July 21, 2017 at 10:32 AM #51846
This is an online fiddle lesson for the bluegrass tune “Dixie Hoedown” by Jesse McReynolds. This lesson was underwritten by Jessica Hurster. Thank you Jessica!
See the full post at: Dixie HoedownJuly 21, 2017 at 12:41 PM #51848
Here’s the original version: Jesse McReynolds playing lead fiddle and Vassar Clements playing the harmony.July 21, 2017 at 1:37 PM #51852
Oh that’s cool! You got a great companion there…do you two get along ok? Lol…that’s such a cool-sounding tune…I love that kinda fiddling! I need some time to try this one as soon as possible!July 21, 2017 at 1:47 PM #51853
Cricket, that’s John’s anti-matter twin, and when they get together there’s an explosion of fiddling…I just hope they defied the laws of physics and weren’t annihilated. That really is a wonderful piece.July 21, 2017 at 3:42 PM #51861
Hahaha Rodger. 🙂 That was definitely my evil twin. Now if he could only fiddle like Vassar!July 21, 2017 at 7:12 PM #51866
They’re both very, very good fiddlers, no doubt about that. Vassar might get a little bit nervous if he heard these two guys right now!July 24, 2017 at 9:42 PM #51982
Excellent video on a great tune.
Nice touch on the twin fiddling. You changed shirts and cap..!! ;-))
JohnJuly 25, 2017 at 7:16 AM #51992
Thanks John. I wish I really did have a twin. 🙂 Actually I have a brother (Ben) who is an excellent fiddler and sometimes we play this one together.October 22, 2017 at 4:27 PM #54580
Awesome tune!…another one goes on The List…October 24, 2017 at 9:13 PM #54657
thanks Jessica!October 25, 2017 at 3:49 PM #54678
Dave, this tune implements rhythm progressions that are excellent training exercises, so when you practice this you are doing a lot more than learning one song. You are advancing your entire ability to play any thing else. And it’s a lot more fun than just doing exercises…It’s good to spend some time checking the notes slowly with a tuner to get the intonation in your head good (instead of just trusting how you remember hearing it) so you get the most out of your practice. If you spend a lot of time learning it just a little bit off, because you’re trusting your ear, then that’s how you’ll learn it, but if you take time to nail down the intonation it will be well worth it. It can sound really good and still be a little off. If you’re going to make a big investment of your practice time, you might as well be getting the most out of it.October 25, 2017 at 4:06 PM #54679
Seems to me it’s that way with most every tune…October 25, 2017 at 6:12 PM #54688
I prefer tunes over exercies too!October 25, 2017 at 8:05 PM #54692
Yes, there is certainly different schools of learning and philosophies how to do it. Each one has it’s merits and records of achievement to judge it by. The conventional path most schools & teachers follow to achieve the standard results that are in demand world wide, observe how some exercises fast track the learning experience because they incorporate the building blocks that most tunes are made of. Exercises can be tiresome & require motivation, & can discourage beginners, but the players that excel use them to get where they are in a time period that they still have most of their life left to perform. The right exercises can accomplish results that it would take many times the same amount of hours playing various tunes to achieve. But all this depends on the perspective of what a person wants to do with their music…this universal curriculum will not accomplish a regional/cultural feel to the music. The way to learn such a style as the Old Time feel of early mountain music can not be learned in the conventional, classical school. So the purpose & end goal of what a person wants to achieve will determine what school they use to learn. If I’m working with a young student, I have give them the tools to reach unlimited achievement they can use to go as far as they will ever want. If a person wants to pick up a fiddle to enjoy passing some time, of course they wouldn’t want to spend time to become a professional. I’ve met professionals who simply had other things to do with their life than the discipline of playing and would not touch a violin anymore because they would embarrass themselves after having slacked off the discipline it takes to keep the edge. Most of us don’t want to admit the amount of work we put into it, even if we just want to have a little fun. Some of the folks here have really put in a lot of time to get where they are. And it’s certainly worth it…October 25, 2017 at 9:07 PM #54704
“Most of us don’t want to admit the amount of work we put into it, even if we just want to have a little fun.”
So true, Rodger! And yes, it’s certainly worth it. I really believe that fiddling is one of the most rewarding hobbies one can have. Even if you aren’t a professional, the mind and spirit are benefited by careful practice. When you play music, there’s really no way to lose!
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