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I am thinking of going to a fiddle hell that is only going to be a few hours drive from my house, but I need some beginners fiddle tunes first. I have Old Joe Clark, Red Haired Boy, Brian Boru's March, and The Butterfly. I am in need of the ABC's for Bile 'em Cabbage Down and any others that you think I might be able to learn for the FH. Thanks Gang!

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Re: Easy fiddle tunes needed for first time Fiddle Hell player
« Reply #1 on: Aug 16, 2010, 03:46:23 AM »
Well. Let me be the first to chip in me 2. Titles only for now, and as time allows I'll try to dig up abc's that come pretty close to a "standard" way of playing. Meantime, feel free to search JC's or the Session or Fiddler's Companion for them. Lately I've often used http://www.folktunefinder.com/ which previews the first few measures on a treble staff, for tunes it finds.

*Angeline the Baker only takes two left fingers to play.

*Ashokan Farewell is a perennial favorite, in D with one outstanding accidental C natural.
*Si Bheag, Si Mor has a few finger hops in it, but is pretty, and well known.

*Kesh Jig
*Haste to the Wedding
*Ten Penny Bit

Those are a few that might be reachable in time. Somebody else's picks will be different.

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Re: Easy fiddle tunes needed for first time Fiddle Hell player
« Reply #2 on: Aug 17, 2010, 10:49:30 PM »
I'm not sure exactly what the repertoire at Fiddle Hell is, but a few easy(ish) tunes that are fairly common:

* Road to Lisdoonvarna
* Whisky Before Breakfast - I think this one is easier than it looks, although the string crossings might be tricky
* Egan's polka / Britches full of stitches is a fairly simple set, but you can only play it so many times before it gets really annoying
* June Apple
* Arkansas Traveller
* The Girl I Left Behind Me (aka Brighton Camp) - I thought this was purely English, but the Fiddler's Fakebook lists it as old-time / New England
* Irish Washerwoman - personally I think it's a bit rubbish, but everyone knows it.  B part might not count as easy.
* Liberty
* The Rose Tree - not sure how common this is, but I have heard it at an Irish session.  Has a high B in that has to be spot-on.
* Soldier's Joy - there are several versions of the B part for this tune; some are easier than others.

* King of the Fairies, though again I'm not sure how easy it is

* Over the Waterfall.  The A part from this tune is actually the B part to Dark Girl Dressed in Blue, a much better (but much less well known) English tune.

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Re: Easy fiddle tunes needed for first time Fiddle Hell player
« Reply #3 on: Aug 31, 2010, 04:34:39 PM »
Here's 2 - jig's

T:Jimmy Ward's Jig
c2c BAG|ABA ABc|dcA AGE|1 GED D2B:|2 GED DEF||

T:Old Joe's Jig
f2A AFA|BAF A2A|BdB AFA|Bcd efg|
f2A AFA|BAF A2A|B/c/dB AFA|Bdc d2e:|
fgf efe|dBA d2e|faa afe|faa b2a|
~f3 efe|dBA d2e|fAA AFA|Bdc d3:||


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Re: Easy fiddle tunes needed for first time Fiddle Hell player
« Reply #4 on: Aug 31, 2010, 04:41:56 PM »
Planxty Irwin:
: 1
T: Planxty Irwin
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|:d|g2 f efg|d2 c BAG|c2 A Bcd|F2 G A2 d|
g2 f efg|d2 c BAG|c2 A Bcd|G2 F G2:|
|:d|g2 g gfg|a2 a afd|b2 b a2 g|f2 e def|
g2 f efg|d2 c BAG|c2 A Bcd|G2 F G2:|

Staten Island:
X: 1
T: Staten Island
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Dmaj
|:A2|FDFG A2A2|dfed dcBA|B2GB A2FA|G2E2 E2AG|
FDFG A2A2|dfed dcBA|d2d2 efge|f2d2 d2:|
|:fg|a2fa g2eg|f2df ecBA|=c2c2 efge|=c2c2 efge|
a2fa g2eg|f2df ecBA|d2d2 efge|f2d2 d2:||

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Re: Easy fiddle tunes needed for first time Fiddle Hell player
« Reply #5 on: Nov 08, 2010, 07:49:42 PM »
As far which tunes Fill Hell has a tune list http://www.reinerfamilyband.com/fiddlehellmassac/common-tune-list.html

I go to http://abcnotation.com/search and it's rare I don't find the ABC/MIDI I'm looking for.

David Reiner also has a good Fiddle Hell CD out with 52 of the Fiddle Hell (common) tunes. It's on the web site above.


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