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Lonesome Fiddle Blues
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Anyone play "Lonesome Fiddle Blues"? 

Or, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"?

I was skimming over a bunch of tutorials for "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", there's some very good ones and picked up some great tips for when I'm ready to start having fun with some improve (hope soon)! 

What I really found interesting is Charlie Daniels was inspired by the Vassar Clements tune, "Lonesome Fiddle Blues".  Charlie played guitar for Vassar's 1975 album release by that name.  According to "wiki", Vassar Clements is known as "the Father of Hillbilly Jazz."

Vassar Clements 

Curious to see if I liked it, decided to check out "Lonesome Fiddle Blues" - found a little tutorial by Clements, himself, at Fiddlerius Fiddle.  Some great riffs and tips here worth learning!  He doesn't play it all the way thru until the end.

Lonesome Fiddle Blues

So, Charlie Daniels developed his bluegrass ballad from "LFB" and even The Muppets have played Charlie's - but there's a few spawns from Charlie's that are interesting.  "The Devil Went Down to Jamaica" by Travis Meyer, is hilarious but not fit for this forum. 

Not Blues or Jazz (the 😈 made me do it), "The Devil Came Up to Michigan" (my home state) by K.M.C. Kru - surprised me with at least a little reference to the fiddle music.  Who knows, may have sparked some interest to check out fiddle music by listeners... never know.  

The Devil Came Up To Michigan 

 

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...don't get me started on riffs vs licks vs motifs! 

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glad Johnny won that..but think that solo the other guy did was smokin.  Mark O'conner on skates in the 2nd video was the best though..

Think my favorite of the ones you mentioned is lonesome fiddle blues.

Licks, riffs, and motifs... sounds like youve been doing some solo improvisations!  

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@iFIDDLE -

Yeah, loved the 2nd - had to go back & watch again, cause I didn't remember the skateboard!  The crystal ball & book reminded me of David Bowie's "Labyrinth" (1986).  

Both tunes always remind me of the story and 1941 Film version of "The Devil and Daniel Webster" ("All That Money Can Buy"). 

Figured the whole "Devil went down to Georgia" fiddling needs to be discussed further elsewhere - was trying to draw attention to the Blues/Jazz foundation.   The Wiki Bio of Vassar Clements was pretty enlightening.

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...been slowly trying to prepare for improve, gathering bits & pieces - but boy, trying to find just exactly the difference between a riff & lick was like running the gauntlet!  But, I got it! (lol) 

- Emily

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ELCBK said
@iFIDDLE -

Yeah, loved the 2nd - had to go back & watch again, cause I didn't remember the skateboard!  The crystal ball & book reminded me of David Bowie's "Labyrinth" (1986).  

Both tunes always remind me of the story and 1941 Film version of "The Devil and Daniel Webster" ("All That Money Can Buy"). 

Figured the whole "Devil went down to Georgia" fiddling needs to be discussed further elsewhere - was trying to draw attention to the Blues/Jazz foundation.   The Wiki Bio of Vassar Clements was pretty enlightening.

giphy.gif

 

...been slowly trying to prepare for improve, gathering bits & pieces - but boy, trying to find just exactly the difference between a riff & lick was like running the gauntlet!  But, I got it! (lol) 

- Emily

  

oh yeah!! it was a skateboard..lol

riff/lick..never thought about difference and probably interchangeable in my mind..but i guess lick would be a run of notes you could insert in different pieces of music a riff would be some type of repeating run of notes within a piece.

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some great playing there, no doubt about it, I prefer fiddlermans blues though;)

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