April 4, 2015 at 11:20 PM #20539
And now, with the brilliance you’ve come to expect here at BGDU: A lesson on the much requested country western song “Faded Love.” First, a simple beginner version based on the Bob Wills melody. Next, an intermediate version which consists of the three breaks Johnny Gimble plays on the Willie Nelson / Ray Price single. Finally, the advanced Bobby Hicks version.April 5, 2015 at 6:52 AM #20550
Oh…look what’s in the BGD Easter basket! All I can say is…Oh, oh, oh! That’s better than a chocolate bunny, for sure! Sounds beautiful, John…wow, what a lesson!!! Guess I’ll have to try…whew…gonna take both coffee and some chocolate to even think about this one! Beautiful. Y’all did a wonderful job.April 5, 2015 at 7:17 AM #20551
Cricket, I have faith in you, you are on!
What a great lesson John. I love the one with the girls! You guys harmonise perfectly.April 5, 2015 at 7:37 AM #20554
Thank you for this Easter gift!April 5, 2015 at 8:06 AM #20557
Faded Love is a super set of lessons! Arwen and Lorien look so happy and sing so well with you!April 5, 2015 at 8:21 AM #20559
Just downloaded all of this stuff… ha ha… just about did not fit into my Easter Basket, John! Your daughters are beautiful and talented… they add a lot to the mix. Now I’m thinking… gotta learn, gotta try, I think I can, I think I can…. choo choo!!!! Ha… it’s already making me crazy!April 5, 2015 at 8:25 AM #20563
Thanks all! This is a fun song to play, and one that is much requested.April 6, 2015 at 11:32 AM #20590
This one would make a good collaborative video, although I’m not one to suggest such things, since I still have not gotten the chance to get to Ashokan Farewell. Is anyone working on Faded Love yet? I sure will, but it’ll be several days before I get the chance to sit down and get started with it. I can’t imagine the time and effort that went into this big lesson here! Not sure I can handle all that Bobby Hicks finger bustin’ stuff…but at least I will try and see what comes of it. I never thought I’d get Golden Fiddle Waltz, but here lately just running through stuff a few minutes here and there I’ve gone through it full speed and hung on pretty well…the only train wreck is that little bunch of descending double stops way up the neck at the very end. I’m just gonna have to take some time to crawl through that extremely slowly, about 500 times!!!! Other than that, I say again, this site has really shown me you just don’t know what you can accomplish until you sit down and try, then try some more…then give it time before looking for results. Anyway…I can’t wait until I get a few things taken care of up and down the road so I can get a little time to start this whole thing. I plan to start at the beginner video and just slowly work through and see how far I can get…no matter how long it takes. I can’t wait until I can get started!!!April 6, 2015 at 9:58 PM #20606
Cricket, I know you’ll sound great on it! This can be part of your double-stop trifecta, including Maiden’s Prayer and Golden Fiddle Waltz.April 17, 2015 at 11:21 PM #21202
John, this lesson was too beautiful for words. What a beautiful talented family you have!!! I love this song. I do play it but very poorly. I must find the time to get going on this all time favourite. Everybody asks for it at all the jams and the dance floor fills when some good fiddler plays it. I play it at home but I really make a mess of it. I must-I must-I must get going on this lesson!!!!
Thanks so much, John. I have never heard it played so beautifully. AnnApril 18, 2015 at 4:54 AM #21203
I have the beginner version almost down.April 18, 2015 at 5:44 AM #21206
Hi Rock! I’m glad to hear that you are able to play Faded Love!April 18, 2015 at 6:16 AM #21208
Good morning Justine, I took a day or so off from the forum. It’s amazing what you can learn when you take the time. Faded Love (beginner lesson) isn’t really isn’t that hard to learn. Of course I haven’t recorded it, so I may sound terrible playing it.
