Orange Blossom Special
August 30, 2014 at 12:14 AM #8360
Orange Blossom SpecialAugust 30, 2014 at 3:21 PM #8385
Sweet!August 31, 2014 at 9:32 AM #8390
Thanks Harlan! Hope to see you posting a performance of this soon! I won’t be making the trip with my brothers to Winfield this year. My day-job is just too overwhelming right now. I am thinking more and more of just staying home and teaching full time.September 3, 2014 at 10:46 PM #8511September 4, 2014 at 12:23 AM #8519
Oh man what a prodigy. This kid is for real. I have not met him, but I am a HUGE fan. He lives about 90 minutes away in Piney Flatts, TN, and I know his teacher.September 4, 2014 at 10:04 AM #8527
Definitely a prodigy. It’s amazing how naturally his music comes. And, that’s not to discount the hours I’m sure he’s put into learning and practicing. There are actually some videos where he’s playing in contests around 5 years old. He was on Jay Leno’s show last year, too.
The best part is that he seems to enjoy playing so much.September 5, 2014 at 2:01 AM #8561
Plus he’s a good singer! This kid has such a great ear for music.September 10, 2014 at 10:05 PM #8623September 11, 2014 at 1:48 AM #8692
I posted this last night but it was a victim of the migration. So here it is again, cited not quite verbatim due to some of my famous editing. Thank goodness for my photographic memory! Now I can start crying all over again … and again … and ……!!!
This child is making my cry! 🙂 Here is another vid of him at just four years of age! So cute!
Maybe we need to have a “Carson Peters” forum happening here!
If I were a kid just starting out on my fiddle journey then Carson Peters would be my hero. But I am no kid! I am an adult beginner and this kid is embarrassing the daylights out of me! Therefore, I have decided NOT to post “Week 2” of my video log. I will simply let my intended video log die a quick and painless death in order to save any further embarrassment, as well as my reputation!
Seriously — I think Carson Peters is the young Mozart of the 21st Century fiddlers.
Two very supportive thumbs up from me, Carson! You ROCK!!!! 🙂September 15, 2014 at 10:08 AM #8772
If I could be about 1/100th as good as that little feller I’d be pretty happy!!! He’s GOOD! I have a 4 yr old grandson I would love to get going learning fiddling with his granny, but can’t seem to keep him still long enough to show him anything much…lol…well it’s tough enough learning on my own! This Carson, though…wow! Whenever time allows I’d like to try learning this one…too busy to try it right at the moment. Thanks for all the great videos, though! I’m going to see Michael Cleveland, who’s coming here to town in a few days…another former child prodigy to put all us old struggling folks to shame…lol…maybe he’ll blow us all away with this one that night! I hope so…I’m sure anything he plays will be good stuff!September 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM #8792
Oh man I am also such a huge Michael Cleveland fan. And yes, I remember when he was just a little kid when I first saw him during a Pete Wernick Youth Allstars showcase. I was totally blown away. Here is a clip from that showcase in Owensboro, KY. I was actually there that night. You’ll also see a young Chris Thille on the mandolin, Cody Kilby on banjo and guitar, and Josh Williams on banjo. Cleveland is 12 or 13 years old here.
Here is another clip from that same showcase event, where Michael jams out on OBS with Doc Watson. They also talk some about their mutual visual handicap.
