Faded Love

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This is an online fiddle lesson for the country tune "Faded Love" by Bob Wills.

On this page, I teach three lessons. First, a simple beginner version based on the Bob Wills melody. Next, an intermediate version which consists of the three breaks Johnny Gimble plays on the Willie Nelson / Ray Price single. Finally, I teach the advanced Bobby Hicks version.

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Genre: Country, Bluegrass
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Key of D

You may download and use any of the MP3s and tablature for your personal use. However, please do not make them available online or otherwise distribute them.

NOTE: If multiple fiddle lessons and MP3s are loading at once, this page will get slow! I recommend that you refresh the page each time you open a new video or MP3.

Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the beginner (Bob Wills), intermediate (Johnny Gimble), and advanced (Bobby Hicks) breaks of "Faded Love."

Video #2: Here is a video of me and the girls performing the Willie Nelson / Ray Price version of "Faded Love" with the Johnny Gimble fiddle breaks.

Faded Love - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Faded Love - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Faded Love - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Faded Love - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Faded Love - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Faded Love - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Faded Love - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Faded Love - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Faded Love - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle. Faded Love - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle. Faded Love - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

"Faded Love" is a Western swing song written by Bob Wills, his father John Wills, and his brother, Billy Jack Wills. The tune is considered to be an exemple of the Western swing fiddle component of American fiddle. The melody came from an 1856 ballad, Darling Nelly Gray, which John Wills knew as a fiddle tune. "Faded Love" is a sentimental song about lost love. The name comes from the refrain that follows each verse:

I remember our faded love.

The song was a major hit for Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys (MGM K10786) reaching No.8 on the Country charts in 1950. It became one of his signature songs.

source: wikipedia.com

Faded Love

As I look at the letters that you wrote to me it's you that I am thinking of
As I read the lines that to me were so dear I remember our faded love

Refrain:
I miss you darling more and more every day
As heaven would miss the stars above
And with every heartbeat I still think of you and remember our faded love

As I think of the past and all the pleasures we've had
As I watch the mating of the dove
It was in the springtime that you said goodbye I remember our faded love

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  • #20539
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    And now, with the brilliance you’ve come to expect here at BGDU: A lesson on the much requested country western song “Faded Love.”  First, a simple beginner version based on the Bob Wills melody. Next, an intermediate version which consists of the three breaks Johnny Gimble plays on the Willie Nelson / Ray Price single. Finally, the advanced Bobby Hicks version.

    Faded Love

    #20550
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Oh…look what’s in the BGD Easter basket!  All I can say is…Oh, oh, oh! That’s better than a chocolate bunny, for sure!  Sounds beautiful, John…wow, what a lesson!!!  Guess I’ll have to try…whew…gonna take both coffee and some chocolate to even think about this one!  Beautiful.  Y’all did a wonderful job.

    #20551
    RockRock
    Participant

    Cricket, I have faith in you, you are on!

    What a great lesson John. I love the one with the girls! You guys harmonise perfectly.

    #20554
    RockRock
    Participant

    Thank you for this Easter gift!

    #20557
    JustineJustine
    Participant

    Faded Love is a super set of lessons! Arwen and Lorien look so happy and sing so well with you!

    #20559
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Just downloaded all of this stuff… ha ha… just about did not fit into my Easter Basket, John!  Your daughters are beautiful and talented… they add a lot to the mix.  Now I’m thinking… gotta learn, gotta try, I think I can, I think I can…. choo choo!!!!  Ha… it’s already making me crazy!

    #20563
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Thanks all! This is a fun song to play, and one that is much requested.

    #20590
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    This one would make a good collaborative video, although I’m not one to suggest such things, since I still have not gotten the chance to get to Ashokan Farewell.  Is anyone working on Faded Love yet?  I sure will, but it’ll be several days before I get the chance to sit down and get started with it.  I can’t imagine the time and effort that went into this big lesson here!  Not sure I can handle all that Bobby Hicks finger bustin’ stuff…but at least I will try and see what comes of it.  I never thought I’d get Golden Fiddle Waltz, but here lately just running through stuff a few minutes here and there I’ve gone through it full speed and hung on pretty well…the only train wreck is that little bunch of descending double stops way up the neck at the very end. I’m just gonna have to take some time to crawl through that extremely slowly, about 500 times!!!! Other than that, I say again, this site has really shown me you just don’t know what you can accomplish until you sit down and try, then try some more…then give it time before looking for results.  Anyway…I can’t wait until I get a few things taken care of up and down the road so I can get a little time to start this whole thing.  I plan to start at the beginner video and just slowly work through and see how far I can get…no matter how long it takes.  I can’t wait until I can get started!!!

    #20606
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Cricket, I know you’ll sound great on it! This can be part of your double-stop trifecta, including Maiden’s Prayer and Golden Fiddle Waltz.

    #21202
    Avatar1943
    Participant

    John, this lesson was too beautiful for words. What a beautiful talented family you have!!!  I love this song. I do play it but very poorly. I must find the time to get going on this all time favourite. Everybody asks for it at all the jams and the dance floor fills when some good fiddler plays it. I play it at home but I really make a mess of it. I must-I must-I must get going on this lesson!!!!

    Thanks so much, John. I have never heard it played so beautifully. Ann

    #21203
    RockRock
    Participant

    I have the beginner version almost down.

    #21206
    JustineJustine
    Participant

    Hi Rock! I’m glad to hear that you are able to play Faded Love!

    #21208
    RockRock
    Participant

    Good morning Justine, I took a day or so off from the forum. It’s amazing what you can learn when you take the time. Faded Love (beginner lesson) isn’t really isn’t that hard to learn. Of course I haven’t recorded it, so I may sound terrible playing it.
    Hope your doing great!!

    #21209
    JustineJustine
    Participant

    Hi Rock! I’m trying to practice more! Have a great morning!

    #21231
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    This one would make a great compilation tune!

    #21772
    RockRock
    Participant

    John, I think you sung better on this song than any I’ve heard. The girls singing was wonderful!

    #21778
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Thanks Rock! I love it when the girls sing on a video with me.

    #30179
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Gosh, I love this so much.  John, I think it’s so neat that you put so many versions of this great tune up.  I wanna learn all if them and just never stop playing it all kinds of ways!  I realized I have this downloaded…lol…much to my surprise, but mainly I just use my iPad plus speakers for working on this stuff these days.  I’m glad your site is so mobile-friendly.  Your family sounded great on this.  It’s really fun to be working on it!

    #30313
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Thanks Cricket! It is one of my favorite waltz tunes, and I love all of the above versions.

    #42627
    ruckydooruckydoo
    Participant

    Heard this played by a fellow on the accordion a couple weeks back at a church fun show and had forgotten what a neat song it is.   Am squeezing this into my morning practice and may try to get the family involved a bit as you did.  You and the girls all did a marvelous job on it too.  May dig out a elderly type accordion and try it on that too.   you have an enjoyable site and I look forward to each lesson.

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