Lovers’ Waltz

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Lovers' Waltz" by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.

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Genre: Old Time
Skill Level: Intermediate
Key of G, modulate to D

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Video #1: Here is a video of me recording the fiddle tune "Lovers' Waltz."

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

The Lovers' Waltz is a beautiful fiddle tune written by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason have become one of the most celebrated duos in the American acoustic music scene. Their consummate musicianship, incomparable warmth and wit, and obvious love of the music have delighted audiences worldwide.

Many know them from A Prairie Home Companion, from their own public radio program Dancing on the Air on WAMC's Northeast Network, or from film soundtracks such as Legends of the Fall and Brother's Keeper. Millions were entranced by the music they did for Ken Burns' PBS documentary The Civil War. Their performance of the series' signature tune, Jay's haunting composition Ashokan Farewell, earned the couple international acclaim. The soundtrack won a Grammy and Ashokan Farewell was nominated for an Emmy.

This simple, but powerful melody was originally inspired by the week-long Fiddle & Dance Camps that Jay & Molly run for musicians and dancers at Ashokan Center in the Catskill Mountains. People attend the camps to become better fiddlers, guitarists, mandolin players, percussionists, dancers, dance callers and instructors—and while they're doing that they're becoming links in the chain that help to pass our folk legacy from the people who came before us to those who will follow.

source:  jayandmolly.com

 

 

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  • #6382

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    The Lovers’ Waltz
    Another great tune from Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/the-lovers-waltz-fiddle-lesson/

    #6383

    Woodcutter
    Member

    Thanks John for all your great lessons!

    #6384

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    You are welcome! I’m glad that you are here 🙂

    #9350

    ice1272
    Member

    John,
    I’ve been working on this song and as I watch you play I see alot of “pinky action going on” that I would love to know. I understand you are maybe playing a little more advanced version, sort of dressing it up a bit, But “MAN WOULD I LIKE TO SEE THAT IN the TABs !” (Not yelling at you LOL) but really would like to learn that version as I see Jay Ungar doing that on his video of the song as well.

    Christopher Ice

    Incidentally I’ve learned the Ashokan Farewell to the point where it at least you can recognize the song LOL. I’m 52 and a beginner at to be honest I am having so much fun. I probably shouldn’t jump around so much but to be honest these to sounds are the ones that had rekindle my fiddle interest after so many years.

    thanks for a great website

    #9475

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Your wish is my command, Christopher. I have uploaded the tablature to include my grace notes. Enjoy! John

    #9513

    ice1272
    Member

    Wow…Becareful what you ask for!!! I do believe I’m up to the challenge tho ! It might take me a few years to get it but it looks like fun !
    Again, I am having a great time learning to play the fiddle. With my scedule its almost impossible to learn in a traditional way and your web site has been a blessing for me. John thanks for taking the time to provide the additional Tabs I am sure your a busy giy and from the looks of things, to put that together took some effort. Again thanks

    #12284
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Hi John
    This isn’t the way I learned it. I don’t know why I looked at this lesson because I thought I already knew it. Before BGD I watched you on YouTube and numbered your finger position. It is one of the songs I remember from my first effort playing the fiddle. But I really like this one best. I listened to Jay play it and this is much more like it. I never could get the harmonics at the end anyway.
    Your really a great teacher and friend.
    Thanks

    #12288
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    LOOOOOve Lovers Waltz ! very first song I learned from BGD ! It is a wow-er, song, full of sweetness and joy. i would like some pointers me too, Ill try to put me playing it in the Lions Den soon enough. The octave notes are so nice. :O) Thanks again John and Jay of course for writing such creamy heart-full melodies :O)
    Gu

    #12289

    Angela
    Participant

    This is one of my favorites, too. I can see the two lovers dancing, looking into each others’ eyes and unaware of the world around them…just absorbed in each other and the moment. :^)

    #12290
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    I agree with you Angela, it is special. Have you watched Jay and Molly on youtube?

    #12291

    Angela
    Participant

    Oh yea! 🙂

    #12305

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    My daughter (piano) and I are playing this at a wedding back home on December 6th. The bride’s name is Maria. I taught this song to her father, who was a dear friend of mine. He died two years ago of cancer, and I had the privilege of playing “I’ll Fly Away” by his graveside. She is walking down the aisle alone (but not alone) while this tune is played, to honor the memory of her dad. It will be such a bittersweet moment.

    Gary

    Gary

    #12328
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Hey John

    How very special, I bet that song has more history and memories than we could ever imagine.

    #12336

    Angela
    Participant

    Oh wow. How special. And what a great honor to be asked to be part of that very moment. Blessings to you all and to Maria.

    #12361
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Hey John, thank you so much for the grace notes.
    Your the best! 🙂

    #12367
    peggys
    peggys
    Participant

    Wnat a special way to bring Maria’s father to her wedding! It will be a wonderful time to reminisce.

