Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker Version
March 4, 2016 at 10:07 AM #33968
I have made a complete lesson for the Darius Rucker version of Wagon Wheel. It also contains the beginner version. The Ketch Secor version is a separate post.March 4, 2016 at 8:40 PM #33971CynthiaBParticipant
One of my favorites! Outstanding John.March 4, 2016 at 10:05 PM #33975cricketParticipant
Nice…another one I oughta learn. The jams I go to play this one once in a while.March 4, 2016 at 10:23 PM #33978KaeleighParticipant
Beautiful! How much easier is this then the original? I’ve learned exactly 1 1/2 of the fiddle breaks in cross A. The 3rd is really hard 🙂March 5, 2016 at 12:08 PM #33996JustineParticipant
Great rendition of this song, John! Thank you!March 5, 2016 at 5:35 PM #34018RockParticipant
You have out done yourself! The singing, the lead fiddle, fiddle back up and the other guy singing harmony. That Was Great, John!March 5, 2016 at 10:13 PM #34024cricketParticipant
That other guy was a good singer, wasn’t he, Rock? I didn’t realize there was another Wagon Wheel lesson already on here too…duh, where have I been? I do need to learn it because it gets played every so often around here. Now my usual problem…deciding where to start…lol…I think the sawmill tuning one would probably be my best bet! I love playing the fiddle in that tuning.March 6, 2016 at 1:57 AM #34032
Thanks you all. 🙂 Kaeleigh, the Darius Rucker version is easier for me than the original, mostly because I’m not that good at cross A tuning. Give it a try and see!March 6, 2016 at 9:18 AM #34041RockParticipant
That was the best presentation I have seen, WOW!March 7, 2016 at 1:35 PM #34076nagumaqParticipant
As usual , very awesome, almost makes me cry, I m so turned on to this song , I feel like learning it now for sure. Seems like one I could sing too, be nice to bring a singing song to the Sunday Jam and do the fiddling. Just great John, I heard it on the radio just the other day, made me think of you, it s going around this song, I m sure folks around these parts would enjoy it. Thanks again for all the inspiration and hard work you are doing for us.
GuMarch 7, 2016 at 11:10 PM #34094
I remember falling in love with this song the first time I heard it. So many things were right about it… It was played in such a retro style, had sentimental lyrics about North Carolina, and had that super-catchy chorus written by Bob Dylan. I knew the minute I heard it that it would be a hit. I love the way the Darius Rucker retains the focus on the fiddle. And what a singer her is — this is one of my all-time favorite fiddle-featuring song.May 5, 2016 at 7:15 PM #36197Kristn54321Participant
Great job on this! I play this at some jams here and your lesson will help me to change it up some!
Yes, I like the focus on the fiddle. When this song is done without a fiddle and only guitars and singing,……boring…I think (from one fiddler to other fiddlers).
KrisTN54321May 6, 2016 at 1:46 AM #36260
Thanks Kris. You’re right — the fiddle absolutely makes this song. When the fiddle starts in, you can see the entire crowd light up. Smiles on every face, applause, etc. You don’t get that with the other instruments!April 15, 2019 at 9:35 AM #70957Juliet NewmanMember
your version of Wagon wheel doesn’t seem right. Are you using a different tuning rather than normal. I’ve found other copies that have the melody on top of the double stopping . Whilst listening to the song the violin part as done by funky whistle.com seems more accurate.
JulietApril 15, 2019 at 11:57 AM #70963
Juliet, this is the Darius Rucker version, tuned standard. Click below for my lesson on the Old Crow Medicine Show version:
Ketch Secor’s fiddle in the OCMS version is tuned to AEAE. In the above link, I also include some sheet music in standard tuning that is similar similar to the funky whistle approximation. However, my lesson is for the authentic break.October 14, 2019 at 11:09 PM #77758reynolds13Participant
You need to add the full sheet music for what you were playing in your first video. not just the intro and breaks. I need to know what you’re playing in between breaks.October 15, 2019 at 9:13 AM #77766
Between the breaks you want to fill when there is a gap in the vocals. You can use the sheet music from the breaks, just pick the appropriate measure from the lead breaks and put them in at a lower volume. For example, measures 8-10 or 19-21.
Or, it works well just to play long bow strokes over two-string chords. Chords are labeled in the tablature:
A chord: D1/A0
E chord: D1/A1
F#m chord: D2/A0
D chord: D0/A0
Embellish with some slides between chords and some ornamentation.
For the outro, just replay one of the breaks or mix and match between the two breaks, for as long as the bandleader wants to keep going. In live versions, this may be a long time!
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