Listen to the Mockingbird
February 13, 2016 at 3:20 AM #33124
This is an online fiddle lesson for the bluegrass tune “Listen to the Mockingbird” by Septimus Winner (lyrics) and Richard Milburn (tune).
See the full post at: Listen to the MockingbirdFebruary 13, 2016 at 9:32 AM #33137
WOW! This makes me so happy! I’m glad I finally got through B U & P, so I can get right back into a new challenge! This is great!February 13, 2016 at 9:40 AM #33139
Wow, wow for sure , wooooohoooo, Yahoo, jumpin jimini crickets with all the fun going on in there John ! Just amazing.
Merci , thanks so much, they love that one arround here they call it, l oiseau Moking …
GuFebruary 13, 2016 at 9:42 AM #33140
This looks like so much fun…February 13, 2016 at 9:43 AM #33141
Gu…we HAVE to learn this one! I’m glad I worked so hard at getting those double shuffles for back up and push, now.
February 13, 2016 at 12:59 PM #33148
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COOL! John, I hope to have this one down by morning! (Of 20/20)
Love this tune and you did it great! 🙂February 13, 2016 at 2:26 PM #33149
Oh yeah, I love it , Way to go John. I can’t thank you enough for this.
Sincerely Bruce.February 13, 2016 at 7:18 PM #33156
I remember when I was young and stayed the summers here in Tn. I always asked papa…please play the mocking bird. He was old and had the family curse but sometimes he would get his old fiddle and play it for me. He would get done and I’d say play it again! He didn’t feel good enough to play it the first time. This song really brings back those wonderful memories of him. Thank you for doing this one, John! 🙂February 13, 2016 at 7:21 PM #33158
Bravo John! You rocked that competition number! Of course, the old time version was awesome as well. So inspiring.February 14, 2016 at 5:21 AM #33172
Wonderful rendition, John, and played to perfection. Hearing you play this song, I can only dream. Bravo! 🙂February 14, 2016 at 11:11 PM #33234
Got to try it for the first time just now, tonight. Challenging…but I think Back Up and Push has got me ready to try! Anybody else tried it yet? I hope I can find more time with it…it’s been a low-music week…drives me nuts waiting for time to practice! I can’t wait to really dig in and work on it!February 15, 2016 at 4:08 PM #33253
Thanks everyone. It is a challenging song, but worth learning. The beginner version is beautiful, too. I didn’t really make an intermediate version of this song, but the first verse and chorus of the advanced breaks makes a nice upper-intermediate part.February 15, 2016 at 4:59 PM #33257
John, I ordered one of those no fret stickers just for them high up the neck songs.February 15, 2016 at 5:56 PM #33260
That is a great idea. It will help you sound good on the low notes too. 🙂
I have found that you need to cut out a notch for your thumb, or else it gets moved around some.February 15, 2016 at 6:16 PM #33266
I watched that video. I have learned of late to watch and read very carefully. However when it comes in I will watch again, no joke.February 15, 2016 at 11:35 PM #33317
I absolutely love the Don’t Fret sticker. I don’t like to force things on students, but I do highly recommend it! Especially if I have a class with mixed levels, I really try to make the younger and newer fiddlers use the sticker. I buy them in bulk and just pass them around!February 16, 2016 at 10:45 PM #33359
Oh my goodness! I don’t know how I missed this! That was an absolutely amazing rendition of the song! I had to play it several times so everyone in my family could hear!
This is also one of my favorite songs! It’s funny, because I was just looking for a civil war era song to learn! Very exciting!February 16, 2016 at 11:22 PM #33362
Yowzer awesome John. I’m gonna have to quit my day job to work on all this! You’ve outdone yourself. This was one of my grandmother’s favorites. She played a simple version of it. Thanks!February 17, 2016 at 2:26 PM #33388
Thanks! I did include a simple old-time version with lyrics is you more a more authentic version than the bluegrass competition tune.February 22, 2016 at 12:09 PM #33610
Here are a group of my fiddle campers playing Listen to the Mockingbird this summer. They only learned it the previous week!February 22, 2016 at 1:26 PM #33611
Hi John, Could I get the password for the lesson, please? Was fun listening to the fiddle campers doing the tune! You need my email addy?February 22, 2016 at 1:43 PM #33612
Very nice, I love that song! They did it great! I am still doing scales and proper bowing. I might be running out of time to learn any tunes! 🙂 Hoping my no fret sticker comes in today, then watch out! 🙂February 22, 2016 at 5:40 PM #33614
I’ll send you the password. Still no joy with download helper!
Rock, that sticker is going to be a huge help. 🙂 Be really you were sounding very good on Ashokan Farewell. It’s definitely something to be proud of.February 22, 2016 at 6:03 PM #33615
John, thank you very much. I have a long way to go though. Now that my no fret came in I can go way up the neck! Or is it down the neck? I guess it would be up. Seriously though I am going to basically try to start over. It is very hard to do, I keep want to jump in to songs I already know. 🙂February 23, 2016 at 12:07 AM #33620
Wow, John…those fiddle campers are doing great! I wish I could do what they do! I love all the bird sounds at once…lol. They did great, really…I’m impressed!February 23, 2016 at 12:20 AM #33624
They’re good fiddlers, but they’re an even better bunch of kids. I am really proud of them! Any one of them could join a band at this point, and we have a couple of local bands going already. It is cool to watch!
