December 10, 2016 at 2:53 AM #44024
A long shot! Some tuners can be set to tune half step down as default. All open strings will then be tuned half step down. I spent very long time once tuning a guitar before I discovered this problem. My tuner did not display 440 in digits only LEDs for the different strings and the LEDs showed I was in tune. But I was in tune half step down. But since you are using two different tuners this is probably very unlikely. If you have a tuning fork or piano or other instrument in tune you could check the open A with one of those.December 10, 2016 at 11:07 AM #44032
My thoughts too, Hakan, but what are the odds that both tuners were like that? I’m just stumped on this one. Dredger, is there anyway you could post a video about this? Maybe upload it to youtube and drop us a link, or share it with me on drop box:December 1, 2017 at 11:44 AM #55941
Hello Dr. John,
Am still working on polishing up Ashoken Farewell. Reddesert Fiddle, on Youtube, hows how to add grace note but doesn’t use tabulature so a bit mysterious but…sorta slipping it in.
Have been getting in about an hour a day practice so hope to get into more of these great songs that you provide for us.December 2, 2017 at 2:48 AM #55959
Awesome! Ashokan Farewell is one of the reasons I wanted to play the fiddle.December 2, 2017 at 9:21 AM #55970
It is THE MAIN REASON I wanted to learn fiddle as I thought that my great-great granddad, a CW vet, may have enjoyed it after seeing Ken Burns and hearing it for the first time. It is still so haunting for me even though it didn’t even get written until the early 1980’s. Your lessons have give me lots of other songs that I ‘ve whistled or hummed all my life so guess I’m pretty attached to me little fiddle now and enjoy practicing every day adding a bit of new stuff when I feel like it. You have provided a fine fiddlin’ site for me to hang around and throw out questions occasionally too. 2:48 AM?December 2, 2017 at 1:46 PM #55972
John never sleeps…lol…we’ve seen that around here before! I mess around a little here and there with Ashokan Farewell…it is really beautiful. How it got matched up with the Civil War I’m not really sure, but it’s just a very impassioned piece of music, isn’t it? I guess sometimes such beautiful music keeps people up all hours of the night…lol. I really need to sit down with it and get it down better.December 3, 2017 at 2:03 PM #55983
Ashokan Farewell is one that I play everyday , I play along with John on his video . I can almost hit every note with him most of the time , but not perfect yet .December 3, 2017 at 2:12 PM #55984
It is a beautiful song! One of the first songs I learned.December 6, 2017 at 4:07 PM #56067
It’s still one of my all-time favorites, even after all these years. And Cricket is right — I never sleep! This past week has been especially brutal, but I have tomorrow off. Yay! Just before a weekend of concerts in Lake Junaluska. 🙂April 11, 2018 at 4:18 PM #60133
Helloooo, the last bar in the notation is incorrect. Not the tabs. Might help somebody. JkApril 12, 2018 at 2:04 AM #60150
Thanks, which one?April 13, 2018 at 11:13 AM #60178
Hello John, if I’m thinking right the second to last note in the ending I think the notation shows an A on the g string , the tabs show .Correctly, position 3h on the g string , I could be wrong, but it would be a first, second, third, or fourth, or one of those numbersApril 13, 2018 at 12:08 PM #60179
Yea, soon as I submitted that, I thought, wait a cotton pick in minuet here that there note is a C not an A , at least this mistake didn’t cost me ! Not used to this new fangled violin music. Played bagpipes for the years. Have a goodun . Supposed to get snow Monday. Shoooooot with an E.April 13, 2018 at 3:33 PM #60186
Thanks! I’m not seeing the error but I’m glad it didn’t trip you up! Hope to hear you play it sometime.
Bagpipes are awesome, one of my favorite instruments!June 27, 2019 at 9:11 AM #73625
Just finished the lesson, my question is, are you supposed to play the a and b parts twice each or only once?June 27, 2019 at 9:28 AM #73626
just once… Can’t wait to hear it!June 27, 2019 at 9:54 AM #73628
John are you saying to ignore the repeat symbols on the A and B parts ?
Gunnar , Twice each , the repeat is there on the notation and tablature , also the time to do so is only 3 minutes and 9 seconds , playing Solo !
Once through would be 1-1/2 minutes , If the people your playing for have ADHD then 1-1/2 minute might be better !
I think most songs are around 3 plus minutes on purpose , in order to capture your audience and keep them captured , If they are just a listening crowd and your playing Solo !
With the exception of people dancing the songs can be longer , also at jam sessions where 3 or four people take turns playing lead and someone singing a song can last 10 minutes or so !
Gunnar it really is up to you , The arrangement and time is your choice !
June 27, 2019 at 10:02 AM #73630
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I meant for the backing track, thanks. I’ll try to play it here soonJune 27, 2019 at 12:18 PM #73650
Ditto…can’t wait to hear you play it, Gunnar.June 27, 2019 at 2:47 PM #73653
Here’s a quick take of my rendition of Ashoken Farewell:July 2, 2019 at 12:17 PM #73826
Very Nice Frederick!July 2, 2019 at 12:21 PM #73828
Thank You, brya31. I appreciate the kind comment.July 2, 2019 at 2:33 PM #73838
Fred, I can’t remember, is this one in your FFFFF collection? Am I getting all my F’s in there? Hope you have it in there for convenience of your tunes. You play it very nicely, by the way.July 2, 2019 at 2:45 PM #73841
Yes, Cricket. It’s in there. If you don’t want to search all over Robin Hood’s barn, you can just click on this page here and it will take you to every one of them quickly.
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