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Ashokan Farewell
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EJ-Kisz
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Hey everybody!

I just wanted to share one of the songs I've been working recently.  Actually, this is one of the songs that inspired me to learn violin a long time ago!  

I heard this song on a PBS special for the Civil War.  It stuck with me for many years now!  On another forum topic here, we were talking about inspirational music and I found that I wasn't the only one who was inspired by this song.  Maybe there are more who'd like to learn this!  

So, here's the old Scottish Lament, "Ashokan Farewell" by Jay Ungar

 

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Mmmmm.. yes, I love that song too, EJ. There are many who play  it on the Tube.

 The Lady does a fine job of it.   violin_girl

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Fiddlestix said
Mmmmm.. yes, I love that song too, EJ. There are many who play  it on the Tube.

 The Lady does a fine job of it.   violin_girl

They actually have a good demonstration of "Orange Blossom Special" which is pretty funny!  She's one heck of a player!  

I especially love this youtube version because it's pretty close to the music I found.  She does throw a little embellishment in here and there, but it's pretty close!  I especially love the Irish style "note rolls."  I'm working on learning how to play those as well, but for now, I'm sticking with the vocal sheet music! LOL  

Does anybody know of a vid or recording where the playing is matched to the original music?  ......without the extra's? LOL  I know the "extra's" are what fiddlin's about, but I was just hoping for something to play along to.  This way, I can correct my mistakes without pausing and double checking the music every few measures.  dunno

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You are right EJ, I checked many videos while drinking my tea and no one follows the music sheet. They are put triolets at the wrong places and add notes or double stops where none are. But that's what interpretation is! Practice with the music sheet and be the first to play it as it swas meant to be played! violin_girl

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This rendition of "Ashokan Farewell", is about the closest i've found to the original. There are no jazzy parts or double stops, just plain note for note music.

In fact, i've learned half the song already just from listening, about 20 minutes worth.

  Good luck with it, EJ  thumbs-up

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That's beautiful, Fiddlestix. It led me to this one entirely by cello. Hope the link works. If not, I'll try something different.

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If I had been in charge of inventing string instruments I would have stopped after the cello

( and the creation of cats ).  

(and the Lady)

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How beautifull is that ?   Wonder if that's cdennyb in his orchard, switched instruments.

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That is a beautiful song, but the one by the celtic lady is the only one that is playable for me. facepalm

Oliver you must be a Yo Yo Ma fan.coffee

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Yo Yo Ma playing "Songs My Mother Taught Me" makes old people choke up.

I also believe it is true that the cello range contains much of the range of the human voice. 

Maybe some day I'll get one of those electric cello-on-a-stick things !

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Oh wow!  I never heard it on Cello before!!  That sounds great!  .......my wife just yelled at me for watching that video! LOL  "NO, YOUR NOT GETTING A CELLO NOW!" 

LOL, oh well! 😀  I'll stick with my fiddle.....having too much fun with it!  

I heard Ashokan Farewell was based off another Scottish song from the early 1800's much like Danny Boy/Londonderry Air.  Does anybody know of it???  

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It does sounds better on a cello!heart

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