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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  • #33612
    RockRock
    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 (BGD)John (BGD)
    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
    RockRock
    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
    cricketcricket
    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 (BGD)John (BGD)
    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
    cricketcricket
    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
    RockRock
    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
    cricketcricket
    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
    RockRock
    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 (BGD)John (BGD)
    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
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    that cd might be an inspiration to other kids!

    #33826
    KaeleighKaeleigh
    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
    cricketcricket
    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 (BGD)John (BGD)
    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.)

    #69652
    Avatargraceschutt
    Participant

    I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve listened to this today….  John, You are fascinating !   You have the contented grin my husband had when he polished the kids shoes on Saturday night and lots of other things he did, but he never managed to do what you do!   I’m old but I’m going to rattle my arthritis trying to get at least the simplest rendition of this.   I love what you are doing with the youth in your area and truthfully, it’s why I jumped in so quickly when I found your site.  I had no idea I would be learning so much or that the camaraderie would be what it is.  My daughter wants to take me on a few jaunts and I want one to be to your area while you are doing a summer camp stint.  I know it would be a major highlight of any trip.  Thanks for your dedication.

     

    #69657
    rodgerrodger
    Participant

    This always reminds me of hearing the mocking bird in the black walnut tree that was just outside my bedroom window back in the hills.  Song birds was my favorite thing growing up.

    #69669
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Thanks.  I need to get back to this one!  It’s just so fiddly!

    #69674
    rodgerrodger
    Participant

    This thread has brought me to the realization that I’ve exceeded the event horizon in my life, where I can no longer squeeze into my day all the music that I’d like to be playing.  I love this piece but just don’t have enough hours in the day to play everything I want to anymore, and pieces even at the top of my list go totally neglected.  I’m not sure exactly when this happened, but it’s kind of a scary feeling that things are now beyond my control…..

    I’d play some scary music with rusty hinges etc. for background music to my post, but I don’t have time…..

    #69680
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    I hear ya on that.  I would love to settle in for the evenings, after supper, etc., have some coffee, and play tunes.  That’s been my favorite time of day, and really, the only time that’s ever worked out for me much to play music.  Now, I have to be on the phone with lonely, elderly family and friends who just need somebody to talk to.  It takes up my evenings…that’s when I’d be playing.  Thank goodness, Mike tries to help me set aside a day once in a while to go play on the Presonus…the only practice I get is that I get frustrated with myself and go through the fiddle part about 30 times before I just get tired and go ahead and save it…lol.  I figure that’s at least some practice time, but not really the way I would like.  I need to be available for the ones who call, though…so there ain’t a thing I can do about it.  I would sure like to have time to myself to practice a bunch.

    #69842
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Rodger, I am starting to feel the crunch of time as well…

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