Anna Lee

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  • #17873
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    This is an online fiddle lesson for “Anna Lee.” This is by special request for my friend Keith.

    See the full post at: Anna Lee

    #17903
    Justine
    Justine
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    Fine accompaniement, John! Such a sad song!

    Also, you sound better than Levon Helms.

    I’m happy to report that I can hold my fiddle like you do on this song…only problem is that I can’t play it that way!

    I’m glad you posted this to show what a fiddle can do as the sole back up for a ballad.

    #17919
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    Thanks Justine! Unfortunately Levon had been struggling for around ten years with throat cancer at this point. This was recorded in 2008, a year after his comeback, when he estimated that his voice was at 80%. Cancer finally took his life in 2012. He had a pretty good voice when he sang and played drums with “The Band,” but I believe that years of out-singing the drums really damaged his vocal chords.

    https://vimeo.com/120253209

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    #17930
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    I could listen to this all day.

    #17932
    Justine
    Justine
    Participant

    Thanks for explaining that, John! I should be appreciating him for carrying on when he had a serious llness!

    #17936
    Justine
    Justine
    Participant

    I know, Rock! Love that fiddle harmony. I think that some old time fiddlers were one man bands!

    #17949
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    I am actually working on a 15-week curriculum that will take fiddlers from beginner to awesome. Actually, it will probably be a two-semester, 30-week course. It will include backup and improv, which a lot of people want to see.

    As someone once said, “I have big plans for the walnut grove.” I just wish I had more time!

    #17971
    Great Scott
    Great Scott
    Moderator

    John — I complemented you on this song in another post but I will let loose again here now:

    Beautiful voice. Beautiful fiddling.  Beautiful but sad song.

    I just wonder though what my friend Yehudi would say about your bow hold.

    To me, how you held your fiddle is the proper way of holding a fiddle, as we have discussed a number of times before.  I find it easier to hold and play my fiddle like that as opposed to having it ridiculously plopped on my shoulder and stuck up in the air like the rear end of an Ostrich!  I’m allergic to feathers, by the way!

    #18098
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    There are a lot of old ballads that sound fantastic with only a fiddle backup.

    #21738
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
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    This one makes me cry every time .
    I can sing the song along
    I can fiddle the double stops along
    But I cant do both at same time.
    Working on it !
    Amazing song !
    Thanks for the lesson again
    Excellent !
    Gu

    #21748
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    Thanks Gu, it makes me cry too, though Rock would say that’s easily done. I love a heart-wrenching mountain ballad.

    #21757
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Wha1 Wha! I love that sad sad song!

    #21759
    cricket
    cricket
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    That’s a good one!

    #21771
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    I hesitate to play and listen to Anna Lee because it races through my mind and I can’t get to sleep. Not to mention the crying, I have to get up and change my pillow case often.

    #21779
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Rock, that is why I use a plastic, zippered pillow case. I have ruined too many pillows listening to sad songs at night. Anna Lee is so haunting. I really want to do more like this.

    #21785
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    I may be an English lad, but I still cry when I sing “Flow Gently Sweet Afton.” Nothing wrings me out like a late night singing Irish songs. This one is relatively new, but it still fits the mold. So beautiful!

    The great Gaels of Ireland
    Are the men that God made mad
    For all their wars are merry
    And all their songs are sad

    #22288
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Wow! I just realized who these guys are! I used to listen to them all the time. Just didn’t put it together.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2yW372qWH8

    #22297
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    That’s them!

    #22315
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
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    well….I guess I know what I m listening too for the next 4 hours ! :O)
    Just got home from a 3 day choir performance . Who eee what a week end!
    :O)
    GU

    #22316
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Great song, Gu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I listened to it earlier today. Just love that song!!

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