Margaret’s Waltz

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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  • #24635
    Great ScottGreat Scott
    Moderator

    Howdy Fiddleathome, and welcome to the best fiddle site on the planet!

    I don’t know what the problem could be.  I just now checked all of John’s beginner videos for Margaret’s Waltz and they all worked fine.

    Are your cookies enabled in your browser.  Sometimes this will be the problem in some browsers.

    Try signing in through another web browser (Firefox, Opera, etc.) and then go to the lessons page and see if you can watch the videos.  Other than that, I can’t think of anything else that would be preventing you from watching the videos.  Please come back and post if you are still experiencing problems.

    Scott

    #24640
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Thanks for tips, Scott!

    Fiddleathome, can you give it another try? I made a change that might fix the link in some browsers.

    #24679
    Avatarfiddle camp
    Participant

    John – That fixed it.  Thanks.

     

    #24680
    Avatarfiddle camp
    Participant

    Hi Scott, thanks for the suggestions.  I’m using Firefox.  John’s ‘fix’ solved the problem for me, must be a browser incompatibility issue, those are killer sometimes.

    I joined in order to learn cotton eyed joe, but I think it’s just too hard for me (the double stops part).  So then I thought I’d try a beginner waltz, which is too easy for me, but the intermediate version is too hard.  so I’m a bit confused. 🙂

     

     

    #24684
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Sometimes it can be a jump from the beginner to the intermediate version! I need to publish a suggested “path” based on difficulty.

    #25263
    RockRock
    Participant

    John, I’ve been having trouble with the timing of 1-0 2-0 3-0 2-0 etc.
    I’m thinking of picturing someone juggling, what do you think?

    #25269
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Rock, I’m delighted you are learning this song!

    I think you are talking about measures 18-19. These are eighth notes, so they are just as fast as all the other eighth notes. The best thing I can tell you is to listen to Vido #4, the beginner metronome video, starting around the 1:30 mark.

    #25279
    RockRock
    Participant

    Thanks John, will do!

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