Alabama Jubilee (Key of C)

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Genre: Bluegrass, Country
Skill Level: Advanced
Key of C

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Video #1: Here is a video of my daughters (ages 11 and 13) jamming on the song. The metronome is to keep them from getting it too fast for me!

Now for the lesson:

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Alabama Jubilee is a song written by George L. Cobb and Jack Yellen. The first known recording was that of comedians Collins & Harlan in 1915. The song is considered an American popular standard. The most popular versions of the song were Red Foley's 1951 version (#3 country, #28 pop) and the 1955 instrumental version by the Ferko String Band, their only charting song, which reached #13 on Cashbox, #14 on the Billboard Jukebox chart, and #20 in the UK.[2] A 1981 instrumental version by Roy Clark won the Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance.
<em>Reference:</em> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabama_Jubilee_(song)" target="_blank">Wikipedia</a>

This is the version of Alabama Jubilee (in the key of A) that I play onstage or in a fast jam. It is pretty difficult! When playing with my brothers, we normally take two consecutive breaks, so the double-shuffle at the end of the first break and beginnning of the first break really helps to tie things together. There is a lot of "up the neck" playing in this break, so work hard to get the intonation right.

You ought to see Deacon Jones when he rattles the bones,
Old Parson Brown foolin' roun' like a clown,
Aunt Jemima who is past eighty-three,
Shoutin', "I'm full o' pep! Watch yo' step, watch yo' step!"
One-legged Joe danced aroun' on his toe,
Threw away his crutch and hollered, "Let 'er go!"
Oh, honey, Hail! Hail! The gang's all here for an Alabama Jubilee.

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  • #5878

    John Cockman
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    Alabama Jubilee

    This has always been one of the most requested tunes at our Fiddle Camp.
    A fun one to sing, too!

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/alabama-jubillee-a-fiddle-lesson/

    #5879

    Solomon Huffman
    Participant

    hey john how do i print this?

    #5880

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Hi Solomon, under the videos, there is a link called “Alabama Jubilee (4 pages, PDF)”. Click that link to open the music. Then you should be able to print it.

    #5881

    Solomon Huffman
    Participant

    ok thank you

    #12816
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW !!!! I am so jealous,how they say, what a trio, dad ! yeeeeeeehaw, Im saying……This is my next one after Puff !
    Got to show my daughters …
    So cooooool… :O) cheers
    Gu

    #12832

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Gu, I think it would be great to see your crew involved in the music somehow. My dad had five kids, and that was just about right for a band! The girls and I have been practicing some Christmas music, which we plan to post in the Lion’s Den soon.

    This is a killer song, and it deserves a better lesson. I hope to go back and remix and update all of these older lessons.

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