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A stab at Whiskey Before Breakfast....
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BillyG
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April 30, 2016 - 3:45 am
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G'day all. Here we go, latest recordings (well, I'll post only one of three I've just made here). Must say, that two years in to playing now, I'm comfortable enough with single takes (still plenty of faults of course), but I look back on my first attempts which scarcely managed to hold together for more than 30 seconds, and usually took about 5 or 10 takes to find one reasonable enough to post - so I guess it's progress, of a kind.... Whiskey Before Breakfast (the tune, not what I was drinking) -

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Uzi
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Way cool Billy.  In your first version I could definitely hear the Scottish influence.  It might be fun to try to play this with the "Nashville Shuffle."  It's a long bow, short bow, short bow rhythm.  Slur 2 quavers (as ya'll say) on the long bow, then 1 quaver each on the short bows. Crotchets are obviously long bow. 

Another thing that sounds good when playing this tune is when you get up to the A at the start d-e-f-g-A,  play the A with your little finger on the D string while also playing the open A string (same for the high E in part B.)  That will really hillbilly the tune up.  Actually, you can pretty much drone the A string the entire time your playing on the D string if the mood strikes you. 

Your sounding good. 

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Well, thank you so much for the constructive feedback @Uzi - you know this already - it is truly welcomed.   Thank you !

LOL @the Scottish Influence - hahaha - and I know EXACTLY where that's happening and the "beauty" of it is that it is done without conscious effort !

But, that's fiddle music for you.  Cool!   Yup - I do a lot of drones and DS now, but sometimes I try to "clean it up" more to get the feel of the basic tune itself - I always find when I double stop, for some unknown reason, I lapse into quite a different "overall feel" / "slightly modified rhythm" - yup - that's maybe the "hillbilly" / "hoe-down" kind of thing that happens....  you're right....

I shall be working on that on this tune now I have the basic thing pretty much nailed....  

Thanks again.

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Great job, Billy 🙂 I always love watching your videos, and hearing what you put into the tunes 🙂 

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Great playing Billy! 🙂 I second what damfino said I like seeing/hearing what you put in the tunes.

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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Nice, Bill! I really like the Celtic embellishments you added to WBB.

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BillyG
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Thanks @AnnyJ and @kindascratchy - Celtic embellishments - I guess "you can take the music out of Scotland, but ye cannae tak Scotland oot o' th' music"   ( hmm... well... that meant something in my mind when I wrote it..... roflol  - it's maybe partly related to the "birls" and "cuts" used in bagpipe playing that somehow kind of leak-out-of-my-subconscious and find their way into some of the stuff I try to do on fiddle ....)   And no - I don't play the pipes - but you can't escape hearing it here!  LOL (just something we have to live with in this part of the world, like the accursed Scottish midge - a tiny mosquito-like insect, scarcely the size of a full-stop on a printed page....  demons...  and it's only the female of the species that are the blood-suckers...)

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