February 2, 2015 at 1:32 PM #16688February 2, 2015 at 1:32 PM #16610fiddle campParticipant
Heres to six more weeks of winter !February 2, 2015 at 5:17 PM #16617
John, that was a beautiful song, how did you find it. Are you going to play it the next day and the next and so on? 🙂February 2, 2015 at 8:05 PM #16630peggysParticipant
Now THAT’s a tune to learn…I’ve got a whole year before I’ll need it, but I’m sure I’ll be ready!February 2, 2015 at 10:14 PM #16646
Nice ! One of our old time favorites here , me and my wife sang this one up in Alaska, its a classic there. Been a long while and almost forgot, thanks for sharing , got me dancing and Jasmyn was singing in the back ground.
Since this got me reminiscing, I got this one short story that happened back in 99 at the Talkeetna Bluegrass festival in Alaska. I was selling my hand made Elderberry flutes with Jasmyn (my wife) and our best friend Jordan and her boy friend Johny 2 Beards , and so …This festival was all week end and my responsibility was the craft booth and I could not stop imagining playing up there on stage while every song it would seem got me feeling like fiddling some. But I had to stay put . :O( Finally ! On the Sunday morning I had told myself I would go for a walk and go jam some with campers out on the hill. So , me and Jasmyn took a stroll teeny hike up the hill and I started hearing some kind of Angelic resonating beautiful music and I couldn’t tell if it was from up hill or that the first band in the morning back down the hill started up. But my keen sense and desire to play along made me go up hill and the music sure did started getting louder and louder and before too long I definitely could tell there was some fiddles in there. I am getting so eager to get to the jam session and had no idea what was about to blow my mind. Finally , I not only knew it was fiddling but many many many fiddlers almost like an orchestra !My heart was pounding that I had never heard such amazing songs coming out of the deep bush and I had just had an 3 year introduction to bluegrass playing double stops in a Local trio, but never knew much about the jiggs and shuffling 1/8 th notes melodies. The most I had learned was a waltz and one reel of Montreal, witch I loved playing…So as I got reel close I was holding my wife’s hand pretty hard and just could not believe what my eyes were seeing when connected to what my ears where hearing… About 40 or so maybe even 60 or 80 people mostly adults but a couple of kids too were all sitting on logs and portable chairs and some standing and some on the forest green moss ALL playing the same song with fiddles and cellos and base and I walked into that carrying the Captain that was just given to me. A super wow moment, Hobbit like setting , I could not stop smiling, people looked at me like I was one of them ! I did not know any of those songs but I was able to find and keep up with parts of tunes and often just played along with chords that fit with the tune jamming. It really was the most amazing fiddling experience and got me thinking about how the culture where I had grown up was so different from this one but yet I felt more at home there then anywhere . Thats when I realized I had so much to learn. That was 16 years ago, and I feel like it was yesterday. Only this time in my mind I am playing along ! Thanks to BGD I really could jamm along with some of the classics. I recommend the Talkeetna bluegrass festival to everyone. The entire state of Alaskas Old time and new time fiddlers gather there. It s a life time of Joy. What a dream, thanks for helping making me feel fiddle songs like I always wanted to .
Thanks John and fiddle family,
Gu :O)February 2, 2015 at 11:07 PM #16656
Gu, that is a great experience you had and a wonderful way you told it to us. Thank you for sharing that with us. Thank you also for your positive vibe here!
Alaska, here I come!February 3, 2015 at 1:12 AM #16690
Gu, I felt like I was right there with you. What a beautiful moment. Wouldn’t it be great to freeze time during moments like that one? Just slow time down so that you can experience and enjoy every single facet of it? It passes by so fast. I tried to find info on Talkeetna and it looks like the festival management called it quits in 2011 due to all the red tape imposed by the local Borough. What a shame! But Talkeetna will live on in the beautiful memories of the music lovers who gathered there.February 3, 2015 at 1:30 AM #16710
We worked late and got the lesson up just as Groundhog Day was expiring. I hope you enjoy it!February 3, 2015 at 2:27 AM #16716
Kudos, John! 🙂February 3, 2015 at 3:09 AM #16718
Enjoy it? Are you kidding, John? I luv, luv, luvd it! And why did you luv, luv,luv it, Scott? Because it was fab, fab, FAB, John! Kinda reminded me of Old Joe Clark.
I just watched it as soon as I knew you had finished making it. You did a fine job with this one! A mighty fine job! Loved every second of it!February 3, 2015 at 4:58 AM #16720
Thanks Scott! It’s a great tune.February 3, 2015 at 8:53 AM #16728JustineParticipant
Your lesson on Groundhog is wonderful, John! It’s actually more than one lesson and we can learn the difference between the types of shuffles.
Gu, thank you for describing that wonderful festival in Alaska! How wonderful to have so many people playing!February 3, 2015 at 12:07 PM #16745GoldberryParticipant
Great tune, John! Thank you for teaching such a wide range of tunes. It’s fun to see a new tune and just pick it up quickly. This was one of those. It helps to keep me excited about playing.February 3, 2015 at 12:18 PM #16746
Hi everyone, just a little embarrass here, the story I told was just right after the Tallkeetna festival it is still going on strong and much less red tape at the ” CANTWELL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL JULY 25,26,27 CONTACT INFO: JANET 388-2709″. John I was just thinking if ever you and your family want to visit the great north Alaska, “The Cockman Family”-Dedicated could no doubt get the gig and would help pay for travels …There is a number of festivals in a row and would probably book your s right up. They would be honored to have you all up there.
And thanks for the lesson, have a great day :O)
GuFebruary 3, 2015 at 12:42 PM #16747
[quote=16710]We worked late and got the lesson up just as Groundhog Day was expiring. I hope you enjoy it![/quote]
Wow ! Just heard the lesson, very awesome John, thanks so much for the hard work and amazing results, those shuffles are going to help A LOT for me, most songs they play here in french are in D and G . After these lessons I will be able to add some quality shuffling to their songs and with colour. Your lessons are so much what I need to learn.The ground Hog melodies fit way too well on a lot of tunes :O)
GuMarch 13, 2015 at 10:06 PM #19292AngelaParticipant
Missed this convo in real time. Great lesson, John. So much info in this one…and such a fun tune.
And, Gu…I love the story! You’re a good storyteller. I’m with John on that one…felt like I was right there with you and Jasmyn (what a pretty name).
Phew…so much to learn on this site. As John Denver would say, “I’d play my fiddle all day if I could, but the wife and the Lord wouldn’t take it too good. So, I fiddle when I can and work when I should!!”March 14, 2015 at 12:30 AM #19297
John Denver’s “Thank God I’m a Country Bow” pretty much sums up my personal philosophy. 🙂March 14, 2015 at 8:56 AM #19305
That is the first time I have heard you claim W. NC as country Bow or boy. I thought you were blue grass all the way John.March 14, 2015 at 12:52 PM #19307
Haha I meant “Country Boy.” Too much talk about bows here lately! You are absolutely right, Rock. We will hereby change the lyrics to “Thank God I’m a Bluegrass Boy.” However, then people might think that I used to play in Bill Monroe’s band. Plus it’s hard to fit the word into the song using the right timeing. “Thank God I’m a Fiddle Boy?” That seems to work!March 14, 2015 at 1:51 PM #19317
Ha! John, I thought you meant to put “bow” there. 🙂
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