Margaret’s Waltz

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This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Margaret's Waltz" by Pat Shaw.

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Genre: Celtic, Old Time
Skill Level: Intermediate
Key of A

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "Margaret's Waltz."

Video #2: Here is a video of me performing the beginner version of "Margaret's Waltz."

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

Margaret's Waltz is an English fiddle tune. It was written by Pat Shaw on the retirement of Margaret Grant as president from the Devon EFDSS (English Folk Dance and Song Society) in 1959 and performed at the Sidmouth Folk Festival. A dance was also composed in 1959 to accompany the tune.  Aly Bain made it famous through a Boys of the Lough recording hence the reason why it is often thought of as from Shetland. The song became popular in Old Time circles due to the play of the late J. P. Fraley, a Kentucky fiddler who learned the song from Aly Bain. (tunearch.org)

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  • #6387
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Margaret’s Waltz
    This is always a favorite at my summer Fiddle Camp.

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/margarets-waltz-fiddle-lesson/

    #6388
    Avatardelma trevino
    Participant

    love the way you play Margaret’s waltz trying to learn it

    #6389
    Avatarhizaleus
    Participant

    I was a little surprised to see this tune listed as Celtic, being familiar with it from Contradance music. I’m grateful for your stories about the origin of tunes. Many tunes believed to be traditional are recent compositions by known individuals. It puts into perspective the attitudes of some “purists.”

    #6390
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Thank you! I use the word “celtic” to group tunes that come from nations or people who are considered to be Celtic. This means I will include some modern and also some eastern Canadian tunes in the group. I hope I don’t offend anyone! 🙂

    #7469
    peggyspeggys
    Participant

    I don’t see the video for this one John. I’ve refreshed the page just in case it was my computer…I picked this one up a while ago but have never tried it in public, still need a little work on the bowing to smooth it out.

    Thanks,
    Peggy

    #15954
    RockRock
    Participant

    Hey John, Love the green background!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    #15957
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    YEEAHH ! WoW, that was cool. Soooooo nice John ! That was amazing version of the song. Don t think I would of heard it if it wasn’t for Rock mentioning the color ! Thanks Rock ! And true to what Rock said, the colors there are warm and well nice . This was a year ago ! Changes changes changes , time time time traveling through music… Ahhhh , I m loving this .
    Thanks BGD
    Gu

    #15959
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Haha well I was going to try a “green screen” effect and put an interesting background behind me, but I just wasn’t satisfied with it. So I just left it green! Great Scott has requested the beginner version of this song as well, so I’ll be teaching that soon.

    #15968
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    The problem is the green reflection on my face. When I put in a cool background, it partially shows through me. This could probably be fixed with proper back lighting, but my recording space isn’t deep enough for that. 🙁

    #15970
    AvatarAngela
    Participant

    I was thinking of getting a green screen to use when I post to the Lion’s Den. Then, I was going to add a great, dream backup band behind me. :^D

    #15972
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Hahaha now that is an awesome idea. Please put yourself on stage with the Nashville Bluegrass Band while fiddling “Jingle Bells!”

    #16046
    AvatarHighlonsome
    Participant

    Now that’s some smooth fiddle playing!  I really love this  song.  John your fiddle  sounds awesome  I could listen to you play for hours.  Wait a minute I already do.  Hope your having a great new year. Take care.

    #16050
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Thanks Highlonsome!

    #16051
    JustineJustine
    Participant

    Margaret’s Waltz is beautiful, John but I probably need the beginner’s version.

    #17199
    Great ScottGreat Scott
    Moderator

    John — I was thinking:  If I got the tabs for Margaret’s Waltz and tried to play it in a simplified beginners form by whiting out all the ornaments etc, would it then sound anything like MW in your opinion? –especially when a beginner is playing it.  Because there is no beginner lesson, the omitting of all the ornaments etc, seems like the way to learn the basics of the tune, but I wonder if it would wreck an otherwise beautiful tune; after all, it is the ornamentation that makes it what it is.  I have tried to follow your Youtube lesson on it (lesson from circa 2009) but I get a little lost because I can’t always see your correct fingering and notes in the video).  Just wondering?  Do you think it would be worth learning without all the frilly bits?

     

    #17264
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Definitely!

    But, I tabbed a beginner version today, and it will be an easy lesson. I’ll try to make a video lesson tonight and post it tomorrow.

    #17364
    Great ScottGreat Scott
    Moderator

    Thank you, John! Very much appreciated!

    #17370
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Scott, I had a software glitch that I had to fix today, but I am uploading the new metronome videos right now. The beginner version should be all ready to go by early tomorrow! John

    #17622
    Great ScottGreat Scott
    Moderator

    John, I just want to thank you for uploading “Margaret’s Waltz”. I got to watch it just now and it is fab, fab, FABULOUS! Really nice job! Sounds SOOOOOOO sweet!

    #17637
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    You are welcome! I’m just happy to have a beginner version out there. The timing and ornamentation on the Aly Bain version beautiful, but a real buzz-kill if you are just getting started and want to play a beautiful waltz.

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