Over the Waves (Sobre las Olas)
July 6, 2017 at 7:54 AM #50983
This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune “Over the Waves.”
The tune as we know it was adapted from the longer and more difficult waltz titled “Sobre Las Olas” which was written in 1884 by a full-blooded Otomi Indian by the name of Jubentino Rosas. In Mexico he is known as “King of the Waltzes” and there is even a town named after him.July 6, 2017 at 12:46 PM #50993
Thank you John ! This is great.July 6, 2017 at 12:59 PM #50994
Cool! I love this tune…very fiddly! Gotta learn it. Thanks, John! Thanks for requesting it, Steve!July 6, 2017 at 1:41 PM #51001
Wow video 3 is the longest I have seen what a lot of work on your part . If I cant learn from this lesson I am In real trouble. I can’t say enough about this wonderful lesson so how bout Love it , thank you .July 6, 2017 at 4:00 PM #51003
Neat tune..July 7, 2017 at 6:25 AM #51016
I’ve heard this waltz many times but never knew its interesting history. Lovely arrangement! Thank you, John!July 7, 2017 at 10:44 PM #51030
Thanks Steve, and everyone else. If there is anything else you’d like to see on this tune, just let me know.
It sounds great with some harmony, and so I will also add the tabs/notes for a harmony part in case an advanced fiddler wants to play twin.July 8, 2017 at 1:36 AM #51044
GreatJuly 8, 2017 at 6:00 AM #51047
Gets better and better!August 1, 2017 at 9:09 AM #52244
G’Mornin’ Dr. John,
Checked out this Over the Waves tune and was surprised by the name.. Heard it …forever but it was nameless Decided to attempt it and maybe add it to my list of practice tunes. It’s now becoming a regular.
You don’t know how I appreciate getting your description of every note in tab explained as you patiently and thoroughly go through the song. Using the pinky to plug in the 2L and that run of double stops is very helpful and being able to get you in such a a good teaching mood at any time of day is a plus too. You appear to be a happy person!August 2, 2017 at 1:22 AM #52255
Thank you Ralph! I hope to hear you play it sometime. It’s a beautiful song, I’m glad it’s now a part of your regular rotation!August 2, 2017 at 9:54 AM #52276
I am getting close to be able to play this through start to finish . I play it every day multiple times . I still loose my place two out of three times I play it and I sail through the rest spots a lot but will soon get it . LOLAugust 3, 2017 at 6:26 AM #52300
I hope we get to hear it. It’s been on my back burner since I first got my own fiddle, back…8 years ago…I always got lost trying to remember how the B part goes. One of these days I’m gonna get through the lesson and try to get it down.August 3, 2017 at 10:32 AM #52302August 3, 2017 at 2:57 PM #52312
I’ve had this melody in my head all my life, and I’m puzzled where it came from. As a child my Mom had the radio on a lot, and I wonder if I was attracted to this from the radio, & if so why? I know sometimes the Bugs Bunny cartoons would use tunes like this as a background for his antics…I guess as a comparison of utter foolishness with humanity’s highest culture accomplishments?? But I had very little exposure to cartoons until recent years actually. I guess I’ll never know what the significant event was that got this in my head. The song I grew up singing to myself every day is the ‘Humpback Mule’ tune and I don’t ever remember ever hearing anyone sing it…ever. In fact, I often wondered if it was even a real song or just something I made up, until my son came home with it on a video tape. He heard me singing it all his life so much that when he found it he had to bring it home for me. Now it’s on youtube, along with every word that ever been uttered by humanity…August 3, 2017 at 6:29 PM #52313
It was played at the Circus for the flying trapeze act and so on .August 4, 2017 at 7:09 AM #52360
Just realized on the earlier post that I said something quite odd about using the pinky for the 2L Can’t be done so don’t know where that came from? Maybe that’s the problem with my catching on to some songs. Can’t blame you for that one as you said “first finger” and I actually was using the correct one and my hands isn’t deformed. Not a well thought out remark on my part!August 4, 2017 at 10:06 AM #52363
Lol…I can relate with writing posts and then seeing them later, thinking…huh???? Am I just crazy, or what?July 10, 2018 at 12:10 AM #62988
John the [performance track mp3 #1 with fiddle ] is incomplete it stops short of finishing the song .
I was going to use it to do a twin fiddle at the senior citizen centerJuly 10, 2018 at 1:51 AM #62995
Thanks Steve, I’ll check it out.July 11, 2018 at 9:52 AM #63038
Fixed itJuly 11, 2018 at 10:58 AM #63039
Thanks perfect just in time for my event on Friday !July 14, 2018 at 7:26 AM #63133
On Friday the 13th? How’d it go? Did you take Scott’s Friday the 13th precautions?July 14, 2018 at 10:01 AM #63139
Cricket everything went fine , I made a cd with 10 tunes of mp3 performance tracks some with violin so I could get the twin fiddle thing going and all was well , Folks enjoyed it , I played two hours mostly guitar and vocals the fiddle tunes I mixed in about one fiddle tune out of every three or so songs !July 14, 2018 at 1:39 PM #63147
sounds like a great Friday the 13th…extra lucky sounding!July 14, 2018 at 10:43 PM #63160
Steve, I’m glad it worked out! Hope you had a great show.August 9, 2018 at 2:53 AM #64006
Thanks John for this teaching video, AwsomeAugust 9, 2018 at 7:12 AM #64010
That’s a good one, Carl! Chubby Wise sounds great. Here’s one by a favorite fiddler of mine, Clark Kessinger of West Virginia:August 9, 2018 at 8:20 AM #64011
Carl thanks for the video , Are you working on Over the waves ? If you are I look forward to hearing it in the lions den ! I am struggling with Over the Waves and looking forward to getting it right the way I wont it someday !
Cricket this is also a very nice video , all of the old timers improvised , and I personally love the diversity , I am hoping in the future to add my own little things/embellishment’s to the songs and tunes I am learning ! Only time will tell !August 10, 2018 at 8:39 AM #64029
Carl and Cricket, thanks for the videos! Love to hear these different versions by the old masters.
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