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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  • #42672
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

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

    #43103
    ruckydooruckydoo
    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 (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Ralph, I hope to hear you play it sometime!

    #45199
    Avatarfiddle camp
    Participant

    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 (BGD)John (BGD)
    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
    Avatarfiddle camp
    Participant

    Thanks John

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

    Laura

    #45287
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    I hope to hear you play at some point!

    #51460
    John TaitJohn Tait
    Participant

    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 (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

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

    #51502
    cricketcricket
    Participant

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

    #51708
    rodgerrodger
    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
    rodgerrodger
    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
    cricketcricket
    Participant

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

    #51934
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    She is incredible.

    #52008
    fran hfran 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 hfran h
    Participant

    #52015
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    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
    cricketcricket
    Participant

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

    #52060
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

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

    #52084
    fran hfran h
    Participant

    Cricket I am not sure if it is specifically Christmas decorations or not. I looked at some other pictures and its just sorta leaves over the doorway with a strand of Christmas lights outlining the doorway.  There are a lot of decorations throughout the place. It is held at the E.H.Montgomery general store in Gold Hill, NC,

    http://historicgoldhill.com/montgomery-bluegrass

    It is a 4 hour drive for us so we only go about 3 times a year. The lady that runs the place is president of the NC Bluegrass Association. Mark and Maggie O’Conner showed up one night and joined the jam. Of course I missed that night  lol  It wasn’t advertised. . .just luck (or unluck) of the draw. It is a good jam and beginner friendly

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