Calliope House

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Calliope House" by Dave Richardson. BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

Genre: Celtic
Skill Level: Intermediate
Key of E

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "Calliope House."

Calliope House - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Calliope House - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Calliope House - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Calliope House - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

"Calliope House" was composed by Dave Richardson of the Boys of the Lough.  In 1984, he composed this jig in honor of the Calliope House in Pittsburgh, the home of bagpipe instructor, George Balderose and the original home of The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society. Richardson wrote the tune in honor of the house and the good times he had here while performing in Pittsburgh with the Boys of the Lough. The house reminded him of a house of musicians in Newcastle, England. The tune has caught on all over the traditional music world. It was recorded by Riverdance, Alasdair Fraser, Kevin Burke, Hamish Moore, Alasdair Gillies, the Waterboys, and many others. It is now a session tune in both Scotland and Ireland.  (Calliope House)

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This topic contains 11 replies, has 5 voices, and was last updated by  Kaeleigh 10 months ago.

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  • #6368

    John Cockman
    Keymaster
    #6369

    delma trevino
    Participant

    john thanks for all the work you do for your clients bless you

    #6370

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    You are welcome! Please post a video of your students performing the song, and link to it on the forum!

    #26524

    Angela
    Participant

    Top o the marning to ya…

    I started playing around with this one and heard a recording in D.  I sort of like the way it rings in D.  Any thoughts about that?

    Is it usually played in E…or originally recorded in E…or does anybody balk at D?

    May the rrrrroad rrrrrise to greet ye…

    Angela

    #26530
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    Arrrrrh Angela Lassy, Ye can play er rin D de same as E using the G and D strings. Bit low rrrrregistairr, and might be missing a note oare tuew butil play Oy just fine.
    My other thought of course is tune yyyyeer fiddle to open G ? but with the D tuned down to a C….
    or get a 5string fiddle and …..help
    Arrrr, and thought me new what Ye was talking a boute .
    The Road is rrrrrising lassy ,
    Gu

    #26562

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    It is mostly played in E, but every so often you hear it done in D. It is actually a little easier in D. I should tab it out in D just in case someone wants to play it tharrr.

    #26583

    Angela
    Participant

    If messed around with it in D and E some.  Here’s what I’ve found….just for me…the “shell” is easier in D and a little harder in E.  BUT  the ornamentation is harder in D because there’s so much crossing of D and E to get a lot of those ornaments.  Does that sound weird????

    Anyway, I’m really liking the tune.

    Maybe this question doesn’t belong here, but…has anyone attempted the Celtic Woman version of Butterfly where they cut loose on the last variation?

    #26626

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Angela, I know what you are talking about. It is really nice to be able to throw in the open E in the ornamentation.

    I’ve not tried Butterfly. It is a cool medley though!

    #41007

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    I’ve just been playing calliope house for the last hour 🙂 It’s such a fun, fun tune! It’s also very challenging! My pinkie gets awfully sore/stiff playing this tune. Could I be fingering it wrong somehow, or does it just need practice to make it stronger?

    #41018

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Probably just needs a stronger pinky! This is one of my favorites.

    #41024

    Angela
    Participant

    Kaeleigh, I think this is the tune that really made me strengthen my pinky. One of the exercises I used went like this: put 3rd finger down on string. Like play 3rd finger “a” on the e string.  Leave it down and play 4low or b flat on e string.  Pick up 4 and play the a again leaving 3 down. Then play 4 high or b on e string still leaving 3 down.  Play 3 again. Then reach 4 up to the c on the e string, leaving 3 down. Repeat all. Then try same thing on other strings.  Shake out your hand after a while.  Don’t push too hard or you’ll strain your muscles. ??

    #41044

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    Thank you Angela! I’ll try that!
    Thank you so much for this lesson, Mr. Cockman! I can’t stop playing this song 🙂

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