Golden Slippers

This is an online fiddle lesson for the old time tune "Golden Slippers."

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Genre: Old Time, Bluegrass, Gospel
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Key of D

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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing and singing the old time tune "Golden Slippers."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Golden Slippers" is a popular song commonly sung in the 19th century. The song, penned by African-American James A. Bland in 1879, is considered an American standard today. It is particularly well known as a bluegrass instrumental standard.

A minstrel show song set in the style of a spiritual, the song is apparently a parody of the spiritual "Golden Slippers", popularized after the American Civil War by the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Today "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers" is often referred to simply as "Golden Slippers", further obscuring the original spiritual.

source: wikipedia

Golden Slippers

Verse 1
Oh, my golden slippers are laid away
'Cause I don't expect to wear β€˜em β€˜til my wedding day
And my long tailed coat, that I love so well
I’ll wear up in the chariot in the morn
And my long white robe that I bought last June
I'm goin' to get changed 'cause it fits too soon
And the old grey horse that I used to drive
I will hitch him to the chariot in the morn

chorus:
Oh, them golden slippers, Oh, them golden slippers
Golden slippers I'm goin' to wear because they look so neat
Oh, them golden slippers, Oh, them golden slippers
Golden slippers I'm goin' to wear to walk the golden street

Verse 2:
Oh, my old banjo hangs on the wall
'Cause it ain't been tuned since way last fall
But the folks all say we'll have a good time
When we ride up in the chariot in the morn
There's ol' brother Ben and his sister, Luce
They will telegraph the news to uncle Bacco Juice
What a great camp meetin' there will be that day
When we ride up in the chariot in the morn

Verse 3:
So, it's good-bye, children I will have to go
Where the rain don't fall and the wind don't blow
And your ulster coats, why, you will not need
When you ride up in the chariot in the morn
But your golden slippers will be nice and clean
And your age will be just sweet sixteen
And your white kid gloves you will have to wear
When you ride up in the chariot in the morn
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Best Online Fiddle Lessons Forums Golden Slippers

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  • #26992

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    This is an online fiddle lesson for the old time tune “Golden Slippers” by James A. Bland.

    Golden Slippers

    #27003

    Great, will start on this tune NeXT weekend. πŸ™‚

    #27011

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Fantastic, Boerge! Hope you are doing better. Get some rest and plenty of fluids. Pneumonia is nothing to mess around with!

    #27018
    Justine
    Justine
    Participant

    Boerge, I just found out that you had pneumonia! Get a lot of rest because pneumonia makes you very tired. Gradually, you’ll get better and better so you will have your energy back.

    John, I love the double stops in Golden Slippers. Your rendition of it and your singing of the verses is super!

    #27035
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    Beautiful ending weeee … KABOOM ! So nice to have you back John , that was awesome! Exactly the kind of songs they looooove up here, you did a great job on the singing too, friendly and warm.
    Gu

    #27042

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks Justine! So good to hear from you.

    Gu, I forgot to tab that awesome ending. I’ll do it ASAP.

    #27115

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Gu, I added the tabs for that cool shave-and-a-haircut ending. I learned that from “Woodie” Paul “King of the Cowboy Fiddlers” Chrisman. That is the way he ended “Prairie Dog Christmas Ball.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgdlwPakdYI

     

    #27141
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    Right on John! Thank you so much, will get a good look after work, today’s my last day cleaning garlic, few, whipping my forehead, 3 weeks straight clipping, what a harvest! Now , back to fiddling a new ?,
    Shave and a hair cut endings is so where I lack in my playing.
    Yeeeehaw,
    Gu

    #27337
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    John, the lesson was great but I got to tell you bub, skin and bones, skin and bones. Maybe a milk shake every other day!

    #27339

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Haha thanks Rock. I am feeling better lately. But the best is yet to come.

    Gu, you should take some time and make up some fun original Shave/Haircut riffs to add to your arsenal any time you need them!

    #27348
    Great Scott
    Great Scott
    Moderator

    Excellent playing as always, Saint John!Β  This one sure gets the old toes tapping.Β  It even got me dancing around the ward with the young nurse during pill time before bed; but the old knee joints and hips were really feeling it.Β  Still, I had sweet dreams of my very own pair of golden slippers.Β Β  πŸ™‚

    #27354

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Now that I think about it, golden slippers don’t sound very comfortable.

    #27380
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    Hi John, I started doing that last night on the mandolin cause I seem to have a more natural ear when picking, bowing is a different story, Imget away with shave and haircut endings on Sunday because, Imkeep it ultra simple. If only I could do on the fiddle what I do on the Mando, practice practice… I will usually do some kind of major scale descending and what ever note I finish on with the drums and everyone else, I just stay on the note hopefully a 1,3, or5th of the scale.
    Working on it,
    Working on it,
    I really love the ending to your Bluegrassdaddy.com at the beginning of each lesson, that one is so cool,
    Thanks
    Gu

    #27525

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    Dear me! I don’t know where I’ve been, but somehow I didn’t seen this lesson πŸ™‚ Yay! I’m sooo excited! Golden Slippers in one of my absolute favorite tunes! Everything else will be pushed to the wayside, I can’t wait to play this!
    Also, Woody Paul King of the cowboy fiddlers, is one of the reasons I started seriously playing fiddle! I love the ending!

    #27526

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Awesome! Hope to hear you playing this in the Lion’s Den soon. πŸ™‚

    #27559
    Justine
    Justine
    Participant

    April 29, 2013, Susanna Heystek (fiddle) and the West Lake Echoes are playing Golden Slippers for the Old Thym Dance Society in Botha, Alberta, Canada. Band member Marlene is playing the mandolin. Susanna’s dad Bruce is playing the 4 string banjo. Not a cellphone in sight!

    #27563
    Justine
    Justine
    Participant

    John, I can’t access the Beginner tab for Golden Slippers. When I click on it, the Oops page shows up.

    #27601

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Hi Justine, I’m sorry I didn’t see this earlier! I don’t know how I missed it. Thanks for letting me know about the broken link. Please refresh the page and try again.

    #27603
    Justine
    Justine
    Participant

    Thanks for your help, John!

    #27644

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    You’re welcome! I’m glad it worked. πŸ™‚

    #27728

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    Oh goodness, the Nashville shuffle is hard! So far that’s the only thing I’m struggling with. Is there a good way to practice just the shuffle?

    #27733
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Practise practise practise, Kaeleigh! πŸ™‚

    #27804

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Yes, Kaeleigh — “Old Joe Clark” and “Fire on the Mountain” are really good exercises for the Nashville Shuffle!

    #27867
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    That’s how I got it getting down was with Old Jo Clark and fire on the mountain …And , John has a neat video on YouTube on how to play faster by shuffling, he plays the key of D first a cool super groove run and then teaches the whole pattern of the G scale ascending and descending I think I recall, that clip had me having John in my living room everyday for 2weeks non stop, me and John and shuffling those two patterns then I learned Old J C and FOTMountain .
    Have fun Kaeleigh, you will get it! ????❀️

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