McClanahan's march

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  • #47385

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    I just learned this (very catchy) wonderfully old-timey tune.

    How can I improve it?

    #47389

    Joe
    Participant

    Nice Kaeleigh. Sounds good like it is. Throw a little back up music in there and you have it.

    #47394
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Wow…you’re are pplaying it so good!  Is that Scottish?  It sounds so close to one I just posted a few days back, called Old Mother Flannagan…wondering if one derived from the other.  Anyway, it sounds like you’ve played it for a long while…sure doesn’t sound like you just learned it.  Very nice job!  Nice tune!

    #47412

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    Thank you! I don’t know if it’s Scottish. McClanahan sounds Scottish, I suppose. I hope it is 🙂

    #47416
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    You’re playing a buncha nice tunes, wherever they come from…very good stuff!

    #47421

    Angela
    Participant

    Oh my goodness, Kaeleigh….you are getting SO GOOD!  That was amazing.  It was clear, crisp, in tune, in time….woohoo!!

    AND…it sounded like a bugle call.  I don’t know if that’s what it’s supposed to be, but it sort of sounded like it a little.

    Thanks for posting your tunes.  I am so inspired by your progress.  :^)

    #47422
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
    Participant

    Very nice work!

    #47440

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    It does sound like a bugle melody! Your bowstrokes are getting so much more confident. The droning was beautiful in the last B part. Great job!

    Intonation is good — you could work on really getting E3 in tune on first strike, without needing to make any slides or adjustments.

    Thank you for posting! It is a beautiful tune and you played it well.

    #47470

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    Thank you Mr. Cockman! I’ll work on the intonation.

    Are there any civil war songs that you can think of that would go nicely with this one?

    #47472
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Is Listen to the Mockingbird a Civil War era song?   Do you need songs from the battlefield or from that era?  Are you playing for a Civil War event?  Am I asking too many questions?🤔

    #47473
    ljrock
    ljrock
    Participant

    John,

    Adding this to BIAB. Can you tell me, is this tune in “cut time”? Thanks, Larry

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by ljrock ljrock.
    #47475
    ljrock
    ljrock
    Participant

    Great tune and confidence is definitely coming through.

    #47480
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Very nice as always, Kaeleigh!

    #47498
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
    Participant

    Kathleen mavourneen is a beautiful song from the CW era that I’ve wanted to learn on the violin but lack expertise at this point.  Bet you’d do a splendid job of it!

    #47499

    Angela
    Participant

    How about Great High Mountain

     

    #47531

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    Thank you for the suggestions! I’d never even heard some of those!

    I’m going to play for a civil war reenactment in May and I’d like to have a bunch of tunes to just know.

    #47533
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    You certainly could use Ashokan Farewell, as only a fiddler would really know it wasn’t written for more than a hundred years later.  Even at that it’s still identified with the war because of the documentary, and it would probably be the most recognized tune you play.

    #47534

    Angela
    Participant

    Good point Roger.

    Kaleigh, you probably know this but Soldiers Joy is a CW song.

    #47535
    Icebike
    Icebike
    Participant

    “Battle Cry of Freedom” is a good Civil War tune.  It can be played either as a dirge or a lively march.

     

    #47569

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    Great ideas! I’ve thought of throwing in ‘little rose is gone’? but I don’t know if it sounds right.

    #47576
    fiddlewood
    fiddlewood
    Participant

     

    Here is a link to a fiddle hangout discussion listing many CW tunes.

    civil war tunes

    #47762

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Great link, Dave.

    ljrock, this is song is in 4/4 with no cut measure.

    Kaeleigh have you been able to speed this song up a little bit? I think it would make a great reel.

    #47790
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    Great ! You and your fiddle sound so very authentic stylish right ON the button , how to play that better ? I think it was perfect !

    #47857

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    Thanks everyone! Yes, Mr. Cockman, I have sped it up quite a bit and I love the sound- I’m going to play it for my reenactment next month. Does anyone know the history of this tune? I couldn’t find it.

