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Singing and Fiddling: “The Blackest Crow” Part 1: Melody

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SINGING AND FIDDLING: “THE BLACKEST CROW”  
 
SINGING AND FIDDLING: “THE BLACKEST CROW”  
 
Singing and Fiddling: “The Blackest Crow” Part 1: Melody
Singing and Fiddling: “The Blackest Crow” Part 1: Melody
 
The song “The Blackest Crow” has a number of different titles, including “As Time Draws Near” or “The Lover’s Lament.” It was first published in 1906 with lyrics supposedly taken from a Civil War diary. Bruce’s version, in GDGD tuning, is influenced by the singing and playing of Tommy Jarrell. Bruce walks you through the basic melody of “The Blackest Crow,” vocally and on the fiddle, in this video.

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