Cajun Fiddle

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Cajun Fiddle."

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Genre: Bluegrass, Country
Skill Level: Intermediate
Key of A

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Don Rich was the leader of the "Buckaroos" who toured and recorded with Buck Owens. He was an amazing singer, guitarist, and fiddler, but died tragically in a motorcycle accident in 1974. This is my cover of  the fiddle tune "Cajun Fiddle."

Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "Cajun Fiddle" at 170 BPM. The first break is like the tablature below, but the other one is improvised.

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Cajun Fiddle." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Cajun Fiddle." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Cajun Fiddle." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Cajun Fiddle." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

 

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  • #6403

    John Cockman
    Keymaster
    #6404

    Gary Lunsford
    Participant

    Anyone who thinks that this is not worth $50.00 a year, are crazy! I am a past road musician and I know the work it takes to learn a instrument, but I have learned more through these past few months than I have in a year. Just looking at the work it took in putting Cajun Fiddle on this lesson. Thank you John for sharing your blessings of time and talent.

    #6405

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thank you Gary! Comments like this one make it worth it! 🙂 I’m glad you are getting a lot from the site.

    #25824

    ejstidham
    Participant

    https://m.mg.mail.yahoo.com/ya/download?m=YaDownload&fid=Inbox&mid=2_0_0_1_613364_AH4aDUwAABagVb5YegjtKCnDUuQ&pid=2&check_content_type=2&fullscan=1&YY=1184723710&appid=YahooMailMobile is the same version or is it different? I’m having trouble hearing how certain parts go in your version. I have all the notes down but I can figure out how it goes in places and this version seem more actuated or pronounced if that makes sence.

    #25839

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Hi! I’m having trouble with the link you posted.

    #25895

    ejstidham
    Participant

    hopefully this works better

    #25897
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    That sounded great ! Not sure how that can be played better, or what exactly is the question? John will no doubt have a better idea. Was that you playing ? Sounded almost just like Johns version, I think John might have a little more bowing to it, not sure, very well played I must say, Cajun fiddling is a good one for playing with country music, seems to fit in , just saying. Have a great day.
    Hope John can answer your question,
    Gu

    #25918

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks! That is the same version that I teach, with some minor differences. I teach the Don Rich version note-for-note. In the version you posted, the shuffles are the same, but the lead-in notes are sometimes different.

    #26056

    ejstidham
    Participant

    Thank you for your reply. One more question for you. In the step by step version and the 70 bpm video you don’t have the same ending as the 120 bpm or the 170 bpm video. How did you finish it on the the 120 and 170 versions?

    #26086

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I actually finished it a little differently on each version. The soundtrack basically has a two bar ending, so I usually just walk down to a low A. Here is what I am doing on the 120 bpm version:

    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="586"] Cajun Fiddle two-bar ending[/caption]

    #26088

    ejstidham
    Participant

    Thanks John. I almost have this song down pretty good. It feels good being able to play something at an intermediate level being the first time I picked up a fiddle was Christmas day and never having a lesson, besides your lessons. Thank you

    #26102

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Please post a video for us in the Lion’s Den when you get a chance!

    #31117
    fran h
    fran h
    Participant

    I am so glad this song is here. I have been looking for it all over and could not find it. It appeared incredibly difficult when I downloaded the notation, but after trying it, it is not as hard as it looks. . .at my slow learning level. Just for my sanity. . . it seems that the up and down bows listed with the tablature is opposite from what you play? I didn’t even notice until I had gone through it a few times.

    #31139

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Hi Fran, I’m using an old-time bowing notation where the up arrow means up-bow and the down arrow means down-bow. I am in the process of separating notation from tablature, and the notation will have the standard bowing indicators.

    I’m glad you’re learning the song! Please drop a video performance into the Lion’s Den!

    #31185
    fran h
    fran h
    Participant

    ok. . .thanks. Yep, I went back and heard your explanation if the bowing notation at the start of the video. duh. one day I will work up to a video

    #31203

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I can’t wait to hear it!

    #33402

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I’ve updated the Cajun Fiddle jam tracks to quieten the steel and add some accordion. Much better now!

    #63629

    Angela
    Participant

    Pulling this one back out.  I had most of A down but gave up on the transition from A to B and the B part.  Somebody requested it at a jam the other day…..So, here I am back at it.

    I tried to play along with a Don Rich recording and found he was playing in a CRAZY key….

    Then, as I was looking around at cajun music, I read that cajun fiddle is often tuned down a step to mix better with the accordian…..ha!  who knew?!

    #63632
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    It’s a cool tune…I play it, but I don’t really play it right…lol.  Hope to hear you play it soon.

    #63633
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
    Participant

    Nancy , Its a great tune But , I have to much on my plate to even think about starting this right now , Sorry !

    #63637

    Angela
    Participant

    It’s funny how many of us are looking at this right now. Haha. Cricket, I heard yours the other day and thought it was real good I read someplace that gdgd tuning was also common in Cajun.

    Been working on it tonight. I think I have it and will post to Lions Den tomorrow or Sunday.

    Lots of fun!!

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