Here he is playing an extended version of OBS. Flawless! You’ll hear some of the same riffs that I teach here at BluegrassDaddy.com.September 15, 2014 at 9:07 PM #8795
Wow…I can’t wait to see him!September 23, 2014 at 12:25 PM #9072
Well Michael Cleveland just blew me away the other night. I was in the front row, about 10 ft away from him…he ended the night with Orange blossom Special…there are no words…I’m all outta words! He’s way beyond anything else I’ve ever heard.September 23, 2014 at 2:18 PM #9081
I told you! He is one of the most awesome fiddlers I have ever heard.September 24, 2014 at 7:50 PM #9166
Yes he sure is. Now one of these days soon, when I can get organized enough to start…gonna take a shot at learning this Orange Blossom Special…better have a pot of coffee on hand for that! Several pots of coffee!September 25, 2014 at 12:37 AM #9188
Please do! I would love to hear you playing that one. I’ve had a lot of hits on OBS but it is mostly one-month advanced fiddlers who stop in barely long enough to download the tablature and jam tracks and then they’re gone. After “Black Mountain Rag” I am going to spend more time developing the beginner / intermediate side of things!October 5, 2014 at 9:08 AM #9646
I have to get to this one and Blac Mt Rag. I play guitar and clawhammer banjo in a local very amateur band. The weird thing is our regular fiddler is out sick indefinitely and they’ve gradually let me scratch out more and more things on fiddle. This has really taken up a lot of what small amounts of practice time I’ve got. I can’t cone close to all that hot Fiddlin our regular fiddler does— playing any song in any key, etc., but they are adapting to what I can do as a self-taught, 5 1/2 year fiddler. Anyway, I really wanna learn this stuff if I can ever get to it! I need to spend time on the easier stuff on here too…there’s so much to learn! This hard stuff draws me in! I have always wanted to tear through Black Mt.Rag. I can freak people out with Maiden’s Prayer by now, but I keep my Gardenia Waltz in the closet…lol..afraid it’ll hurt somebody’s ears! One day, though…it’s comin out too!October 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM #9650
On your mark, get set… ready to start…may the force be with me!October 6, 2014 at 11:42 PM #9690
🙂 Hope it is going well, Cricket. Can’t be as hard as lifting a spaceship with your mind!October 8, 2014 at 3:22 PM #9836
Well I’m gonna have to try both before I can objectively compare!November 5, 2014 at 6:16 PM #11349
Wow, John, this is the first measure-by-measure video that I’ve watched here (I’m a newbie subscriber). It’s beautiful because it has such detail — I can see you, see the marks on your bow, hear your words, see a close up of your fingers, watch the bouncing blue ball, hear the notes, and track the beat and notes along on the PDF sheet music you’ve provided.
For an advanced song like OBS, that measure-by-measure video teaching method is worth its weight in gold. Easily the best one on the net. (Now for the scary part — I thought I read somewhere on these forums that you’re going to stop measure-by-measure, and switch to call-and-response instead.
I can see c-and-r for simple songs, but not for material like this (slides, pings, verbal tips that don’t show on the PDF, etc). Measure-by-measure is the clear winner for this level of play, I think.
And that’s because a lot of the magic in such playing is in the ornaments, slides, hammer-ons, and tricks, rather than just in the skeleton notes of the songs. So I hope you keep doing measure-by-measure for the tricky stuff.November 5, 2014 at 7:28 PM #11353
Thanks Kevin! I am really going back and forth on that idea. I am posting Sweet Georgia Brown (probably this evening) as more of a call and response, and I really don’t know if that is the best way to address the song. I would really like to my subscribers to let me know what they think on the issue. If the new method is not working as well, I will go back to the measure-by-measure on the intermediate songs.November 6, 2014 at 1:49 AM #11409
I think the measure-by measure method is pure gold! Well, at least it is for my beginner fingers. 🙂March 31, 2015 at 11:03 PM #20311
I just love it all. All of it, every way lesson and every other way lesson, having not noticed there were different styles of teaching here.It s Midnight and I just watched John play OBS in both Country and Bluegrass and I m all in. I want to listen to it all night . And if I pass out ,I`keep it playing till I wake up :O)
Cant wait for this lesson. Wonder how long it will take me to get it up to speed? Jerusalem Ridge took me 5 months :O ) So worth it by the way. There is no time, there is only songs played .
Neither could I tell if John gained or loss wait :O)
I ma go listen to it again now :O)
Great job John :O)
GUApril 1, 2015 at 12:12 AM #20319
Thanks! I am really looking forward to hearing you play this in the Lion’s Den, Gu.June 1, 2016 at 9:38 AM #36957
<p>Haven’t seen this one of the young Michael Cleveland before. I’ve been picking him up on YouTube for last couple months and absolutely enjoy seeing him perform. What a fiddler! </p>June 1, 2016 at 8:51 PM #37019
<p>Oh no…I’ve been reminded…OBS…I’ve been too busy to learn ANYTHING, lately, I really need to keep this one up there in my PLEASE LEARN list! Everybody always asks to hear this one!</p>June 1, 2016 at 9:41 PM #37023
Cricket, you have to learn this one!June 15, 2016 at 1:24 PM #37255
<p>My fiddle teacher, Jeff Guensey, plays with him sometimes. Says he’s a freak of nature on the guitar and mandolin too. </p>June 17, 2016 at 12:25 AM #37274
I’m sure! Some people ooze talent. He squirts it!
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