This is an online fiddle lesson for the old time tune "Groundhog."
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Genre: Old Time
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Keys of G and D
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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the old time fiddle tune "Groundhog."
"Groundhog" is a traditional old time tune. Here is the Watson family with guitar player Doc Watson and fiddler Gaither Carlton playing and singing "Groundhog."
Gaither Wiley Carlton (February 3, 1901 – June 24, 1972) was an American Old-time fiddle player and banjo player. He is best known for his appearances accompanying his son-in-law Doc Watson during the folk music revival of the 1960s. While not recorded before the folk revival, Carlton had been playing with some of the region's most well-known musicians— such as Al Hopkins, G. B. Grayson, and Clarence Ashley— since the 1920s. Carlton was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1901. His father was an accomplished local musician, and the family often played at church events and other gatherings.
Groundhog Shoulder up your gun and whistle up your dogs Shoulder up your gun and whistle up your dogs Off to the woods to catch a groundhog. Oh, groundhog. Run here Sally with a ten foot pole Run here Sally with a ten foot pole To twist that whistle-pig out of his hole. Oh, groundhog. Here comes Sal with a snicker and a grin Here comes Sal with a snicker and a grin Groundhog gravy dripping off o’her chin. Oh, groundhog. Here comes Granny leaning' on her cane Here comes Granny leaning' on her cane Eat up the meat but save her the brain! Oh, groundhog Look at them fellers, they're about to fall Look at them fellers, they're about to fall They eat till their britches won't button at all. Oh, groundhog. Well you eat up the meat but save the hide Well you eat up the meat but save the hide Makes the best shoestrings ever were tied. Oh, groundhog. I love my groundhog stewed and fried I love my groundhog stewed and fried Little piece of cornbread by the side, groundhog! Oh, groundhog Little piece of cornbread sittin' on the shelf Little piece of cornbread sittin' on the shelf If you want any more, you got to sing it yourself! Oh, groundhog.