Listen to the Mockingbird

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This is an online fiddle lesson for the bluegrass tune "Listen to the Mockingbird" by Septimus Winner and Richard Milburn.

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

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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing the advanced competition version.

Video #2: Here is a video of me playing and singing the old time version.

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"Listen to the Mocking Bird" is a popular American song written in 1855. Its lyrics were composed by Septimus Winner under the pseudonym "Alice Hawthorne", and its music was by Richard Milburn.  The song was one of the most popular ballads of the era and sold more than twenty million copies of sheet music. It was popular during the American Civil War and was used as marching music. Abraham Lincoln was especially fond of it, saying, "It is as sincere as the laughter of a little girl at play."

source: wikipedia

Listen to the Mockingbird

Last night I dreamed of my Halley
Of my Halley, my sweet Halley
Last night I dreamed of my Halley
For the thought of her is one that never dies

She's sleeping now in the valley
In the valley, my sweet Halley
She's sleeping now in the valley
And the Mockingbird is singing where she lies

Listen to the Mockingbird, listen to the Mockingbird
Oh the Mockingbird is singing oe'er her grave
Listen to the Mockingbird, listen to the Mockingbird
Still singing where the weeping willows wave

How well do I yet remember
I remember, I remember
How well do I yet remember
For the thought of her is one that never dies

It was in that sweet September
In September, I remember
It was in that sweet September
That the Mockingbird was singing far and wide

Listen to the Mockingbird, listen to the Mockingbird
Oh the Mocking bird still singing oe'er her grave
Listen to the Mockingbird, listen to the Mockingbird
Still singing where the weeping willows wave
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  • #33124
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    This is an online fiddle lesson for the bluegrass tune “Listen to the Mockingbird” by Septimus Winner (lyrics) and Richard Milburn (tune).

    See the full post at: Listen to the Mockingbird

    #33137
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    WOW!  This makes me so happy!  I’m glad I finally got through B U & P, so I can get right back into a new challenge! This is great!

    #33139
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    Wow, wow for sure , wooooohoooo, Yahoo, jumpin jimini crickets with all the fun going on in there John ! Just amazing.
    Merci , thanks so much, they love that one arround here they call it, l oiseau Moking …
    Thanks
    Gu

    #33140
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    This looks like so much fun…

    #33141
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Gu…we HAVE to learn this one!  I’m glad I worked so hard at getting those double shuffles for back up and push, now.

    #33148
    RockRock
    Participant

    COOL! John, I hope to have this one down by morning! (Of 20/20)
    Love this tune and you did it great! 🙂

    #33149
    AvatarBruce Stewart
    Participant

    Oh yeah, I love it , Way to go John. I can’t thank you enough for this.
    Sincerely Bruce.

    #33156
    RockRock
    Participant

    I remember when I was young and stayed the summers here in Tn. I always asked papa…please play the mocking bird. He was old and had the family curse but sometimes he would get his old fiddle and play it for me. He would get done and I’d say play it again! He didn’t feel good enough to play it the first time. This song really brings back those wonderful memories of him. Thank you for doing this one, John! 🙂

    #33158
    AvatarCynthiaB
    Participant

    Bravo John!  You rocked that competition number!  Of course, the old time version was awesome as well.  So inspiring.

    #33172
    Great ScottGreat Scott
    Moderator

    Wonderful rendition, John, and played to perfection.  Hearing you play this song, I can only dream.  Bravo!   🙂

    #33234
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Got to try it for the first time just now, tonight.  Challenging…but I think Back Up and Push has got me ready to try!  Anybody else tried it yet?  I hope I can find more time with it…it’s been a low-music week…drives me nuts waiting for time to practice!  I can’t wait to really dig in and work on it!

    #33253
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Thanks everyone. It is a challenging song, but worth learning. The beginner version is beautiful, too. I didn’t really make an intermediate version of this song, but the first verse and chorus of the advanced breaks makes a nice upper-intermediate part.

    #33257
    RockRock
    Participant

    John, I ordered one of those no fret stickers just for them high up the neck songs.

    #33260
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    That is a great idea. It will help you sound good on the low notes too. 🙂

    I have found that you need to cut out a notch for your thumb, or else it gets moved around some.

    #33266
    RockRock
    Participant

    I watched that video. I have learned of late to watch and read very carefully. However when it comes in I will watch again, no joke.

    #33317
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    I absolutely love the Don’t Fret sticker. I don’t like to force things on students, but I do highly recommend it! Especially if I have a class with mixed levels, I really try to make the younger and newer fiddlers use the sticker. I buy them in bulk and just pass them around!

    #33359
    KaeleighKaeleigh
    Participant

    Oh my goodness! I don’t know how I missed this! That was an absolutely amazing rendition of the song! I had to play it several times so everyone in my family could hear!
    This is also one of my favorite songs! It’s funny, because I was just looking for a civil war era song to learn! Very exciting!

    #33362
    AvatarAngela
    Participant

    Yowzer awesome John. I’m gonna have to quit my day job to work on all this!  You’ve outdone yourself. This was one of my grandmother’s favorites. She played a simple version of it. Thanks!

     

    #33388
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Thanks! I did include a simple old-time version with lyrics is you more a more authentic version than the bluegrass competition tune.

    #33610
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Here are a group of my fiddle campers playing Listen to the Mockingbird this summer. They only learned it the previous week!

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