Amarillo by Morning

This is an online fiddle lesson for the Buddy Spicher fiddle breaks on George Strait's "Amarillo by Morning."

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Genre: Country
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Key of D to E

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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing the country song "Amarillo by Morning." I mention Gene Elders, who plays these breaks in live concerts, but the recording features Buddy Spicher.

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Amarillo by Morning- Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Amarillo by Morning- Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Amarillo by Morning- Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Amarillo by Morning- Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

 

"Amarillo by Morning" is a country music song written by Terry Stafford and Paul Fraser, and recorded by Stafford in 1973. Several cover versions have since been made, including a major 1983 hit for George Strait.  The fiddle player on George Strait's recording was Buddy Spicher.

Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.

source: Wikipedia

Amarillo by Morning

Amarillo by morning, up from San Antone.
Everything that I've got is just what I've got on.
When that sun is high in that Texas sky
I'll be bucking at the county fair.
Amarillo by morning, Amarillo I'll be there.

They took my saddle in Houston, broke my leg in Santa Fe.
Lost my wife and a girlfriend somewhere along the way.
Well I'll be looking for eight when they pull that gate,
And I'm hoping that judge ain't blind.
Amarillo by morning, Amarillo's on my mind.

Amarillo by morning, up from San Antone.
Everything that I've got is just what I've got on.
I ain't got a dime, but what I got is mine.
I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free.
Amarillo by morning, Amarillo's where I'll be.
Amarillo by morning, Amarillo's where I'll be.
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This topic contains 16 replies, has 8 voices, and was last updated by  Kristn54321 2 months ago.

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  • #34916

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    This song has been requested so often.  I’m glad to finally have a lesson for the George Strait version, with the Gene Elders’ fiddle breaks.

    Amarillo by Morning

    #34921
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Beautiful!

    #34945

    Angela
    Participant

    oh John!!!  wonderful.  I really love Gene Elder’s fiddling and you have done a great job at playing his break.  This is so helpful to think about the backup and see how you fit that in.   Thank you, thank you!!

     

    #34958

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks! Gene Elders is an awesome fiddler. I wish I could play that smooth!

    #34980
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Nice, John!  Always amazed at how comfortable you seem in any style you play!

    #34981

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I’m a Jack of all trades, but master of none!

    #35533
    Great Scott
    Great Scott
    Moderator

    So laid back…  like a sweet Texas Summer morning.  Great vocals and presentation that carry the emotion of the piece.   Great fiddlin’ too!

    Loved it!    🙂

    #35570

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks Scott! Loving me some George Strait right now.

    #36097

    jbeyl1
    Member

    I had working on that tune and was surprised at how accurate my transcription was for the intro and outro.  I’m just learning some ways to get out of first position so that was a big help on a few of the parts.  Thanks!

    #36105

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Fantastic! Transcribing tunes is a real learning experience, plus it helps you remember it so much better.

    #36182

    Kristn54321
    Participant

    I love this version and you have done a great job with it! Singing and playing…

    I am unable to get the sheet music (not tabs) for the intermediate.

    I get a PDF error.

    Can you help please?

    Thanks, Kris

    #36194

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I have checked all the links and they should be working now.  Try again and let me know if you still have a problem.

    #52560

    Denise Soule
    Participant

    I can’t get the video portions to work.  The MP3 and the tabs came through fine.  Any suggestions

    #52611

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Hi Denise, you may want to try updating the Macromedia Flash on your computer. Or, try updating your web browser. The videos are hosted on Vimeo, and sometimes they require a recent version of either.

    #52846

    Kristn54321
    Participant

    Question..is Buddy Spicher the fiddle player on the Youtube:

    George Strait – Amarillo by Morning  (Live at the Astrodome)??

    #52847

    Angela
    Participant

    I’m pretty sure his fiddle player’s name is Gene Elders

    #52861

    Kristn54321
    Participant

    Oh, now I see John’s comment above, “I mention Gene Elders, who plays these breaks in live concerts, but the recording features Buddy Spicher.”

     

     

     

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