Jerusalem Ridge

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Genre: Bluegrass
Skill Level: Advanced
Key of A minor

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

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Jerusalem Ridge." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Jerusalem Ridge." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Jerusalem Ridge." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Jerusalem Ridge." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Jerusalem Ridge." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Jerusalem Ridge." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!


The fiddle tune, Jerusalem Ridge, was written by Bill Monroe and made famous by fiddler Kenny Baker.

Bill Monroe (September 13, 1911 – September 9, 1996) was an American mandolinist who helped create the style of music known as bluegrass. The genre takes its name from his band, the "Blue Grass Boys", named for Monroe's home state of Kentucky. Monroe's performing career spanned 60 years as a singer, instrumentalist, composer and bandleader. He is often referred to as The Father of Bluegrass. 

Source: wikipedia

Bill Monroe and his family lived in a small but comfortable cabin on the Monroe family farm, called Jerusalem Ridge, overlooking Rosine, Kentucky that had been in the family since 1801. The top of the actual ridge is about a mile from the home place; Bill called the Ridge "the most beautiful place in the world." The youngest of eight children he was left home while his big brothers went to town. He used to go up on ridge with his dad and Uncle and listen to the fox hounds run at night. Here he would hear stories about the old ways and listen to the ancient sounds of Uncle Pen's fiddle.

The Jerusalem Ridge Festival seeks to continue the tradition of bluegrass music made popular by Bill Monroe.  They hold a bluegrass festival on Jerusalem Ridge at the Monroe homestead each year.

Source: Jerusalem Ridge Festival

 

 

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  • #5665

    John Cockman
    Keymaster
    #4801

    delma trevino
    Participant

    dear john, thank you for calliope house , its a great tune, I already know swallow tail jig. would it be possible for Jerusalems ridge to put in track at 70, 85.if too much trouble ok. but its like coming out of the rain into a hurricane. for my age my fingers take a while to learn these notes. from55 to 110 its hard for me. I need a little slower to warm my self into that speed . only if you can. I know you have your own work and family thanks.

    #4802

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I’ll do that. I am going to remake Jerusalem Ridge. I am doing the bowing a little differently now, which I think will make it easier for you to get up to speed.

    #8816

    Angela
    Participant

    I’m working on this one now. John, these are tremendous lessons! You are a gifted teacher! I’ve alllllmost gotten it down at 55 BPM playing with you…not ready to cut the apron strings yet!

    Thanks so much for all these awesome tools.

    #8869

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thank you! Though I have never been happy with this lesson. I plan to replace it with a better version before too long.

    #8945

    Angela
    Participant

    It’s been really helpful to me. Your half speed videos; the tabs below included on the vids; the 3 separate vids for each part; the mp3’s; the tabs and notations; the up-to-speed demos!!! I don’t know how you can improve. I’m playing the 55 BPM by myself now and can almost bump the beats up to about 70.

    My only problem was learning this right after Whiskey Before Breakfast…they start out too similar and I have a problem switching back and forth. :^D

    #8946

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Haha yes I know exactly what you mean. I have never been able to play Salt Creek and Red Haired Boy back to back.

    #13209

    JessEvans
    Participant

    Hi John, hi everyone.

    I am a new member and I signed up because I’ve been looking for a lesson for Jerusalem Ridge and you have one. I notice that you’re intending to post a newer version of the lesson, though, and I wonder if you have an ETA on that? If it’s going to be soon I’d like to work on other tunes first and wait for the revised lesson before working on Jerusalem Ridge.

    Thanks and best wishes from your fiddle pal, Jess

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    #13294

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks for your interest in Jerusalem Ridge. I have a better way of teaching this tune now and the videos on the current lesson are a little dark. A revised lesson is on my to-do list but no ETA.

    #28036

    I will start at this tune today, as a long time project/ process.

    Any I specially should remember or think about in this tune?

    #28046

    Angela
    Participant

    Ah. Enjoy! It has some tricky bowing and fingerings but Johns lessons are great. Can’t wait to hear you!

    #28117

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    That sounds great, Boerge! You will love this song.

    The bowing I have works, but it could be better. Plus the video is a little dark.

    I agree with Angela – I can’t wait to hear you doing this one!

    #28146

    Thank you Angela and John 🙂

    I have start with A minor scales.. and do bowing variasons. Tune start this weekend between the hard work outside:)

    #40654

    Angela
    Participant

    I’ve been playing this one for awhile….even play it with the band, but the A part has never felt really comfortable to me.  I slowed down a Kenny Baker video, and I’m going to try to use his bowing in the A part.  I need something, because the string crossing back and forth kills me.  Sometimes I get…sometimes not.

    #40678
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    Hi Angela , I know what you mean , mee too , and also at beginning and the end of the C part , my bowing bounces on the last bit very uncomfortable . The slow down Kenny sounds good to me , let us know how it goes and maybe if you can show us the new bowing :O) be awesome. It s one song I am determined to play smooth eventually :O) thanks for mentioning the crossing back and forth , this is a good point .

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