Gardenia Waltz

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Gardenia Waltz." This song is for my friend Carlos Salazar.

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Genre: Country
Skill Level: Advanced
Key of G

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "Gardenia Waltz."

Gardenia Waltz - Online Fiddle Lessons. Western Swing, Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Gardenia Waltz - Online Fiddle Lessons. Western Swing, Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

"Gardenia Waltz" was written by Johnny Gimble.

Johnny Gimble was born in Bascom, Texas, (east of Tyler). He began playing in a band with his brothers at age 12, and continued playing with two of them, George and Jerry, as the Rose City Swingsters. The trio played local radio gigs, but soon after Gimble moved to Louisiana and began performing with Jimmie Davis. Late in the 1940s, he joined Bob Wills's band, the Texas Playboys. With Wills, he played both fiddle and electric mandolin, and distinguished himself by using a five-string fiddle (most fiddles have four strings). He broke off to form his own group in 1951, performing as the house band at Wills's club, but rejoined in 1953 and continued to play with Wills until the early 1960s. He played fiddle on Marty Robbins' #1 hit "I'll Go on Alone".

Gimble left the music business briefly, working in a barbershop and a hospital, until 1969 when he and Wills began recording together again. From this time on he enjoyed steady work as a session musician, including with Merle Haggard on his Bob Wills tribute album and Chet Atkins on Superpickers in 1973. The following year he took a cue from a song he wrote and performed on the Atkins' Superpickers album, Fiddlin' Around and recorded the first of ten solo albums, Fiddlin' Around.

Since the late 1970s, he has won five Best Instrumentalist awards from the Country Music Awards and eight Best Fiddle Player awards from the Academy of Country Music. From 1979 to 1981, Gimble toured with Willie Nelson worldwide. In 1983, Gimble assembled a Texas swing group featuring Ray Price on vocals, and charted a country radio hit with "One Fiddle, Two Fiddle," featured in the Clint Eastwood movie Honkytonk Man. Gimble was also nominated for a Grammy award for his performance on the 1993 Mark O'Connor album Heroes.

Gimble continues to perform, and has appeared in the 1990s and 2000s on Austin City Limits and on Garrison Keillor's television broadcasts. Gimble also has spent several years teaching fiddle, ensuring that the style of western fiddle playing is passed on to the next generation. Gimble was also a member of the Million Dollar Band. His latest album is Celebrating with Friends. (wikipedia)

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  • #5832

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune “Gardenia Waltz.” This song is for my friend Carlos Salazar.

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/gardenia-waltz-fiddle-tune/

    #5833

    Tom Howell
    Participant

    wow john, another beautiful song. Your unbelievable. I’m learning more from your site then I’ve learned in 3 months in music school.
    Your teaching is so easy to understand. I’ve almost got the song Ashokan Farwell somewhat mastered. I’ll be sure to post it when I think it’s bearable to listen to, lol
    Keep up all the good work , all the best to you and your family

    #5834
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    oh gosh… i’m gonna have to learn this one!!! Beautiful!

    #5835
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Been working on this one…very good lesson. I never imagined I could ever begin to play stuff like this!

    #5836

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    It is very hard, but worth learning! There are so many things in there that are transferable to other tunes. Post a video when you are able to get all the way through it! John

    #5837
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I’ll get a video up whenever it’s bearable! As beautiful as the tune is, I’m also hoping to catch a lot of that learnin’ hiding in there for other fiddling situations. I’m just really amazed at the progress I’m making from your lessons…this site is really helpful! I never would’ve even tried some of these things on my own. Thanks for all the thorough, easy-to-grasp lessons!

    #7400
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Well I had to get away from this because we got so busy I had no time for playing…recently back to it and almost have it up to where I can sit and practice it with the slow play along video. Getting there!

    #7401

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Hi Cricket, this is a tough one… If you get this learned and recorded, it will be quite an accomplishment!

    #12387
    kevinj
    kevinj
    Participant

    Oh man, I read elsewhere about cricket and you talking about Gardenia Waltz, so I just played it. Talk about double stops, huge slides way up and down the neck, slow notes and some syncopated rhythms… You’re right — it’s quite an accomplishment to play this one. One day.

    We are so lucky that a player as advanced as John tabs stuff out like this in baby steps so we can have a shot at it. Thanks to you John.

    #12415
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I now use Gardenia Waltz as a warmup thing to try to get into playing in tune etc., but after playing it several times a week for a while now I began to realize there are certain spots that my fingers just cannot seem to manuever…like everything else I play, I’m gradually changing those spots to fit my own hand better, which could give me the possibility of actually being able to really play this one, someday…if I do it my own way. I would love to feel like I could play this one somewhere besides the back porch! Even with my changes, that might be a while.

    #29226

    BVares
    Participant

    Thank You so much for showing me this waltz who is one of my favorite by Johnny Gimble.  I hope you gonna show me “Fiddelin around” in the future?

    #29246

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    You’re welcome! I love Johny Gimble. I do plan to teach Fiddlin’ Around!

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