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Fiddle tunes on bass

Discussion in 'Bluegrass [DB]' started by A Spotless Mind, Aug 11, 2013.


  1. A Spotless Mind

    A Spotless Mind

    Aug 18, 2009
    Hey guys,

    Can anyone recommend some good fiddle tunes that wouldn't be too hard to learn on bass? Thanks!
     
  2. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Do you mean the actual fiddle part?

    :confused:
     
  3. Jeremy Darrow

    Jeremy Darrow Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Fishman Transducers, D'Addarrio Strings
    I have a video lesson for Angeline the Baker that is almost ready to go. I'll post a link here when I get it finished up. Many tunes lay well on the bass if you take the time to develop a good fingering. Big Sciota, Forked Deer, St Anne's Reel, Angeline, all work well on the bass, usually in two different octaves. The key is to find positions that allow you to play big chunks of the melody without shifting. Fiddle players rarely shift, if you can minimize the amount of shifting that you do, you can make the melody sound more connected. If you're using the bow, work on those string-crossing slurs. Develop the melody SLOWLY and pay very close attention to your pitch.
     
  4. Jeremy Darrow

    Jeremy Darrow Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Fishman Transducers, D'Addarrio Strings
    I finally got that video edited and posted, here you go:

     
  5. HateyMcAmp

    HateyMcAmp

    Apr 13, 2006
    Colorado
    I studied with Jason for about 6 months, and he's a decently active TB member. Maybe reach out to him for a lesson or some more info, he's a great guy with SERIOUS arco chops who has put a lot of work into that side of it. If you ever make it to NYC, check him out live.

    If you wanna go alone, Angeline the Baker in A is a good place to start, IMHO. I mean, even I can bang it out :help: .
     
  6. Jeremy Darrow

    Jeremy Darrow Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Fishman Transducers, D'Addarrio Strings
    With respect, Angeline is in D and it's perfectly easy to play in that key.
     
  7. cultrvultr

    cultrvultr Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2008
    Oakland, California
    Thanks for doing this Jeremy. I'm ready for Angeline moved up an octave (and with a bow?)

    Would love to see some more closeups on your hands.
     
  8. Though it certainly doesn't hurt to play through tunes in multiple keys! Fiddle tunes are often played in keys that fit the fiddle and banjo well, but there's no reason not to play them in different keys. I can't be bothered to tune my banjo, so I keep it in A-D-A-D-E tuning and have fun making fiddlers play tunes in the "wrong" key!
     
  9. MR PC

    MR PC

    Dec 1, 2007