Faded Love

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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This topic contains 41 replies, has 10 voices, and was last updated by  John Cockman 3 weeks ago.

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  • #20539

    John Cockman
    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
    cricket
    cricket
    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
    Rock
    Rock
    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
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Thank you for this Easter gift!

    #20557
    Justine
    Justine
    Participant

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

    #20559
    cricket
    cricket
    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 Cockman
    Keymaster

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

    #20590
    cricket
    cricket
    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 Cockman
    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

    1943
    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
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    I have the beginner version almost down.

    #21206
    Justine
    Justine
    Participant

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

    #21208
    Rock
    Rock
    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
    Justine
    Justine
    Participant

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

    #21231

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    This one would make a great compilation tune!

    #21772
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

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

    #21778

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

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

    #30179
    cricket
    cricket
    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 Cockman
    Keymaster

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

    #42627
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
    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.

    #42631
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Oh good…let’s hear it, please, Ruckydoo!

    #42672

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I second! Put it in the Lion’s Den when you get a chance!

    #43103
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
    Participant

    Am attempting to learn Faded Love on fiddle and accordion.   Enjoy it immensely now that I’m hearing it again on BGD.  Got the melody in my head by hearing Bob Wills on a tiny radio station in northern Minnesota.  This site is resurrection lots of my childhood memories!   I’ll be playing some of this stuff in the local nursing homes soon…I hope.

    #43108

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Ralph, I hope to hear you play it sometime!

    #45199

    Hi

    I’m new as you will read 🙂  How do I know when I should be playing 2nd or 3rd position.  For instance, E string, 4 (4); 2 and 3 circled ?

     

    Thanks,

    Laura

    #45221

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Hi Laura, here is a link to an in-depth lesson on the various hand positions that you will find in the tablature:

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/hand-and-finger-positions/

    Below is a picture of the finger and hand positions, which includes the actual notes on the G string for all the positions.

    If you need to be out of the first position, there will be a circled note below the tablature that lets you know which finger to use when you play the note (1 through 4).

    Before we go any futher, I need to admit that I’m a little red-faced. The measure you are having an issue with actually has a typo that I didn’t catch, and this is probably what has confused you. This is the 24th measure of the “Willie” versions of Faded Love.

    I have fixed this, and you may now download the updated version of the tablature on the lesson page. On measure 24 of the Willie version, you should see (3L) instead of (4) on the tablature on the A string. Here is what the updated version looks like:

    On the A string, (3L) is an F# note, and you should play it with the third finger. On the E string, 4 is an B note, and you should play it with your second finger. Your hand will be in the third position.

    For the next grouping, your third finger remains on the F# on note he A string while your first finger plays 4L on the E string, which is an A# note.

    Please accept my apologies for the typo!

    #45244

    Thanks John

    After years of playing guitar, I absolutely love learning the fiddle and I enjoy your lessons.

    Laura

    #45287

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I hope to hear you play at some point!

    #51460
    John Tait
    John Tait
    Member

    John,

    I found this video of Katie Holmes of Asleep at the Wheel playing “Faded Love”.  Some of this is very tricky and advanced with no assistance from any notation.

    However, from about 3.36, there is a part that sounds rather good.

    Any ideas on notating this out?

    Thanks.

    #51500

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    That sounds great! I like her idea of playing the Bobby Hicks voicings on the A and E.

    #51502
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Faded Love is just so cool for fiddling…just sets itself up for great variations.

    #51708
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    John (Tait), I’ve posted this before, but it would be good to have it on this thread also.  This is a great incentive booster for Faded Love.  Tessa is a Kentucky girl that has gone to the top internationally and is winning highest competitions all over with a great classic fiddle.  Of course we all know Mark.  This is beautiful.  I can’t explain what it feels like to my ears to listen to this…and obviously they recognize it as a winner also, from their looks at the end…

    #51917
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    I hadn’t noticed before how much of the time Tessa is playing double stops.  A lot of this she is playing double stops and it’s so perfect it sounds like she’s just doing a normal harmony.

    #51918
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    That’s so good I feel like burning my fiddles right now…lol.

    #51934

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    She is incredible.

    #52008
    fran h
    fran h
    Participant

    So I have been working on Faded Love because it seems to be played a lot but speaking of variations. . . I just learned this GREAT variation.  Well, I like it a lot anyway. I have only been working on it about 3 days so I can only work in about half of the variations but here is a video of the lady playing it who taught it to me. I am the one in the striped shirt so skip on past me to the lady in the dress and listen to her variation. Another couple of days and I think I will have it.  When I get it , I will post a better video. My husband was still ordering ice cream when we started playing so he wasn’t quite prepared to record.  He has been reprimanded for not paying attention.  lol

    #52009
    fran h
    fran h
    Participant

    #52015

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    You all sounded great! That is an awesome version. Thank you for sharing it. I’m so glad you found a good jam in Gold Hill. It looks like a wonderful environment.

    #52019
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Sounds very good…definitely more fun that ice cream…lol!  We’re those Christmas decorations on the doorway????

    #52060

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    You know it’s a good jam when the Christmas ornaments stay up year-round. 🙂

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