    #47869

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Well, it’s not really a march. You can find this tune under “Callahan’s Reel” or “The Last of Callahan” or simply “Callahan.” It’s a widespread old-time tune, and is usually attached to the legend of the “hanged fiddler.” This legend goes that a condemned fiddler (this time a Kentucky fiddler named Callahan) asks to play one last tune while either standing in his coffin or while sitting on a horse with a noose around his neck. If anyone can match him, he will give them his fiddle as a farewell gift. He plays this tune. When no one steps forward, he smashes the fiddle over the back of his coffin, or else on the back of the horse (bad idea).

    #48144

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    Thank you for the (somewhat gruesome) history lesson Mr. Cockman!

    I tried to speed it up here a little bit- does it sound any better?

    Also, I’m trying to play without backing tracks or anything, because I’ll be playing alone for this performance.

     

    #48145
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Sounds great!

    #48151
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Great job,  Kaeleigh!

    #48158

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    Thank you! I realized belatedly that I had the date wrong for my Civil war performance, and it’s actually next Wednesday 🙂

    I thought I had two more weeks!

    #48161

    Joe
    Participant

    Nice kaeleigh. Your doing great.

    #48227

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    This is wonderful! I love the way you sped up on the second go-round. Your double stops sound great. You couldn’t have done that a year ago! The bowing was strong and confident with minimum bounces, drags and squeaks. I am very proud of this tune! I would say that you sound very much like an authentic 1860s fiddler. Well done!

    #48234
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Kaeleigh,  You have quit a list of songs.  Good going,  keep it up!

    #48356

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    Thank you Mr. Cockman!!! I’m trying,  but I came very near panicking when I realized that I only had five days instead of twenty!

    #48357
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    The panic is part of the fun…some people get it because they are flying up to the space station…we get it because we get to play music for others…lol…cheaper, at least.  I’m sure you’ll do a great job!

    #48359
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Kaeleigh,  after you get started your thoughts will be on your music.  I think you will do great too.

    #48375

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Coming up Wednesday! You’ll do great.

    It seems like someone else here had something coming up on Wednesday, but I can’t remember what it was.

    #48589
    Great Scott
    Great Scott
    Moderator

    Hi Kaeleigh, I am looking forward to hearing you play this tune.  I forgot to bring a set of ear buds with me, and I only have access to a very well used set of headphones that come with the public computer.  No thank you!!!!!  I won’t use  earphones that every other Tom, Dick and Harry… and Sue Ellen have been using. (Yes, Sue Ellen likes to listen to opera music.  She even tries to sing like Maria Callas!!!!!!   Not good when I am trying to get some sleep! 🙂   )

    I was just thinking:  maybe I could scrape all the ear wax out of the public headphones and make some nice candles to give away for Christmas presents.  Either way, I will try to remember to bring my ear buds next time I am on the computer.

    #48637

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Great Scott, when that happens to me I usually just break a magnet off the back of one of the blackboard letters in the kids section, then disconnect the wall transformer from the aquarium or electric pencil sharpener. I then remove the winding from the transformer and wrap it about twenty times around the mangnet. Next ground one end of the winding to the computer case then stick the other end into the headphone jack of the computer. Finally, tape a paper cone onto the coil and magnet and — voila! Stick the whole thing into your ear and enjoy the sweet sounds of The Last of Callahan. 🙂

    #48679
    Great Scott
    Great Scott
    Moderator

    Thank you for your very encouraging work-around, John.  I am afraid they may hold me liable if anything were to happen to their aging core 2 Celeron computer.  Next time… NEXT time… I will try to remember to bring my own earphones.

    P.S.  Surely you mean… Viola!!!!  I had a garden full of them a few years ago after I was left stranded here.  O so pretty and very nice to eat.  Full of anti-oxidants!  Now I am feeling hungry.   🙁  I might have to raid someone’s flower garden after I leave here.

    #48693

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I did mean viola, thank you! The season will soon be right here for eating a salad of violets, day lilies, and sour grass. I can’t wait!

    PS~ You may want to eat your half of the salad first… Llamas tend to do a lot of drooling!

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