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Thank You all so very much!
I'm happy to announce the birth of a new photo page. Click here to visit Mary Winchell's "Autumn 2010".
I've composed a "growling" and "snappy" fiddle tune today. The melody line in measures 7 and 8 suggested the title of "That Fair Haired Lass of Mine". Check it out. Here's a link to the page "Fiddliferous": Click here.
On September 30th, 1989, I composed a fiddle tune and named it "The Highlands Fiddler". This morning I found the tune in a pile of old papers and thought I would include it here on my new "Fiddliferous" page under the "Repertoire" heading. There are quite a few original tunes already posted there, so browse on over for a look.
Happy Anniversary! Click here.
Here are a few pics that Mary took at the Eddy's camp yesterday. There are more on the "Pictures" page and at the "Mary's Photos" page.
Here's a fun tune to play that I'll bet would be good for a lively square dance. I composed it this morning and I've been having a blast with it. Give it a try. I'll post it on the theory page where it may be enlarged and printed.
The "Philosophy of Musicianship" page is doing well and I'm receiving interesting and thoughtful emails from readers who appreciate the musings.
I extend my sincere "thanks" to those that have expressed their appreciation.
Today, I composed a fun tune that I have named "The Valley Road Jig". It's in AA BB CC form in the key of D major (The third part modulates to the relative Minor). Give it a try. It's fun to play. I actually play it a bit snappier than written (with staccato bowing), but I left all the fancy accents out for simplicity's sake. You can add cuts and trills where you like. I also play the 3rd part with less staccato bowing (more legato bowing) to emphasize the minor quality.
Scroll down towards the bottom of the Theory Page and look for it. It can be enlarged and printed.
I started banjo picking at the age of 19 when the Warner family lived in "the Little Brown House" in Keene, NY, back in 1969. Those were fun days and nights filled with kitchen hops where many of our musician friends would stop over for a tune and a cup of coffee and some homemade pie or doughnuts. My father loved playing the fiddle and his friends would show up to play often. Mom would accompany on the piano while friends would play accordians, harmonicas, fiddles, guitars and even washtubs and washboards.
It just came to me that it has been forty years since I first took up the five-stringer. What a blast I've had over the years playing the many banjos I've owned. And the friends I've met over the years as a direct cause of the music. Wow! Congratulations, self!!
Well, I went and did it. I actually played my latest composition on stage without benefit of a whole lot of practice..........and it came off really well. Everyone loved it!
My girlfriend, Mary Winchell, makes up new words sometimes and the word "Decipious" struck my fancy. So it followed that my newest fiddle tune should use her new word. So, without further adieu, "The Decipious Fiddler" came into being on the 17th of September, 2010, and was played before a live audience two days later.
Phyllis and Joe, members of The Perkins Family Band really gave me the "thumbs up" on it and asked me not to forget it....at which point I told them "no problem, I have it written down". Then I gave the sheet music to them.
More on this later. Be sure and check out the new photos spread all over this website that Mary has taken recently. They are "Decipious"!!!!!
Scroll towards the bottom of the Theory Page to find an enlargeable and printable sheet music file of this tune.