Rock, my younger daughter daughter is learning how to tab as part of her learning instruction, and I am paying her to tab out a set of hymns for me. They are just the melody, but when she finishes I will have a really nice set of intro tunes that will be fun to play along with! I’ll make some pretty jam tracks too. I’m excited about it!February 23, 2016 at 8:57 AM #33633
The kids are so focused and talented there. I’m pained to say the kids around here are more interested in trouble, drugs, etc. that’s why daughter homeschools the grandson. But it’s really cool to see a bunch of kids who are working and serious about something. I’ve always said if these kids up here would get bit by the fiddling bug, they’d stop all the craziness and get to work.February 23, 2016 at 9:22 AM #33635
John, that sounds really cool! They are lucky to have you!
Cricket, I wish I would have started when I was young. They are very good!February 23, 2016 at 2:41 PM #33638
Yes, Rock, me too. If only I could go back! But I’m happy to be playing, fumbling along with it now. I was playing guitar at that age, but there is nothing in the world, to me, like playing the fiddle! Anybody who gets an early start with it has a great advantage! And, I do believe it’s a very positive thing to keep kids productive, focused, and busy.February 23, 2016 at 4:59 PM #33640
You should be happy the way you play! I was playing cowboys and Indians at their age! Oh well I;ll just keep on, I see some improvement I think. 🙂February 24, 2016 at 1:08 AM #33652
These are some great kids. I would like to make a CD this summer called “Fiddle Camp Favorites” or something like that, and feature some of these talented youth.February 24, 2016 at 9:27 AM #33657
that cd might be an inspiration to other kids!February 27, 2016 at 10:48 PM #33826
I started learning this last Saturday and now I can play the basic tune and the chorus with a couple simple double-stops, but I am struggling a bit with the second fiddle break. Would it sound alright sort of simple?February 28, 2016 at 8:58 AM #33835
Kaeleigh, I’m having the same problem. I’m going ahead playing it how I can, and just going over the parts I can’t get here and there at home, figuring I’ll either get them or not, later on. I don’t let a few notes stop me from playing a great tune. I just leave out the stuff I can’t handle, for now. It’s such a great tune and great fun to play. I’m the same way with back up and push…just play what I can handle at jams or wherever, practice the other stuff here and there and figure one day I might get to where I can include that stuff.March 2, 2016 at 2:17 AM #33874
The second break has a few twists in it. You know, it would be perfectly acceptable to just play the first break twice! You can mix in a little bit of the beginner break with it. Stuart Duncan does an amazing job of mixing the melody up without playing it competition-style. (The song starts around 4:40.)March 1, 2019 at 2:01 PM #69652
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve listened to this today…. John, You are fascinating ! You have the contented grin my husband had when he polished the kids shoes on Saturday night and lots of other things he did, but he never managed to do what you do! I’m old but I’m going to rattle my arthritis trying to get at least the simplest rendition of this. I love what you are doing with the youth in your area and truthfully, it’s why I jumped in so quickly when I found your site. I had no idea I would be learning so much or that the camaraderie would be what it is. My daughter wants to take me on a few jaunts and I want one to be to your area while you are doing a summer camp stint. I know it would be a major highlight of any trip. Thanks for your dedication.March 1, 2019 at 4:06 PM #69657
This always reminds me of hearing the mocking bird in the black walnut tree that was just outside my bedroom window back in the hills. Song birds was my favorite thing growing up.March 2, 2019 at 7:56 AM #69669
Thanks. I need to get back to this one! It’s just so fiddly!March 2, 2019 at 2:52 PM #69674
This thread has brought me to the realization that I’ve exceeded the event horizon in my life, where I can no longer squeeze into my day all the music that I’d like to be playing. I love this piece but just don’t have enough hours in the day to play everything I want to anymore, and pieces even at the top of my list go totally neglected. I’m not sure exactly when this happened, but it’s kind of a scary feeling that things are now beyond my control…..
I’d play some scary music with rusty hinges etc. for background music to my post, but I don’t have time…..March 2, 2019 at 5:39 PM #69680
I hear ya on that. I would love to settle in for the evenings, after supper, etc., have some coffee, and play tunes. That’s been my favorite time of day, and really, the only time that’s ever worked out for me much to play music. Now, I have to be on the phone with lonely, elderly family and friends who just need somebody to talk to. It takes up my evenings…that’s when I’d be playing. Thank goodness, Mike tries to help me set aside a day once in a while to go play on the Presonus…the only practice I get is that I get frustrated with myself and go through the fiddle part about 30 times before I just get tired and go ahead and save it…lol. I figure that’s at least some practice time, but not really the way I would like. I need to be available for the ones who call, though…so there ain’t a thing I can do about it. I would sure like to have time to myself to practice a bunch.
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