Maiden’s Prayer

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Maiden's Prayer." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

Genre: Bluegrass, Country
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Key of A

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "Maiden's Prayer" at 100 bpm. This includes a beginner break, intermediate break, three advanced breaks and vocals.

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

 


"A Maiden's Prayer" (original Polish title: Modlitwa dziewicy Op. 4, French: La prière d'une vierge) is a composition of Polish composer Tekla Bądarzewska-Baranowska (1834–1861), which was published in 1856 in Warsaw, and then as a supplement to the Revue et gazette musicale de Paris in 1859. The piece is a medium difficulty short piano piece for intermediate pianists. John Stowell Adams (d. 1893) wrote the first English language lyrics for the piece.

The American musician Bob Wills heard "Maiden's Prayer" played on a fiddle while he was a barber in Roy, New Mexico, and arranged the piece in the Western swing style. Wills first recorded it as an instrumental in 1935 (Vocalion 03924, released in 1938), and it quickly became one of his signature tunes. Later, it became a standard recorded by many country artists, including Buck Owens on his number-one 1965 album I've Got a Tiger By the Tail. The tune is still a standard in the repertoire of Western swing bands.

Wills wrote lyrics for "Maiden's Prayer" and recorded it again in 1941 (Okeh 06205) with vocals by Tommy Duncan. (wikipedia.org)

Maiden's Prayer

When the evening falls twilight shadows find
There beneath the stars an Indian maiden divine
The moon is on high and seems to see her there
In her eyes there's a light shining ever so bright
As she whispers a silent prayer

Every word reveals an empty broken heart
Broken by fate that's keepin' them so far apart
Lonely there, she kneels and tells the stars above
In her arms he belongs and her prayer is a song
Her undying song of love

 

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Best Online Fiddle Lessons Forums Maiden's Prayer

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  • #5853

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Maiden’s Prayer

    I have always especially loved the way Bobby Hicks plays this tune. It is really moving.

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/maidens-prayer-fiddle-lesson/

    #5854

    Gary Lunsford
    Participant

    Great job John, as always!!!

    #5855

    Anonymous

    Great Tune, love the three different levels of difficulty! It seems to me that the beginner level measure-by-measure video is the same as the intermediate level one though. Have you uploaded the wrong video or have I got confused?

    Thanks for all your great work – best videos on the net for learning good fiddle music from, especially for a beginner like me! Thanks!

    #5856

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Whoops! Thanks Beth, the link should be fixed now! John

    #5857
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Whew! I’m worn out. But getting it…almost finally got that 3rd advanced part in my head. After that, just a matter of practicing until my fingers can do all that stuff. Maybe a few weeks, or years. This is the most beautiful thing I’ve heard. Whenever I do get it, I will have to link a youtube of myself limping through. The lessons are very good!

    #5858

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I can’t wait to hear you playing it!

    #5859
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I’ve got the mp3 downloaded and limping through with it slowed way down on the media player. Still having lots of problems remembering toward the end of that last part. If I ever get it close to in tune and not all sqawk and sqeak, is it ok to use the mp3 as backup for making a youtube? For now, back to the lesson to get some things straight in my head, or fingers! This is probably way beyond me, but it’s gonna drive me nuts until I can play it.

    #5860
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    John, I’m getting this close to wanting to put it on a youtube…is it ok if I use the mp3 as a backup track as I video, or would you rather I didn’t? I can go without if you’d prefer. If I use it I’ll put in the notes where it came from. Thanks, Cricket

    #5861

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Hi Cricket, that would be awesome! Of course you can use the backing tracks for that. Please post the link on the forum as soon as you get it uploaded! John

    #5862
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Ok, great! Thanks! I gotta say again, thanks so much for this lesson…I love this version but it is harder than all get-out! When I get the chance I’ll try to play it through enough to not crash and burn long enough and get it videoed…I do sometimes have chances to play in public, but this one’s gonna need a lot more time before I try that! I’m anxious, though, to video this and move on to some of these other great lessons!

    #5863
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    It called me Peggy King…lol…I’m also going by Cricket! The internet gives me too many names!

    #5864

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Ha I knew it was you! Great youtube video btw. Thank you for posting that! John

    #5865
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I’m still having a hard time playing some of these ( no kidding, hey?) … I currently don’t use a chin rest or shoulder rest…now I’m thinking of trying the shoulder rest only…I can’t stand any chin rest I’ve tried…gonna see if the shoulder rest gives me more freedom for getting up to those double stops easier. Or maybe it just takes more time. I would love to get to where I can play this on stage at our local jam…lol…that’d blow em all away!

    #17317

    captduck
    Participant

    Great Lesson, one of my favoites.
    Just curious — I see MP3 #1 and MP3 #3, but no MP3 #2.
    Is that a typo of is MP3 #2 missing?

    Thanks for the great lessons.

    CaptDuck

    #17321

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks CaptDuck! There may have been a third but I must have removed it. Thanks for letting me know! I have renumbered them.

    #17363
    Great Scott
    Great Scott
    Moderator

    Thank you John! Very nice! 🙂

    #23693

    1943
    Participant

    Oh my goodness! This is so beautiful that it brings tears to my eyes. I listen to this over and over. Maybe in my next life I’ll attempt to learn it.:) Again, I wish I had had the opportunity to learn the fiddle when I was a little kid. However, I feel very lucky now to have found BGD to enjoy. Plus there are many other great lessons on BGD for me to learn. 🙂 Thanks John.
    Ann

    #23696

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thank you Ann! It is a very beautiful song. I remember crying the first time I heard Bobby Hicks play it.

    #23699
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    John, That is one beautiful song!

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