Ashokan Farewell

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Ashokan Farewell" by Jay Ungar.

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Genre: Bluegrass, Old Time
Skill Level: Beginner
Key of D

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "Ashokan Farewell" at 90 BPM. I play it three times, adding a harmony with each repeat. This is going to be the song for our May 2015 "Spring Waltz." Plug in your earphones and send in a video yourself playing along with me! If you don't want to hear me when you play, use the 90 bpm MP3 Jam Track below instead. Just make sure that all we hear is your fiddle! We shouldn't hear me fiddling, or the backing track. I will mix all the videos together to make something wonderful. For more information, here is our discussion page for the compilation.

Ashokan Farewell - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Ashokan Farewell - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Ashokan Farewell - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

"Ashokan Farewell" was composed by Jay Ungar in 1982. It has served as a goodnight or farewell waltz at the annual Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camps, run by the composer and his wife (Molly Mason, who gave the tune its name) at the lakefront campus (near Ashokan Reservoir) of the State University of New York at New Paltz. The tune was later used as the title theme of the 1990 PBS television miniseries The Civil War, by Ken Burns, as well as the 1991 compilation album Songs of the Civil War. (wikipedia)

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  • #6322
    Avatarfiddle camp
    Participant

    Thanks John. I’ve been hoping you would do this one. I worked up the courage to play Lover’s Waltz last night at band practice for the first time, and it went pretty well. I think I’m making some progress on achieving better right and left hand form, but it’s slow. I’ll try to upload another video soon, so you can keep me pointed in the right direction. Thanks again, and a Blessed Easter to all!

    #6323
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Fantastic! Happy Easter to you.

    #6324
    Avatarfiddle camp
    Participant

    wow j0hn you make it look sooooo easy lol

    im playing with the fret board you sent me. things have improved but im not ready to post a video yet. hopefully by sept
    ill keep you posted.
    all the best to you
    and ur family

    #6325
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    I’m looking forward to it! John

    #7820
    Avatarfiddle camp
    Participant

    Hi John!

    By any chance, have you transcribed the notes for the second part, with “ornaments”?

    Cheers, and thanks again for this GREAT website!

    Spacefolder

    #7844
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    I haven’t done that! I really need to though. And, I should also transcribe a harmony part. I am going to start doing that, especially with my gospel tunes.

    #7949
    Avatarfiddle camp
    Participant

    Thank you John. Keep up the great work!
    Cheers

    Marc

    #7951
    peggyspeggys
    Participant

    I’m afraid that to stay on those lovely high notes, without sounding like I’ve stepped on my cat, I would need to have one of those handy dandy fingerboard markers…where might that be acquired John?

    #7954
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Hi Peggy, you are referring to the handy-dandy “Don’t Fret” sticker, created by Phil Coonce, who is also a member here at BluegrassDaddy.com! Here is the link to the Amazon page where you can purchase one.

    Don’t Fret Sticker at Amazon.com

    Phil Coonce

    #9363
    Avatarfiddle camp
    Participant

    John I second That…….

    [quote=7820]Hi John![/quote]

    #9365
    Avatarfiddle camp
    Participant

    Hey John hows the second part Tab coming?

    #21089
    Avatarfiddle camp
    Participant

    When I grow up, I wanna play like Jay Ungar 🙂

     

    #21093
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Isn’t he awesome! When I grow up, I want to COMPOSE like Jay Ungar 🙂

    #21947
    AvatarKennedy Family
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    Great Job! Keep up the GOOD Work!!!!

    #21949
    AvatarKennedy Family
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    !!!Krow DOOG eht pu Peek !Bog Taerg!

    meaning:

    Great Job! Keep up the GOOD Work!!!

    #21973
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Thank you, Kennedys! I am looking forward to having you on the Ashokan Farewell compilation!

    #23959
    RockRock
    Participant

    John, triplets why didn’t you tell us? No truly that was beautiful! 🙂 I don’t know how I missed this one. I’m going to learn this one for sure! 🙂

    #26373
    rodgerrodger
    Participant

    John,  At first I missed seeing the harmony part 1 & 2. Got it now.. It just ends too quick..I’d like to get some variations to work in for repeats also..maybe you could write some?? (Pretty Please) It hardly gets any better than that for sheer beauty!

    #26379
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    I’m glad you found them! So far the only variation I have beyond the beginner version is the version with ornamentation (the way Ungar plays it).

    #26515
    ruckydooruckydoo
    Participant

    Hi DR. JOHN,
    Heard Ashoken Farewell in Gettysburg movie and was thinking that my great-great grandpappy had heard this piece back then and I wanted to learn it on the violin. Just tried it using your lessons and am thrilled to hear at least a few notes coming off my own instrument. Found out it was written 120 years after the War but…now one of my favorite songs anyhow. You do it spendidly, btw. Feel a lump in my throat every time I hear it done so beatuifully.

    Am trying to get in a few hours a day in practice and will send a vid when it sounds considerably better than it does at this time.

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