Old Joe Clark

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  • #6308
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    Old Joe Clark: This is the classic that everyone has to learn at some point in their fiddle career!

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/old-joe-clark-fiddle-lesson/

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    #7413
    peggys
    peggys
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    I just started this one last night and my ear wants to take over….like a good dance partner it needs to let my arm lead…still zigging when I should zag, but better than when I first started.

    #7421
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    Ha I know what you are talking about. I was teaching the shuffle tonight with a class of beginners, and I would have them hold onto their bow while I held it in the middle and played the shuffle pattern on the strings. It is funny at first how they try to go the wrong speed and direction, and their hand comes off the bow, but soon they get the hang of it and are shuffling right along with me! “Boil Them Cabbage Down” is a good one for easy shuffle practice.

    #7425
    peggys
    peggys
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    If I wasn’t so far away I think I’d be taking up a seat in that class John! Sitting here on an island in the great lakes I’ll have to do the on-line version…“Boil Them Cabbage Down” will be on my to do list tonight.
    Thanks for the tip!

    #12812
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
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    Thanks John, you have on this very day and well just only a moment ago,made my dream come true, how to express jumping with joy while typing… It all started about a year ago or so, I learned ste annes reel for the towns people , and then Eidlewiss for a friend and then I stumbled upon that one youtube video on how to play fast , where you teach this o so cool run in D using the shuffle, and G major scale up and down, witch I practiced and played every time I got a chance, and that was all BEFORE joining Blurgrassdaddy, after joining , and discovered Old Joe Clark, I started from 80 in Aug to 110 by Oct and JUST HIT 140 COMFORTABLY, NO PAINS IN MEE RRRIST. Laddie I am feeling rejoiced beyond words.
    Thanks again, made my day
    GU :O)
    will submit in the LIONS DEn…soon

    #12831
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    Hot dog, Gu! 140 is getting up there where a hoe-down ought to be played. I am looking forward to hearing this one in the Lion’s Den!

    #12962
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    Thanks John, Dee hoe-down is the goal, although, theres not much musiciens around here other then deer , Moose, Rabbit, Partridge, Owls, cows dogs and cats, oh and not to forget the resonating echoes off the mountain tops…Just kidding, there are hoe-down types, but its not fast hoe downing, its like slow slow slow french country music, but I do get to play brakes and what not, but the feeling is not as o so cool as good old Bluegrass hoe downing, the nice thing , is next time, I wont just be playing double stops, I ll be able to through in some yeehaw 1/8 notes !
    And , I do understand its not just the speed but the beauty and clean notes are just as important if not more…
    Thanks
    Gu

    #12966
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
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    Ok, couple hours later , I take it back, um….140 just made me shake and just slurred through it a couple of times, shuffled it once not too bad and picked up a couple of new notes and double stop fun and even third position playing open E with first finger on E up the A string and did some fun 123 with E Fsharp and G all while playing the E, aww anyways…I should just play it in a camera and send it in, it will be more fun. It is possible some days we play better then others , humh. Last night was better.Or ….maybe not, Ya better on the 1/8 notes and true to old Joe but tonight I learned new things so, no complaints. Im going to do it again now.Only back to 125 :O)
    Thanks
    Gu

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    #13028
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    That’s fine, Gu, don’t rush it! It is much better to get a song sounding right at a slower speed. Only crank it up if you feel comfortable with it!

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    fiddler330
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    In your video performance above you seem to be going way faster than 140. How fast are you going?

    Louise

    #66942
    John (BGD)
    John (BGD)
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    Great question… In the performance I am playing the notes as if they are 16th notes at 140 BPM. However, since I tabbed the notes as 8th notes, I should probably say that I am playing them at 280 BPM.

    In other words, I am playing the notes at a rate of 560 per minute.

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