The Devil Went Down to Georgia
March 15, 2016 at 1:01 AM #34343
Charlie Daniels most famous song and one I get a lot of requests for. I hope you enjoy!March 15, 2016 at 2:12 PM #34346nagumaqParticipant
Yeehaw John, that was great ! Cant wait, I ve always wanted to learn this one, and people ask for request also all the time, thank you so much !
I noticed 5 different shirts ! You must have spent a lot of time on this one , could tell by the number one quality in your playing , as always , and I love the devil John in red and the angel John in white on top of your shoulders , classic , reminded me of the Flintstones in that funny way .
What a prize piece and lesson ! Amazing !
GuMarch 15, 2016 at 4:40 PM #34354
Oh gosh! This one would be a great thing to know…people love it. More work ahead…lol…keeping us out of trouble! I can’t wait to get the chance to start on this! Thanks, John…you make me feel so lucky! So many great learning opportunities!March 15, 2016 at 9:12 PM #34359
That was pretty neat…I’m glad in red had to go…lol. Finally got time to watch the video…the lessons…lol…one of these days!March 15, 2016 at 10:39 PM #34360AngelaParticipant
Wow. The lessons are awesome and I love the creative drama with the devil and angel.March 15, 2016 at 11:18 PM #34362fiddle campParticipant
So excited for this lesson!March 16, 2016 at 1:54 PM #34368
Haha both Johnny’s break and the Devil’s break have two fiddles, so I thought it would be fun to do the little shoulder-angel and shoulder-devil. Like the song, I guess they are also kind of a metaphor for spiritual warfare, lol. Hope to hear this one from someone in the Lion’s Den eventually!April 6, 2016 at 7:25 AM #34903Bruce StewartParticipant
John this is just an awesome lesson on a great tune. Thanks again for enriching my life with all the great music.April 6, 2016 at 2:38 PM #34932
Thank you Bruce!April 21, 2016 at 2:24 AM #35532Great ScottModerator
Johnny — This is possibly your most awesome video to date. Awesome and brilliant!
At 1:00…“Doh – doh – doh – doh – doh – doh – doh – doh… Doh – doh – doh – doh – doh doh – doh.”
At 1:10… “Should I do that?” Yes! You should definitely do that! It’s a wonderful mating call that is sure to bring the Doh – doh bird back from extinction. 🙂 🙂April 22, 2016 at 1:53 AM #35569
If I keep it up, I hope to soon be rolling in the doh.October 2, 2017 at 4:17 PM #54014RickParticipant
Hi John. I’m new to this site and actually pretty new to this instrument. I know “The Devil” is a pretty challenging piece for a beginner, but I guess I like challenges. I have a question about the tabs for Part 2, and just reading the music in general. I attached a copy of “Part 2” with my notes. If I understand correctly, you’re supposed to play slurs/ties with one draw of the bow — is that correct? I noticed in video #6 that you play the first four notes all with one draw, even though the first two notes aren’t slurred (See my first arrow in the attachment.) Then although the 4th and 5th notes are slurred in the tabs, you use two strokes, and then slur the 5th and 6th notes (see the next two arrow). Is this a misunderstanding on my part? Or does it really not matter which notes I choose to combine in a single stroke? There was something similar in Part 1. As a fledgling fiddler I just want to make sure I don’t go down the wrong road. Thanks. Love the site!!
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.October 4, 2017 at 10:51 PM #54088
Hi Rick, and welcome to the site! Great question. I will generally “suggest” slurs to you, but unless it is a straight Nashville or Georgia shuffle, I rarely stick to my own suggestions. However, when you are beginning, it can be a big help to stick to the tabbed slurs until you are ready to start trying your own thing.
When you watch an orchestra, every bow is going the same direction. It’s really a beautiful thing. However this NEVER happens in bluegrass. We’re pretty wild and free over here!October 4, 2017 at 11:22 PM #54092
I know you all will love this. Julia is 11 years old and a member here at BGD. This is her playing “Devil Went Down To Georgia” using the BGD backing track. She is going to be amazing!October 5, 2017 at 6:27 AM #54103
Wow…way to go, Julia!!! Great job!May 20, 2018 at 4:27 PM #61158fiddle campParticipant
doh doh doh doh birdMay 20, 2018 at 6:12 PM #61162FrederickParticipant
John, that was an absolutely fascinating production. Wow, am I impressed! What a great video. I wish Charlie Daniels could see it.
I have a Charlie Daniels story to relate. He performed once up in New York State at the Old Time Fiddlers Hall of Fame in Osceola.
It was on the huge lawn just across the road from the HOF and there were several hundred plastic chairs reserved in the front right by the stage and I asked what they were being reserved for and the answer was: Charlie set them apart, free of charge, for the US Army soldiers from Fort Drum in Watertown to enjoy his concert au gratis.
I never forgot the generosity of Charlie. He’s a wonderful man. I got to visit with him later on. What a fun time.
John, your video does him justice.May 22, 2018 at 5:11 PM #61201
Thanks Fred! That’s a great story about Charlie Daniels. I have never met him but everyone says he is a true gentleman.June 11, 2018 at 8:40 PM #61956Fayew3Participant
That was incredible!!! Rivaled the original and I really enjoyed listening to it. 🙂 Glad I’m subscribed so I have the chance to learn it.June 11, 2018 at 10:11 PM #61958Fayew3Participant
Julia rocked it! I love it!!!
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