February 21, 2015 at 1:14 AM #17873
This is an online fiddle lesson for “Anna Lee.” This is by special request for my friend Keith.
See the full post at: Anna LeeFebruary 21, 2015 at 12:13 PM #17903
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.February 21, 2015 at 4:19 PM #17919
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.February 21, 2015 at 6:15 PM #17930
I could listen to this all day.February 21, 2015 at 6:23 PM #17932
Thanks for explaining that, John! I should be appreciating him for carrying on when he had a serious llness!February 21, 2015 at 8:57 PM #17936
I know, Rock! Love that fiddle harmony. I think that some old time fiddlers were one man bands!February 21, 2015 at 11:15 PM #17949
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!February 22, 2015 at 4:40 AM #17971Great ScottModerator
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!February 23, 2015 at 11:13 PM #18098
There are a lot of old ballads that sound fantastic with only a fiddle backup.April 23, 2015 at 7:46 PM #21738nagumaqParticipant
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
GuApril 24, 2015 at 1:05 AM #21748
Thanks Gu, it makes me cry too, though Rock would say that’s easily done. I love a heart-wrenching mountain ballad.April 24, 2015 at 6:45 AM #21757
Wha1 Wha! I love that sad sad song!April 24, 2015 at 7:50 AM #21759cricketParticipant
That’s a good one!April 24, 2015 at 6:49 PM #21771
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.April 24, 2015 at 8:57 PM #21779
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.April 24, 2015 at 9:41 PM #21785
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 sadMay 3, 2015 at 8:55 AM #22288
Wow! I just realized who these guys are! I used to listen to them all the time. Just didn’t put it together.May 3, 2015 at 2:24 PM #22297
That’s them!May 3, 2015 at 5:32 PM #22315nagumaqParticipant
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!
GUMay 3, 2015 at 5:35 PM #22316
Great song, Gu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I listened to it earlier today. Just love that song!!
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