Hope your doing great!!April 18, 2015 at 7:44 AM #21209
Hi Rock! I’m trying to practice more! Have a great morning!April 18, 2015 at 10:52 AM #21231
This one would make a great compilation tune!April 24, 2015 at 6:52 PM #21772
John, I think you sung better on this song than any I’ve heard. The girls singing was wonderful!April 24, 2015 at 8:56 PM #21778
Thanks Rock! I love it when the girls sing on a video with me.December 22, 2015 at 3:23 PM #30179
Gosh, I love this so much. John, I think it’s so neat that you put so many versions of this great tune up. I wanna learn all if them and just never stop playing it all kinds of ways! I realized I have this downloaded…lol…much to my surprise, but mainly I just use my iPad plus speakers for working on this stuff these days. I’m glad your site is so mobile-friendly. Your family sounded great on this. It’s really fun to be working on it!December 24, 2015 at 1:56 PM #30313
Thanks Cricket! It is one of my favorite waltz tunes, and I love all of the above versions.November 1, 2016 at 7:25 PM #42627
Heard this played by a fellow on the accordion a couple weeks back at a church fun show and had forgotten what a neat song it is. Am squeezing this into my morning practice and may try to get the family involved a bit as you did. You and the girls all did a marvelous job on it too. May dig out a elderly type accordion and try it on that too. you have an enjoyable site and I look forward to each lesson.November 1, 2016 at 7:32 PM #42631
Oh good…let’s hear it, please, Ruckydoo!November 2, 2016 at 4:51 PM #42672
I second! Put it in the Lion’s Den when you get a chance!November 18, 2016 at 2:34 PM #43103
Am attempting to learn Faded Love on fiddle and accordion. Enjoy it immensely now that I’m hearing it again on BGD. Got the melody in my head by hearing Bob Wills on a tiny radio station in northern Minnesota. This site is resurrection lots of my childhood memories! I’ll be playing some of this stuff in the local nursing homes soon…I hope.November 18, 2016 at 2:49 PM #43108
Ralph, I hope to hear you play it sometime!January 15, 2017 at 10:34 AM #45199
I’m new as you will read :) How do I know when I should be playing 2nd or 3rd position. For instance, E string, 4 (4); 2 and 3 circled ?
LauraJanuary 15, 2017 at 6:32 PM #45221
Hi Laura, here is a link to an in-depth lesson on the various hand positions that you will find in the tablature:
Below is a picture of the finger and hand positions, which includes the actual notes on the G string for all the positions.
If you need to be out of the first position, there will be a circled note below the tablature that lets you know which finger to use when you play the note (1 through 4).
Before we go any futher, I need to admit that I’m a little red-faced. The measure you are having an issue with actually has a typo that I didn’t catch, and this is probably what has confused you. This is the 24th measure of the “Willie” versions of Faded Love.
I have fixed this, and you may now download the updated version of the tablature on the lesson page. On measure 24 of the Willie version, you should see (3L) instead of (4) on the tablature on the A string. Here is what the updated version looks like:
On the A string, (3L) is an F# note, and you should play it with the third finger. On the E string, 4 is an B note, and you should play it with your second finger. Your hand will be in the third position.
For the next grouping, your third finger remains on the F# on note he A string while your first finger plays 4L on the E string, which is an A# note.
Please accept my apologies for the typo!January 16, 2017 at 5:59 PM #45244
After years of playing guitar, I absolutely love learning the fiddle and I enjoy your lessons.
LauraJanuary 19, 2017 at 11:47 PM #45287
I hope to hear you play at some point!July 15, 2017 at 3:34 AM #51460
I found this video of Katie Holmes of Asleep at the Wheel playing “Faded Love”. Some of this is very tricky and advanced with no assistance from any notation.
However, from about 3.36, there is a part that sounds rather good.
Any ideas on notating this out?
Thanks.July 15, 2017 at 7:20 PM #51500
That sounds great! I like her idea of playing the Bobby Hicks voicings on the A and E.July 15, 2017 at 8:37 PM #51502
Faded Love is just so cool for fiddling…just sets itself up for great variations.July 19, 2017 at 10:45 AM #51708
John (Tait), I’ve posted this before, but it would be good to have it on this thread also. This is a great incentive booster for Faded Love. Tessa is a Kentucky girl that has gone to the top internationally and is winning highest competitions all over with a great classic fiddle. Of course we all know Mark. This is beautiful. I can’t explain what it feels like to my ears to listen to this…and obviously they recognize it as a winner also, from their looks at the end…July 22, 2017 at 12:07 PM #51917
I hadn’t noticed before how much of the time Tessa is playing double stops. A lot of this she is playing double stops and it’s so perfect it sounds like she’s just doing a normal harmony.July 22, 2017 at 12:31 PM #51918
That’s so good I feel like burning my fiddles right now…lol.July 22, 2017 at 3:33 PM #51934
She is incredible.July 25, 2017 at 10:13 PM #52008
So I have been working on Faded Love because it seems to be played a lot but speaking of variations. . . I just learned this GREAT variation. Well, I like it a lot anyway. I have only been working on it about 3 days so I can only work in about half of the variations but here is a video of the lady playing it who taught it to me. I am the one in the striped shirt so skip on past me to the lady in the dress and listen to her variation. Another couple of days and I think I will have it. When I get it , I will post a better video. My husband was still ordering ice cream when we started playing so he wasn’t quite prepared to record. He has been reprimanded for not paying attention. lolJuly 25, 2017 at 10:14 PM #52009July 26, 2017 at 10:25 AM #52015
You all sounded great! That is an awesome version. Thank you for sharing it. I’m so glad you found a good jam in Gold Hill. It looks like a wonderful environment.July 26, 2017 at 10:40 AM #52019
Sounds very good…definitely more fun that ice cream…lol! We’re those Christmas decorations on the doorway????July 26, 2017 at 10:10 PM #52060
You know it’s a good jam when the Christmas ornaments stay up year-round. :)
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