    #12396
    Justine
    Justine
    Participant

    This is a beautiful arrangement of Lover’s Waltz. Your playing of it is awesome! It will be a poignant tribute
    to your friend when you play this at Maria’s wedding.

    #12411

    Goldberry
    Participant

    How lovely… I’m sure you and your daughter will do a fantastic job. Lorien is such a great piano player and with John on the fiddle it will be a walk down the aisle to remember in more ways than one. What a blessing to share this with your friend’s daughter.

    #43490

    Trixie9
    Participant

    Hi John,

    My name is Tim Beverly, I am so happy that I found your website on fiddling! and I have been working on The Lover’s Waltz! My question is in bar 20, what does the capital “2L”? I am kind of stuck with that symbol! Please let me know what your symbols mean. Great Website!!!! Thanks for helping us fiddlers out!

    Tim Beverly

    #43504

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Hi and welcome! It means to lower, or flat the second finger when in the first position. For example, on the E string, the second finger is normally playing G Sharp. When you see 2L on the E string, that means you should play G natural instead. Sometimes you will also see a 3H, which means to sharp the third finger.

    Here is a link that will help you get the hang of it!

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/step-2-how-to-read-tablature-fiddle-lesson/

    #43536
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    This begs a nice, sweet harmony 2nd violin music page.

    #43567

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Noted! 🙂  Great request, Rodger, I’ll do that.

    #43731
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    This is a fine duet John.  I think my son went to school with these girls, but not sure…there’s some connection though.  I think there’s some amazing stuff could be done in the form of licks played in a round fashion.  You’d have to have two people working together to write it..you couldn’t write it alone.

    #43739
    fiddliferous1950
    fiddliferous1950
    Participant

    Absolutely beautiful!

    #43740
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    The whole family does professional concerts full time for years now.  Don’t know if they write their own arrangements, but pretty sure they do.  I wish they would face each other and interact…they do that sometimes.

    #43787
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    I’ve been listening to Jay Ungar’s performance of this in Maryland that’s on youtube, and I think both the lead violin and piano are better with the Collingsworth’s performance, especially in feeling and power.

    I know Jay can struggle really putting himself into a piece after he’s played it a thousand times.  This seems to be common for professionals, even Michael Cleveland gets tired of playing, but he doesn’t show it…when he plays he rises to the occasion. The girls definitely  aren’t burned out, and their Mom is, well,  incredible.  I guess this begs the question, how to truly put your soul into playing when it becomes too familiar.

    #43877

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    What a talented family! The mom on the piano; the girls playing the fiddles; the dad announcing then walking out to inexplicably shift each microphone stand a tiny distance after the song begins… They are all really good at what they do!

    These girls are absoultely fantastic. When you are a young musician in a band with your parents, it is difficult to play with a lot of passion and feeling. That will change as they mature. At some point in your career, you begin to turn to your music, not as a chore, but as an solace for pain and an outlet for emotion. They are technically amazing in the video above, but will really explode once they learn to have fun with it. 🙂

    #43883
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    I thought you knew the Collingsworths John. This is an old video.  They have become quite famous now and are in demand all over.  Their family has grown a lot also.  I think you misread my meaning John. I was complimenting the girls dynamics as being much better than the Ungers, and was commenting on Jay’s lack of passion in his playing compared to the girls.  This is a clinic on connecting with the audience.  The audience is a quite mature (read old geezers) and patient group.  When the girl who is playing 1st violin gets up to the mic, she knows the audience and sends a strong message to them. It appears at first like an amateur mistake, but it’s not. She’s telling the audience…”This is my music and I’m in total control and you will take it as I give it to you!” and then she does.  Her timing is an absolute clinic in controlling her audience, and owning the arrangement.  Tiny milliseconds in her pauses, rests, and (whats the term for extending a note a little).  Barely perceptible at times and others dramatic.  Also the camera work and sound board guy are exceptional. I’m sure some of the volume dynamics are due to the sound board, as I doubt the mic has such response.  You only see that floating camera once, right at the end, but it would have distracted me beyond hope if I was playing.

    #43886

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    They are completely awesome — we have played with them quite a few times. I think, at this point, everyone knows them! I was commenting on the video above; even though they were good even then, they have come such a long way with their presentation and their on-stage comfort. I was having a little fun with the dad (Phil) in my comments — sometimes you have to adjust the microphones a little bit just to feel involved. 🙂 They are a wonderful group, and yes, consumate pros. I love them!

    #43895
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    John, did you ever run into a great 5 string banjo player by the name of Toby Reed? He was my roommate in Bible College in Ky., and he was from somewhere not too far from your neck of the woods.

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    #43903

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I can’t remember! Do you know if he played with a band?

    #43905
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    I lost track of him after school, but he was really good with that banjo.  I’m sure he played somewhere…

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