Listen to the Mockingbird

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 Cockman
    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
    cricket
    cricket
    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
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    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
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    This looks like so much fun…

    #33141
    cricket
    cricket
    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.

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    #33148
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

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

    #33149

    Bruce Stewart
    Participant

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

    #33156
    Rock
    Rock
    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

    CynthiaB
    Participant

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

    #33172
    Great Scott
    Great Scott
    Moderator

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

    #33234
    cricket
    cricket
    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 Cockman
    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
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

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

    #33260

    John Cockman
    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
    Rock
    Rock
    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 Cockman
    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

    Kaeleigh
    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

    Angela
    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 Cockman
    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 Cockman
    Keymaster

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

    #33611
    fiddler51
    fiddler51
    Participant

    Hi John, Could I get the password for the lesson, please?  Was fun listening to the fiddle campers doing the tune! You need my email addy?

     

    #33612
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Very nice, I love that song! They did it great! I am still doing scales and proper bowing. I might be running out of time to learn any tunes! 🙂 Hoping my no fret sticker comes in today, then watch out! 🙂

    #33614

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I’ll send you the password. Still no joy with download helper!

    Rock, that sticker is going to be a huge help. 🙂 Be really you were sounding very good on Ashokan Farewell. It’s definitely something to be proud of.

    #33615
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    John, thank you very much. I have a long way to go though. Now that my no fret came in I can go way up the neck! Or is it down the neck? I guess it would be up. Seriously though I am going to basically try to start over. It is very hard to do, I keep want to jump in to songs I already know. 🙂

    #33620
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Wow, John…those fiddle campers are doing great!  I wish I could do what they do!  I love all the bird sounds at once…lol.  They did great, really…I’m impressed!

    #33624

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    They’re good fiddlers, but they’re an even better bunch of kids. I am really proud of them! Any one of them could join a band at this point, and we have a couple of local bands going already. It is cool to watch!

    Rock, my younger daughter daughter is learning how to tab as part of her learning instruction, and I am paying her to tab out a set of hymns for me. They are just the melody, but when she finishes I will have a really nice set of intro tunes that will be fun to play along with! I’ll make some pretty jam tracks too. I’m excited about it!

    #33633
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    The kids are so focused and talented there.  I’m pained to say the kids around here are more interested in trouble, drugs, etc.  that’s why daughter homeschools the grandson.  But it’s really cool to see a bunch of kids who are working and serious about something.  I’ve always said if these kids up here would get bit by the fiddling bug, they’d stop all the craziness and get to work.

    #33635
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    John, that sounds really cool! They are lucky to have you!

    Cricket, I wish I would have started when I was young. They are very good!

    #33638
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Yes, Rock, me too.  If only I could go back!  But I’m happy to be playing, fumbling along with it now.  I was playing guitar at that age, but there is nothing in the world, to me, like playing the fiddle!  Anybody who gets an early start with it has a great advantage!  And, I do believe it’s a very positive thing to keep kids productive, focused, and busy.

    #33640
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    You should be happy the way you play! I was playing cowboys and Indians at their age! Oh well I;ll just keep on, I see some improvement I think. 🙂

    #33652

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    These are some great kids. I would like to make a CD this summer called “Fiddle Camp Favorites” or something like that, and feature some of these talented youth.

    #33657
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    that cd might be an inspiration to other kids!

    #33826

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    I started learning this last Saturday and now I can play the basic tune and the chorus with a couple simple double-stops, but I am struggling a bit with the second fiddle break. Would it sound alright sort of simple?

    #33835
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Kaeleigh, I’m having the same problem.  I’m going ahead playing it how I can, and just going over the parts I can’t get here and there at home, figuring I’ll either get them or not, later on.  I don’t let a few notes stop me from playing a great tune.  I just leave out the stuff I can’t handle, for now.  It’s such a great tune and great fun to play.  I’m the same way with back up and push…just play what I can handle at jams or wherever, practice the other stuff here and there and figure one day I might get to where I can include that stuff.

    #33874

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    The second break has a few twists in it. You know, it would be perfectly acceptable to just play the first break twice! You can mix in a little bit of the beginner break with it. Stuart Duncan does an amazing job of mixing the melody up without playing it competition-style. (The song starts around 4:40.)

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