Golden Fiddle Waltz

This is an online fiddle lesson for the country fiddle tune "Golden Fiddle Waltz" by Randy Howard.
This lesson is by special request for my friend Carlos.

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Genre: Country
Skill Level: Advanced
Key of F

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

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Golden Fiddle Waltz - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Golden Fiddle Waltz - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

"Golden Fiddle Waltz" was written by Randy Howard.

Randy Howard won every major fiddle competition including the Union Grove, North Carolina World Championship in l979, the last and youngest person ever to win that honor. An eight- time National Champion, four times Tennessee Old Time Fiddler Champion, he also won the Grand Masters Fiddle Championship in 1985, and the National Mandolin Championship at Winfield, Kansas, in l990. He was equally skilled on acoustic and electric guitar. One of the world’s premiere fiddle players, he passed away June 29th, 1999 at the age of 38 after a four year battle with cancer. His final masterpiece "I Rest My Case" was released in the year 2001 on Sugar Hill Records. It features his original compositions and guests Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, David Grisman, Romane, Roy Huskey, Jr., Don Rigsby, and Kathy Chiavola.

Born in Milledgeville, Georgia, Randy was taught by his father when he was 8 or 9 years old.  His father taught him only the rudiments of the fiddle and then told him to go out on his own.  Randy's talent on the fiddle and other musical instruments including mandolin, guitar and voice took him across the country and even overseas, performing at festivals, competitions and joining country music legends such as Bill Monroe, Chet Atkins, George Jones, Vince Gill, J.D. Crowe, Shelby Lynn, Garth Brooks, Bela Fleck and Alison Krauss.

His mother, Faye Howard, remembers that Alison Krauss used to follow Randy around to just about every bluegrass festival at which he performed.  "Her parents would call to ask if Randy would be at certain events, he'd say yes, and they'd show up there,"  Faye Howard said.  Alison Krauss called Randy "simple one of the best fiddle players that has ever lived."

sources:  Kathy Chiavola, Union-Recorder

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  • #18749
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    I got a chance to practice Golden Fiddle Waltz tonight…I think I should start on the second break tomorrow…I’m being entirely too easy on myself!  Oh boy…I have some work to do!  

    #19141
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Cricket, I have noticed that sometimes it does just take a tune a few days to soak in. I like that term!

    #19149
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Speaking of tunes sinking in, I’m hoping…not fiddling, for a day or two more!  I did run through some of the other, pretty easy, stuff I need to play soon, and, WOW…if you push yourself beyond your limits…your usual stuff definitely improves!  I was pretty happy with how my old stuff was sounding.

    #19151
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    To quote john on his measure-by-measure lesson: “So there’s that ridiculously hard break…”  Something to that effect…I do remember the words, ridiculously hard, because it made me laugh…yeah…I’m glad John sees it as ridiculously hard, because it sure seems that way to me!

    #19161
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Haha you are right, Cricket, that’s about as hard as bluegrass gets. When I label a tune as “advanced,” I’m not kidding! Good news: Bobby Hicks’ “Faded Love” break is not nearly as hard as it sounds. But it is hard enough to get the “Advanced” label!

    Thanks Rock. Your lips are sealed.

    #19175
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    I gave to hurry up and get back to this so I can try the Faded Love.  I’ve always like that one but never really learned to play it.  I’m sorta stuck now with hardly any time to play.  Happens that way sometimes.  I think G F Waltz is about the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard.  Even fumbling through making a mess of it is still very touching.  It’s just a great tune!

    #26412
    fiddlewoodfiddlewood
    Participant

    Well, I’ve managed to memorise up to around meas. 35 or so, and get it almost in time & tune.

    Hoping to get this last turnaround down  today so I can at least fire up the rhythm loop and iron out some timing details.

    Pretty amazing what this slower more difficult tune is teaching me about technique, bow pressure/speed, double stops, & such that I didn’t ever pick up from faster tunes.  Found I’ve been overplaying the instrument far more than needed, and that the angle of the bow hair has a lot to do with the tone I produce.

    I have an awful long way to go yet but am happy with the progress so far.

    #26416
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Go, Dave, Go! This is a tremendous tune. A friend of mine learned this and played it for me at the Music Fest in Sugar Grove this year. It feels so good to create something that helps fiddlers learn and get better! I learn a lot in the process as well. I can’t wait to hear you playing this!

    #26422
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    I sure do miss Cricket, ?, she was studying and played this one quite well. Very inspiring, hope to get there too some time this year before Christmas season comes around. Then it s deck the halls with bows and holy songs. ?
    Gu

    #26491
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    I miss her too!

    #26956
    Avatar4tupper
    Participant

    John – some tunes include more difficult playing techniques.  For Golden Fiddle Waltz, clean double stops are important.  It would help if an instructional/practice package (i.e. notation/tabs/video) was available for the double stops in this tune.  After a person has can play the double stops well, they can move on to learning the complete tune.

