Orange Blossom Special
November 5, 2014 at 6:16 PM #11349kevinjParticipant
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 #11409Great ScottModerator
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 #20311nagumaqParticipant
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 #36957ruckydooParticipant
<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 #37019cricketParticipant
<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 #37255fiddle campParticipant
<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!July 9, 2020 at 10:40 PM #85240lisabParticipant
Years later, this is a Godsend. My brother has requested that I learn this as well. Listening to some of the wonderful fiddlers out there (Chubby Wise comes to mind), there was no way I thought I’d ever learn it since it was just a bit above “Twinkle Twinkle” lol.
Thanks to this lesson, it just might be doable!!July 10, 2020 at 7:33 AM #85244cricketParticipant
Uh-oh…all this time has gone by and have I learned it???? I was working on it back when John first put it up…husband had a post retirement job that kept him out until about 2:30 a.m. I sat with our only little doggie, Cricket, up at night working on tunes from the site…half asleep…Cricket always in my lap while I played…he quit the job because the hours were terrible…after that, I went to sleep at night instead of staying up learning tunes…lol. Time flies. I have to get back to it before another 6 years run by.July 11, 2020 at 10:09 PM #85256lisabParticipant
Your little fur baby’s name is Cricket? How cool is that. Ours is Roscoe.
Maybe we can encourage each other to continue working on OBS. Just might be doable!
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