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Train on the Island, Part 1: Vocal Exercise

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SINGING AND FIDDLING: “TRAIN ON THE ISLAND”  
 
SINGING AND FIDDLING: “TRAIN ON THE ISLAND”  
 
Train on the Island, Part 1: Vocal Exercise
Train on the Island, Part 1: Vocal Exercise
 
The first recorded version of the popular old-time song “Train on the Island” comes from J.P. Nestor and Norman Edmonds, and many people have put their own stamp on it since. Bruce talks about the evolution of the song and some of the people he’s been influenced by and then plays his fiddle-and-voice version, which is in GDGD tuning. As Bruce does with all his Singing and Fiddling lessons, he starts by giving you a scale exercise for learning to sing with the fiddle.

  "Train on the Island" (Available to subscribers)
 
  "Train on the Island" (Available to subscribers)
 
 
 
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