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Medicine Bow- Peter Ostroushko
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I listened to this tonight on the way home ( thank you pandora randomizer algorithm ) and its one of those tunes that is a must learn now.

Those 1 2 5... 7.. 1 2 5...7.. 1 2 5 ..5. 1 intervals. are a sweet melody when played like it is on this.  At least i think thats the steps.. try it out.   Seems like its in G..   And the tone on the violin here is something i really like.  Kind of an Ahh type open woody sound.  probably totally opposite of how to describe.

 

 

Peter Ostroushko

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That is a pretty tune  great find.

Mark

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@ABitRusty -

WOW! 

Love the tune, plus I spent a good part of this morning listening to a lot of his other great music, from quite a few of his albums - awesome!

I was devastated to discover this great fiddler, guitarist & mandolin player, who has recorded many amazing arrangements & original compositions - just passed away in 2021!  According to wiki, Peter Ostroushko has played/recorded mandolin & violin with some seriously famous artists!  He was awarded an Emmy and used to be heard on "The Prarie Home Companion", too. 

Here's a couple more I think you might enjoy, "White Pine Elegy" & "The Crooked Man's Jig" - from his "Minnesota: A History of the Land" Soundtrack.

 

 

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/f4/e9/b6/f4e9b6c8f8e26196ab51fb1a4b29ca34.jpg

 

...I plan on sharing some of his wonderfully diverse music in other areas of the forum. 

THANK YOU!!!

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Btw, found some really great podcast recordings by Peter at his website! 

https://www.peterostroushko.co.....index.html

 

🤭 LOVE where Peter talks about that he learned the importance of "entertaining the people" & about how relieved he was that his Grandmother couldn't hear, while he taught himself the play the violin (My Life And Time As A Radio Musician - Episode 3, Part 2)

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listened to 1st episode.  Becky can sing huh?  cool songs, almost all originals.

Like that jig above you shared.  White Pine has a bit of Ashokan and that aire stringy plays in it.

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Great tunes, really taken by the chord progressions in "Dance of the Prairie Home Graveyard"... comforting, could loop that for a while & be happy. 😊 

Only listened to the 1st Episode & 3rd, Part 2 - so far. 

 

I've started playing "Lumberjack's Waltz" - LOVE IT!

 

Really fascinated with MANY of Peter's albums, but very excited about the "Peter Joins The Circus" ...can't decide where to start!

Can see you playing "See It There", but I've got my eyes on others!  🤗

 

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@elcbk yeah i like "see it there". didnt liz carrol write or at least record that?  if not she has a tune thats sounds very close to it.   for sure need to learn it sometime!

really liking the podcast..but im a prarire home companion fan..  that show and the old car talk show are great.  funny hitch hiking story and poem he shared.  

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Without the liner notes, can't be sure if Peter composed or just arranged "See It There".  ...I'm tempted to buy the CD, but like the zillion books throughout my house - CD collection is getting outta hand. 🤭 

Don't want to get off topic, but I only recently learned that the Prairie Home Companion included music other than American 'County'! 

Great jazz at the beginning of this Special, but starting at 00:52:50, the Battlefield Band with Alasdair White plays some fabulous tunes - darn if everything doesn't sound familiar, now!  ...won't be happy 'till I know the titles of their 1st 2 tunes. 🙄

Nice "Lover's & Friends" (Irish) at 01:40:00.

 

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Terrible jokes until 01:02:36, but great music! 

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"how much did the Pirate charge for corn on his farm?   A Buccaneer."  

"what was the Pirates favorite Hymn?   How Great Thou ARRRGHT."

Yup..most if not all the jokes are my flavor..🤣😁

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I have a hard time remembering where this thread is, so I'll just have to get back here more often. 

The Lumberjack's Waltz is really fun to play - has a very Scandinavian feel to it.

I'm ready for more Peter Ostroushko

 

Btw, I finally gave up on trying to figure out the other tune names, so emailed Alasdair White - I hope he can get back to me with the names of those 2 tunes I'm crazy about. 

 

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...really doesn't mean much to say, "I'm learning The Two Alasdair White Tunes with Battlefield Band in The Prairie Home Companion Jokes Video"!!! 

- Emily

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@ABitRusty -

Thank you for making me aware that Peter is playing Liz Carroll's composition, "See it There"

I finally got a chance to look at the notation at The Session - which I'm grateful for, because it's more of a twisty challenge than I care to try to learn by ear alone. 

See It There - Sheet Music with Audio

Think it will be fun, once I get it down - 3/2 time signature. 

...there's many other Liz Carroll tunes that I haven't explored, yet.  

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@Altivo - 

Giving you a shout out here!

I've started learning how to use my 'Notion Mobile' App to transcribe tunes that don't have sheet music available.  Long story short, I started transcribing Peter Ostroushko's "Lumberjack's Waltz".  I'm more learn-by-ear, but trying to share.  ...be great if you feel like pointing out my notation errors when I get it done. 😁

Anyway... it got me thinking of this thread - where I first became acquainted with Peter's music here (September 2022).  Lack of notation doesn't stop 'me', but I'm only aware of a few of his tunes at thesession.org, info at his website - so, I learn from his YT videos.

If you get time, some of us here (and maybe some new fiddlers) would really appreciate if you have anything you want to add. 🤗 

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...wish I could've met Peter Ostroushko. 

The more I look into his music, he just kicks the bar up a notch - not only on Fiddle & Mandolin, but his humor, too!  ...he's done some funny songs. 

Here's just one -

 

He composed many tunes! 

I like this video where he talks about being in Teelin, Ireland and inspiration for composing his "Teelin Bay Waltz"

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...forgot to mention - The Session has the sheet music anyone can print (with audio) of Peter's "Teelin Bay Waltz".  There's also a few other nice 'Teelin' tunes at The Session, some mixolydian!  

Jeez, how do you classify such a Fiddler that plays & composes in many different genres? 

 

More of Peter's music in related threads here: 

Peter Ostroushko's Jigs & Reels Thread

There's Wicked Fiddlers, Violists & Cellists Here! Thread

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Sure, I can look and comment on standard notation stuff. I grew up on that and have almost 65 years' experience with it. Not claiming to be infallible, but standard printed music is my native language. I can learn by ear, but that takes longer and I find it pretty frustrating.

I have edited Teelin Bay Waltz as well as Medicine Bow here for ThingamaJig. Still working on East Texas Waltz because the copy I was given is full of errors.

Years ago I took a class on Irish tunes with Catherine Hall at the Old Town School. It was enlightening, but also infuriating for me because she insisted everything be learned by ear and allowed no reference to common music notation in the classroom. Sure, it may be tradition to do it by ear, but picking it up from notation is just as valid in my opinion.

ThingamaJig is evenly divided. Two of us are fluent music readers, and the other two depend mostly on "by ear" approaches. (Unfortunately, both of them have some hearing deterioration too.)

My introduction to Peter Ostroushko was through "A Prairie Home Companion" on the radio. A lot of other significant musicians hung around there, too.

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