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  • #75537
    FrederickFrederick
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    Last night at practice we decided on what banjo and fiddle tunes we’re going to do as well as resonator guitar and mandolin tunes.

    We’ve got a two-hour gig coming up next Thursday (the 22nd) and we’re ready for it although we’re still gonna practice 6 hours this Saturday to further make sure. (Yep, we’re all addicted to Bluegrass!)

    Fiddle tunes I’m gonna play in the 1st set are: Somewhere in Texas, I’m Confessin’, Those Memories, Washington County, Old Love Letters, and Missouri Road.

    Banjo tunes are: Sitting on top of the World, Long Gone, Evalina, Blue Kentucky Girl, My Little Girl in Tennessee, Pickaway, Sunny Side of the Mountain, Blue Ridge Mountain Girl, and Flatt Lonesome.

    Fiddle tunes for the 2nd set are: End of the World, Farewell Party, Mighty Dark to Travel, Black Mountain Rag (on AEAC# tuned fiddle), I love You Because, Gardenia Waltz, and It Rains Just the Same in Missouri.

    Banjo: Rough and Rocky, Jennifer Waltz, Fireball Mail, Crazy Heart, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Long Black Veil, Lime House Blues, and McHatties’s Waltz.

    Last time we performed there, we had 5 encores!

    We now have 80 tunes that we are proficient at that we can draw from in a moment’s notice that we’ve rehearsed a bunch of times.

    This band “Hit or Miss” is a lot of fun for me to be a part of. 🙂

    #75538
    Gunnar SalyerGunnar Salyer
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    Cool! Is there any YouTube clips of y’all?

    #75542
    FrederickFrederick
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    Here’s one I found:

    #75543
    KaeleighKaeleigh
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    Nice! I love the band name? I wish I was part of a band!

    #75545
    MoonShadowsMoonShadows
    Participant

    Sounding good, Frederick!

    #75546
    cricketcricket
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    Nice, Fred!  Good job fiddling there…do you play banjo for them too?  Funny, I’ve noticed the mando players tend to get the giggles at one point or another when they are playing…lol…seems a common occurrence from what I’ve seen.  Y’all sound great.

     

    #75547
    FrederickFrederick
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    Thanks, Kaeleigh. I sure hope you get to be part of a band…you certainly play well enough and deserve it 🙂

    Thank you, Jim. I appreciate it.

    Thanks, Cricket. yes, I play banjo for them, too. The videographer filmed our practice last night so after he edits it all, I’m sure he’ll post some to YouTube. He’s the one who did this video. I noticed there’s some other outfit called “Hit or Miss”, too.

    #75548
    Steve SraderSteve Srader
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    Nice Fred , by the way I sing and play , It Rains just the same in Missouri ! Great tune !

    #75549
    Gunnar SalyerGunnar Salyer
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    Nice! Y’all sound great together!

    #75561
    FrederickFrederick
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    Thanks Steve and Gunnar. I appreciate it.

    I’m back home from band practice today. We only practiced for 4 hours. So, it was an early quit. We all feel like we’re ready for Thursday night. Yes!

    #75593
    FrederickFrederick
    Participant

    Well, it took me the better part of the day (over two and a half hours, lol) but I’ve learned how to fiddle “Spider Bit the Baby” all three parts and almost up to the speed that Kenny Baker played it, not quite, but close.

    This is a great fiddle tune for the key of C.

    #75605
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Ouch…spiders and fiddle tunes in C…painful…lol.  Hope you’ll play it for us one of these days, Fred!  I’m sure it’ll be fun to hear!

    #75663
    FrederickFrederick
    Participant

    Hi Cricket: I sure will play “Spider Bit the Baby” for you, real soon. I’ve got it up to speed now so I’m feeling a whole lot more comfortable with it.

    Since this thread is about “What C’hup to for playin’ and practicin'”, I’m heading off to my Monday night get-together with several of my Country music buddies for an evening of Old Country. I’ll be fiddlin’. It’s lots of fun. I look forward to Monday nights. So, I’ll be “playin'” and “practicin'” all in one. 🙂

    #75665
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Gosh how do you do that?  How do you find so many people to play with?  I can’t find anybody…lol.  Just those crazies that live inside the Presonus and guzzle all the coffee.  Anyway…have fun…have a little extra fun for the crazies in my Presonus!

    #75669
    FrederickFrederick
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    When I first moved to Arkansas it was difficult to find anyone to pick with. Everyone that played any kind of instrument was reserved and kept to themselves and I was not included in anything they’d do.

    I told folks about my website and slowly one by one a few would go there and see that I actually could play some. Finally, a fiddler in a local Bluegrass band said he was going to Mountain View to jam with some of his friends at Washington Park and that there would be lots and lots of pickers there. I traveled up there and was accepted into several groups that played that day.

    From there I was called from time to time to fill-in for others on fiddle and banjo. That’s how I got my start here. Now I’m accepted as a part of a big family of musicians who play all over the place.

    That first year, I went ahead and entered the State Fiddle Championships and got third place. 🙂 That tickled me half to death! lol

    #75670
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Well it sounds like you’ve made many friends around the area.  I’ve been living here for 30 years now and just can’t seem to connect much.  I’m basically a hermit, except when somebody needs something…lol.  One thing is I really don’t enjoy the formality of the jams up here…or the traffic getting there…I guess if I could ever learn to love all that maybe i’d get somewhere.  But I can’t tolerate formalities or traffic.  Anyway, glad to see somebody’s out and about and having fun.  I just think we live in a very weird place…stuck though, I guess.

    #76060
    FrederickFrederick
    Participant

    Here’s a YouTube video of our band “Hit or Miss” playing “Lime House Blues” at a practice session at the bassist’s home. (I’m that nearly-bald-headed banjer picker closest to the camera…….)

     

    #76061
    FrederickFrederick
    Participant

    And here’s another one we did the same evening. This one is called “Jennifer’s Waltz”.

    #76062
    FrederickFrederick
    Participant

    And here’s another one. This one’s called “Flatt Lonesome”.

    #76084
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Y’all sound good, Fred.  Nice banjo pickin’ and fiddlin’, there!

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