    I think that this tune would highlight any playing problems a fiddler has.  I prefer working on one problem at a time, so for me, getting the double stops sounding right would be the first problem.

    I am a new member and consider myself an intermediate level fiddler.  I had doubts about joining, but everything is working out fine.

     

    #52638
    Avatarfiddle camp
    Participant

    I’m 17, and I’ve been teaching myself the fiddle for a little over 2 years. This is literally the best website ever, because I’ve always loved this waltz so much, and despite it being beyond my skill level I always wanted to learn it. In fact I wanted to learn it so badly, that I did. I’ve been solidly trying and dedicating so many hours to it that I actually got the hang of it!! Thank you so much John, for taking the time to teach this song. It really is so beautiful.

    Lily-Rose

    #52650
    rodgerrodger
    Participant

    Lily-Rose, I’m sure you must have seen this on youtube, but I’ll post it just in case or for others who may not…can you imagine writing something like this?

    & might as well post this as well, for the perfect fiddle wrist…El Cumbanchero

    #52656
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Thanks Lily-Rose! I hope to hear you play it someday.

    #52663
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    That is a very nice fiddle tune.  I’m so sorry I worked out n it so hard and then lost it…got too busy helping sick people, etc., to practice.  Someday…I’ll tackle that one again.  Good luck with it, Lily-Rose…I hope you’ll play it for us!

    #52863
    rodgerrodger
    Participant

    Well, for motivation, here’s another spin on Golden Fiddle Waltz.  I guess everyone hears the timing slightly different in some phrases.  This feller does a great job.  This is my goal for the next year to see how far I can get on this one, and hopefully nail it down.  I can finally get Maiden’s prayer to where it’s not really painful, so maybe…just maybe on this one.  It’s good to have a goal for development, and this is definitely one I’m going to hit daily until I get it, although I may have to wait to after Christmas to take it on seriously.

    #52864
    Great ScottGreat Scott
    Moderator

    If anyone is SERIOUS about wanting to learn to play this lovely waltz on the fiddle then I suggest they take a gander at the link below… and spend some quality time with the teach by following his fabulous lessons.  No other fiddle site will provide you with such comprehensive lessons for this particular tune.  This is by far THE BEST version on the tube.  Even RH agrees!

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/golden-fiddle-waltz-fiddle-lesson/

    Wonderful playing, by the way, John!  Filled with tons of emotion.  Thank you for such a great lesson and a fantastic website.

    Visit:  Support_your_fiddle_teacher.org

    #52865
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Thanks for the link, Rodger…I believe I’ve heard that plus two or three others on YouTube…I do like to see what various musicians do with tunes.  I’m finding more and more I can learn a thing, but can’t ever seem to actually play it until I get my own spin attached…get a feel of how I gotta play it.  That could just be my lack of fiddling experience dictating my playing…not sure. I know some folks can learn note-by-note and take it from there…seems I can’t feel like I can play a tune until/unless I learn the notes, then let it cook a while on the back burner, then stir it around in my own way later.  Dwight Diller, the banjo player in WV, told me once that he thought, just as the old saying goes…you have to eat a peck of salt with a person to really get to know them, the same goes for playing a tune…maybe I agree with him…lol…or maybe I’m just no good.  But as retirement has gone for me, it’s been a few good learning times usually followed by forgetting times, in many cases…there’s just been a lot of stuff we’ve had to help out with…we’re the only ones doing good enough to help.  Everybody has had a rough way to go with illnesses, hospital stays and doctor visits, losing their homes and needing someplace quick to live, etc.  Anyway, I think I’m gonna have to someday start from square one with this again and it’ll be a while and a lot of work from there to get it…I was almost there once, couple years back.  Ain’t easy for us old and busy folks….lol.  This one’s probably just too hard for me…I can see how it has to be in F to really work out.  Well, Scott…I’m betting John is the only one out there with an online lesson to this…unbelievably painstaking to get a lesson together like this! Very thorough and what a great job he did.  Rodger…I hope you can get to it by Christmas and see what you can do with it…let us know!  Learning this would be a real accomplishment.  This is one of those things that divides the pros from the kiddos…except some kids actually already burn this one up…lol…ugh…that’s amazing, and kinda scary…lol.

    #52870
    rodgerrodger
    Participant

    Cricket, with this or any of the challenging projects, if you just take it one bar at a time & master that measure, then move on to the next one, don’t rush anything & expect it take awhile…eventually you can get it.  But you have to be committed to do that…the returns for the work you put into it will be success..it’s like digging a root cellar (another project I’m trying to do)  if you get that one shovel at a time, one after the other, eventually you will have it.

    & yes, by all means follow the lesson sheets & lessons.  Be about impossible to do it otherwise.

    #52871
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    That is probably the truth, Rodger.  Yet, I’m better at digging a hole than I am learning and remembering a new tune…lol…but I think what you say is true.  You can break almost anything down into manageable portions, usually…does take consistent keeping at it…that’s another one f my problems…my life is wacky and unpredictable these days.  No excuses, though…excuses get us nowhere fast.

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