Cheyenne Breakdown

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  • #58432

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    This is an online fiddle lesson for the bluegrass tune “Cheyenne Breakdown” by Kenny Baker. This was a special request from BGD user Gordie. Thank you Gordie!

    See the full post at: Cheyenne Breakdown

    #58433
    cricket
    cricket
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    That’s cool…I never heard it before.  The double stops contrast with the Hornpipy part reall6 well.

    #58437
    fiddliferous1950
    fiddliferous1950
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    One type of tune I’ve heard very little being played here in the South is the jig in either 3/8, 6/8, 9/8 or 12/8 time signature. The most common time signature I’m used to playing in (especially in upstate NY right along the Canadian border) is 6/8 time.

    I can remember Kenny Baker at my friends house in Maine, years and years ago and he played several different Canadian jigs. I played guitar and banjo along with him on several occasions. I guess that’s why I was so surprised many years later to arrive in the South and literally hear NO jigs at all.

    #58441
    rodger
    rodger
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    I’ve known a few fiddlers from the New England states Fred, and it’s seems a lot of what they played you’re not going hear the farther south you go.  Even the tunes that are pretty universal & well known, they have kind of their own versions of them.  But I don’t have that much knowledge or experience to say much, and there may be some truth in that anywhere you go.

    This is one I plan on working on.  For me, the tablature is a lot harder to use than the notes, especially when changing positions.  I went back through the tutorials a few times and can’t seem to get that.

    #58442
    fiddlewood
    fiddlewood
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    Nice different tune!

    Things change with region and the times.

    Back when I played guitar for contest fiddlers here in MI, I had to learn shoddish (?sp), reels, waltzes, and another (maybe slip-jig?) for each performance…I do remember it was pretty challenging playing for 2-3 grumpy/intense old fiddlers throughout the day…

    I see most of the big contests seem to be just a couple breakdowns and a waltz now-a-days.

    #58446
    cricket
    cricket
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    I never played a gig, which included a jig, not even for a pig who was wearing a wig.

    #58452

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Rodger, it may be best to use the notation and tablature together for notes above first position. The Notation tells you what the note is, but the tablature tells you which fingers and strings to use (the fingers are indicated by the circled numbers below the staff in the tablature).

    #58456
    fiddliferous1950
    fiddliferous1950
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    When not out for a jog,

    I’ve fiddled for a clog

    Sponsored by a hog.

    But usually have a chance

    to fiddle for a dance

    hosted by a “smarty-pants” !

    #58459

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Fred, I just sang that to the tune of the jig part of “Cheyenne Breakdown” (skip the fourth line of each half). It worked surprisingly well. 🙂

    #58461
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
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    Nice !

    #58472
    cricket
    cricket
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    🤪

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