Old-Time Fiddle Style (eBook + Online Audio)
A Collection of 35 Traditional Appalachian Tunes
Ken Kolodner's book presents transcriptions with detailed bowings in tandem with three recorded versions of 35 Appalachian fiddle tunes ranging from some very common and easy tunes (for more beginning players) but also quite a few less typically played tunes. All transcriptions are based on "festival" versions of the tunes, meaning the versions are those most commonly encountered at jams and festivals. The book includes a clearly written description of old time style focusing on "default" bowing systems des ...more
Product Number:
21992BCDEB
Format:
eBook + Online Audio
Skill Level:
Multiple Levels
Pages:
60
Binding:
eBook
ISBN:
1-6106-5410-2
ISBN13:
978-16106-5410-4
Publisher:
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published:
1/13/2011
Ken Kolodner's book presents transcriptions with detailed bowings in tandem with three recorded versions of 35 Appalachian fiddle tunes ranging from some very common and easy tunes (for more beginning players) but also quite a few less typically played tunes. All transcriptions are based on "festival" versions of the tunes, meaning the versions are those most commonly encountered at jams and festivals. The book includes a clearly written description of old time style focusing on "default" bowing systems designed to develop rhythmic bowing. Ideas presented include Nashville shuffle, 3-1 bowing, bow rocking, ghost bows, anticipations, left-hand ornamentation, drones, chording, dissonances, altered tunings, the concept of swing, tips on learning by ear and more.

The tunes are played three times each for nearly 150 minutes of recording: (1.) very slowly and simply; (2.) at a modest tempo and but with double-stops, drones and other ornaments; and (3.) up-to-tempo. While this effort was designed for fiddlers, the recordings should serve as an excellent source for non-fiddlers at all levels who desire to build their repertoire and practice learning tunes by ear. The book and accompanying MP3 disc are appropriate for any level of player. The difficulty of the tunes ranges from simple to relatively complex. Similarly, the bowing techniques include the simplest ideas to relatively difficult. The three recorded speeds make the learning and processing of the tunes appropriate for all levels of players wishing to improve their ear training.

GÇó Simple and highly accessible transcriptions with detailed bowings of 35 "festival" versions of Appalachian fiddle tunes
GÇó All tunes are recorded three times to accommodate players at all levels of experience
GÇó Includes comprehensive and practical discussion of old-time bowings and style and how to learn by ear
GÇó Strong focus on developing "default" bowings to get the characteristic groove of old-time
GÇó Designed for all levels of players and non-fiddlers who desire to improve their learning by ear and/or increase their repertoire.
Acknowledgements
Introduction: about this book and companion recording
Issues in transcribing fiddle tunes
Old-time style: the importance of bowing in old-time fiddling
Common bowing techniques
Left-hand ornaments, chords, swing, vibrato, dynamics, tunings
Learning tunes by ear
Tune selection
For the new fiddler: difficulty of tunes quick reference
Index of tunes:
Barlow Knife
Big Sciota
Booth Shot Lincoln
Charles Guiteau
Charleston Gals
Chinquapin Hunting
Devil in the Strawstack 
Elk River Blues
Flop Eared Mule 
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
Gray Cat on an Old Tennessee Farm 
Hangman’s Reel 
Hell Among the Stallions
Home with the Girls in the Morning
Journey to the Heartland 
Julianne Johnson 
Little Star 
Liza Jane 
Mike in the Wilderness 
Needle Case 
Puncheon Floor 
Quince Dillon’s High D 
Ragtime Annie 
Richmond
Road Dog 
Roscoe
Sally in the Garden 
Sandy Boys 
Shady Grove 
Shove That Pigs Foot a Little Bit Further in the Fire 
Single Footin’ Horse 
Spotted Pony 
Washington’s March 
West Fork Gals
Whiskey Before Breakfast 
 
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