Forum - Banjo Ben Clark

The Fiddle Thread

This thread is for sharing fiddle stuff.

Ben doesn’t teach it, but several people here play it or are interested so thought I’d start this out.

I have a couple fiddles
An old D. Salzad cir 1860-80, and a Gliga (Christian) from 2008 that Courtney Rorrer used on tour with Alan Bibey.

I’ve been playing the older one this Winter.

Here is a recording of Cherokee Shuffle to Ben’s rhythm track.

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Here is some Salt Creek.

Certainly not perfect, but fun to play. This one gave me just the most awful time keeping my bow direction right…haha

Took some of it from Ben’s mando lesson and some is my own.

Again, Ben played the backup track.

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One more for today.

Me trying to play a Glen Duncan break to In The Garden on the Gliga.

Picture on the video is me (covered in sawdust after a tree job) at a jam in my Uncles’ Pole Barn.

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Hi Dave, Thanks for this, now I have some great slow arrangements to practice my banjo backup.

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Great job Dave! I don’t think I should make anyone suffer listening to my fiddle…

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I’ve got another slow one or two I’ll post for you when I find them Archie.

@D_HRRFan7303 Harrison, no tune goes unpunished! :wink:

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Trying to create my version a Blaine Sprouse version of the Kenny Baker version of Pass Me Not (Oh Gentle Saviour)

Don’t do a lot of things in Bb but I like the sound of it on the fiddle.

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Thanks Dave, Please include the Key Signature in the notes so I have some kind of heads up to figuring out the chord progression I can usually figure out tunes in G and A fairly easily.

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:sparkling_heart::sparkling_heart: this one.

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CS A
SC A
ITG G
PMN Bb

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Here’s a little snippet of Sallie Goodin (just up 'til the full band comes in). Most of it comes from a version by Mike Barnett.

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Nice fiddling! I remember you mentioning that you were learning that a couple years ago when someone posted that jam here on the forum, and you did a good job with that solo!

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Thanks!

I love Mike’s style on the fiddle , and have managed to figure out a few things he does, but actually playing them in a song situation is still on the bucket list

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Great thead. I just started taking lessons on the fiddle a couple of months ago. I bought a fiddle about a year ago but lack of frets and learning bow technique was pretty tough on me. I found a local teacher and I’m really enjoying this companion to my mandolin.

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Cool!

yeah, bowing and intonation are always a challenge.

It does make a nice companion to fiddle with the same tuning, even if I use different strategies to approach playing.

The break on this next one comes from Mac McGaha on an old Reno & Smiley recording. I changed the Bass part from the original one-five to a simple two-step style I thought fit it well.

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Here’s one from a couple years ago.

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Nice! I like the run @ .20 & @ .44 that repeats thru the song!
Is that an Otis sighting in the background :paw_prints:?

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Yes, that is Otis!

that lick came from a Glen Duncan Break I liked (most of the chorus part did)

This is why I don’t do many live videos…underwater instruments

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That was great, I really enjoyed it!

Thanks Gunnar!

i was hoping to get some others involved here but seems it’s not happening…oh well.

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