Randy, I like the way you think. Thanks for the insight. "More" does not always equal "better" and I think that is particularly true of the dulcimer.
I wonder if my great grandfather played those tunes on his fiddle. He was a riverboat carpenter on the Ohio River. All I know is Pop Blackard played fiddle and had a red beard. You've given me another dimension. Thanks for sharing the music.
"Whenever I play these kind of fiddle tunes, I try to think of ways to add variety instead of playing them 3 times the same way. Laziness has guided me to put several together rather than having to think too much about different ways to play each song."
Alright then Phil! First let me say I enjoy listening to you play the tunes. I sure like that Flying Hog Reel. You play the tunes with a feel and an honesty I like to hear.
Second...I'm not sure it's laziness! In my case anyways I prefer to not think so! At one time I felt compelled to devise various ways to play a tune....the more complicated the better. Don Pedi has had a profound influence on my playing and on my general outlook on the tunes and he told me a few years back "I just play the tune." That freed me from the compulsion to think I had to play something fancier each time thru the tune.
When I'm learning a tune I generally fall into a way I like to play it...that's comfortable for me.... and about the only variations I do are mostlyrhythmic. I don't want to play anything too hard! I'll adjust things and make it easier for me to play within the confines of my ability.
Don't get me wrong, I like to hear Steve Siefert and Aaron O'Rourke play the bejesus outa the tunes, and if I had that kind of ability and the desire to play like that or if I had to make my living playing the music I probly would work at it. My comfort level right now is "just play the tune."
Hi Heather, I'm just a simple chap, but do I understand that you wish to be kept up to speed on happenings at Downton ? Well..............you know that chap with the bad arm proposed to the second daughter, and 'tother ran or'f with the chauffeur, and the butler killed a prison guard while inside ? It seems that suddenly out of the blue the estate............ darn, the phone, back later !
Stay with me Heather Elaine
The quality of that medely stands alone, and should not be considered alongside the ensuing discussion ! I consider my knuckles rapped ! sorry Phil, (but you started it lol,PETA indeed)
from a contrite JohnH
The discussion of your lovely medely has spiraled down the drain! :) :)
Hey I never said anything about eating a dog. EWWWW. Though I know in some cultures it's fine. To each his own.
But yeah I'm all for PETA - YUM !
Duh ! I asked for that!!! Should've known who would reply LOL ! Oh well, they would never have been big enough to turn the spit at Downton ! ( blast from the past for me on Sun, Shirley MacLaine joins the cast )
Mule's a bit stringy and tough - like old goat. But dog -- now there's some fine eatin'. That's why chihuahua's are the size they are, ya know.... one per stewpot. No joke. Bred to be a convenient meal-sized package.
Works for me Phil! (tho' I can't recollect eatin' mule or dog, who knows what was in tha last Doner Kebab ?)
Thanks for all the kind words, y'all! Whenever I play these kind of fiddle tunes, I try to think of ways to add variety instead of playing them 3 times the same way. Laziness has guided me to put several together rather than having to think too much about different ways to play each song.
Mandy, if you follow up with the tunes you suggested, you could call it the PETA medley:
Way 2 GO Phil !!! Looking 4ward when we can meet again to play all these fun tunes together...
That is some FINE PICKIN' THERE SIR! I loved your version of Cluck, and that was some great stuff on Turkey too.
Sounds like a perfect follow up would be Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy, Shove that Pigs Foot a Little Further into the Fire, Beans Bacon and Gravy, Bake that Chicken Pie, and more.
Thanks for posting Phil,
That was so HAPPY and FUN I LOVED it! You put it together GREAT!
Nice going Phil... really a joy to listen to.
How fun! It makes me want to go practice some more. Very inspiring!
What fun! I just love to see a dulicmer player lookin' happy while makin' music!
AWrighty then ... everything but Old McDonald. Nice transitions, you made 'er all work. Loved the whole vid!