Over the Waves (Sobre las Olas)

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Over the Waves."

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Genre: Old Time
Skill Level: Intermediate
Key of G

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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing the old time tune "Over the Waves."



"Over the Waves" (Sobre las Olas) - The tune as we know it was adapted from the longer and more difficult waltz titled "Sobre Las Olas" which was written in 1884 by a full-blooded Otomi Indian by the name of Juventino Rosas. In Mexico he is known as "King of the Waltzes" and there is even a town named after him.

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  • #50983

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune “Over the Waves.”

    The tune as we know it was adapted from the longer and more difficult waltz titled “Sobre Las Olas” which was written in 1884 by a full-blooded Otomi Indian by the name of Jubentino Rosas. In Mexico he is known as “King of the Waltzes” and there is even a town named after him.

    Over the Waves (Sobre las Olas)

    #50993
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
    Participant

    Thank you John ! This is great.

    #50994
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Cool!  I love this tune…very fiddly!  Gotta learn it.  Thanks, John!  Thanks for requesting it, Steve!

    #51001
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
    Participant

    Wow video 3 is the longest I have seen what a lot of work on your part . If I cant learn from this lesson I am In real trouble. I can’t say enough about this wonderful lesson so how bout Love it , thank you .

    #51003

    Robin123
    Participant

    Neat tune..

    #51016
    Justine
    Justine
    Participant

    I’ve heard this waltz many times but never knew its interesting history. Lovely arrangement! Thank you, John!

    #51030

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks Steve, and everyone else. If there is anything else you’d like to see on this tune, just let me know.

    It sounds great with some harmony, and so I will also add the tabs/notes for a harmony part in case an advanced fiddler wants to play twin.

    #51044
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
    Participant

    Great

    #51047
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Gets better and better!

    #52244
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
    Participant

    G’Mornin’ Dr. John,

    Checked out this Over the Waves tune and was surprised by the name.. Heard it …forever but it was nameless  Decided to attempt it and maybe add it to my list of practice tunes.   It’s now becoming a regular.

    You don’t know how I appreciate getting your description of every note in tab explained as you patiently and thoroughly go through the song. Using the pinky to plug in the 2L  and that  run of double stops is very helpful and being able to get you in such a a good teaching mood at any time of day is a plus too.   You appear to be a happy person!

    #52255

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thank you Ralph! I hope to hear you play it sometime. It’s a beautiful song, I’m glad it’s now a part of your regular rotation!

    #52276
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
    Participant

    I am getting close to be able to play this through start to finish . I play it every day multiple times . I still loose my place two out of three times I play it and I sail through the rest spots a lot but will soon get it . LOL

    #52300
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I hope we get to hear it.  It’s been on my back burner since I first got my own fiddle, back…8 years ago…I always got lost trying to remember how the B part goes.  One of these days I’m gonna get through the lesson and try to get it down.

    #52302
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
    Participant

    Cricket you know you want to nail this one . Now all we got to do is get the tune  [Way Down Yonder ] to follow this tune

    https://youtu.be/pYtZ7s8BIYo

    #52312
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    I’ve had this  melody in my head all my life, and I’m puzzled where it came from.  As a child my Mom had the radio on a lot, and I wonder if I was attracted to this from the radio, & if so why?  I know sometimes the Bugs Bunny cartoons would use tunes like this as a background for his antics…I guess as a comparison of utter foolishness with humanity’s highest culture accomplishments??  But I had very little exposure to cartoons until recent years actually.  I guess I’ll never know what the significant event was that got this in my head.  The song I grew up singing to myself every day is the ‘Humpback Mule’ tune and I don’t ever remember ever hearing anyone sing it…ever.  In fact, I often wondered if it was even a real song or just something I made up, until my son came home with it on a video tape.  He heard me singing it all his life so much that when he found it he had to bring it home for me. Now it’s on youtube, along with every word that ever been uttered by humanity…

    #52313
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
    Participant

    It was played at the Circus for the flying trapeze act and so on .

    #52360
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
    Participant

    Just realized on the earlier post that I said something quite odd about using the pinky for the 2L    Can’t be done so don’t know where that came from?  Maybe that’s the problem with my catching on to some songs.   Can’t blame you for that one as you said “first finger”  and I actually was using the correct one and my hands isn’t deformed.  Not a well thought out remark on my part!

    #52363
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Lol…I can relate with writing posts and then seeing them later, thinking…huh???? Am I just crazy, or what?

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