Bruce’s go-to’s for some really soulful and unusual fiddle tunes, gospel, ballads, and blues recordings.

 


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