Bonaparte’s Retreat (Aly Bain)

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This is an online fiddle lesson for the bluegrass song "Bonaparte's Retreat" in the style of Aly Bain.

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Genre: Bluegrass
Skill Level: Intermediate
Key of D

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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing the song "Bonaparte's Retreat" in the style of Aly Bain.

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"Bonaparte's Retreat" is the name of two related songs. The original was a wordless melody that existed as various fiddle tunes dating back to at least the late 1800s and probably well before that. In 1950, American country music artist Pee Wee King recorded a modified version of the song, with lyrics added, which he also called "Bonaparte's Retreat". This latter song has been covered by many country artists.

The title of the original "Bonaparte's Retreat" is an apparent reference to Napoleon Bonaparte's disastrous retreat from Russia in 1812, and some earlier British folk songs told of that event.

In 1937, American ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, while traveling through Kentucky, recorded violinist William Hamilton Stepp playing "Bonaparte's Retreat." This recording was inducted in 2016 into the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry.

source: wikipedia

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    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    This is an online fiddle lesson for the bluegrass song “Bonaparte’s Retreat” in the style of Aly Bain. Special thanks to Steve Srader for sponsoring this tune! See the full post at:

    Bonaparte’s Retreat (Aly Bain)

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    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
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    John , great one , thanks ! Wonderfully done !

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    Frederick
    Frederick
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    Thank You John, and Thank You Steve. This is truly a wonderful lesson.

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    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
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    Fred there’s still another version to go ! I think I am going to learn all three and roll them all into one playthrough of about 5 or 6 minute exposition !

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    cricket
    cricket
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    Inspiring.

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    Frederick
    Frederick
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    Hey Steve, I will be waiting to hear your 3-way exposition. That sounds like a lot of fun. Cricket, you’re right. It’s inspiring!

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