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Oh, what to play
My summer project: Out on the Mountain Tops
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Vermont, Massachusetts or somewhere in between

March 4, 2015 - 7:29 pm
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For those of you who don't know me very well, I have a love for the outdoors and love finding new places to play. So far my favorite places are the front yard of my cabin in the mountains and the river valley across the street. I promise to post some videos of some tunes from those venues soon (i.e. at the end of the current ice age). After mud season I plan to hike up to a few mountain tops and have a hankering to play some special tunes (hopefully in the public domain)  to video-graph. I'm looking for suggestions for tunes that you think would be appropriate for that majestic venue. (An interior of a fire tower is also part of the venue). I consider myself an advance beginner if that makes a difference on your suggestions. Thanks.

Michigan, USA

March 4, 2015 - 7:57 pm
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If you're going to the mountains, how about,"The Hills Are Alive" from "The Sound of Music", or "Edelweiss" ?

Vermont, Massachusetts or somewhere in between

March 4, 2015 - 8:07 pm
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Great idea. Although I may feel a little odd as I'donly be a few miles from the Trapp Family. serenade

March 4, 2015 - 9:07 pm
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How about "Red River Valley"?   :-)

There's a cool YouTube channel called "Fiddlehed" where this guy does a lot of fiddle tune tutorials. He has a "basic" tutorial of this song, but you're probably a bit advanced for that so here's his more advanced version where he adds some fiddle variation.

You can also check his videos for other songs that might catch your interest, but here's the "Red River Valley" one:

March 4, 2015 - 9:40 pm
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Ken's suggestions would be my first choices. :) TSOM is one of my favorite movies and I've spent some time at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe...a beautiful spot.

Here are a few more ideas:

New England theme

Moonlight in Vermont

Maple Sugar

Maple Leaf Rag

Mountain theme

My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains

Blue Ridge Mountain Home

Little Cabin Home on the Hill

And, last but not least, Rocky Top (some impressive playing here but I'm not so sure about a fiddler who wears a shiny shirt and is named for an Italian food.) ;)

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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March 4, 2015 - 11:03 pm
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Your question brings to mind Mary LaPlante's album Just Fiddlin' Around, the cover picture shows her playing her fiddle with her feet in a rushing stream.  My favorite song on that is Jerusalem's Ridge. 

Or, if you really want to cry, listen to Sorrow's Joy, written in memory of her young daughter who died.



California, the place of my heart
March 5, 2015 - 3:17 pm
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Oh.. I so so so love Ken's suggestion.

I like Red River Valley as well. 

Great ideas everyone.



Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato


March 6, 2015 - 1:14 pm
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I also really love playing in different outdoors places.  There so many majestic views to be had here, who could resist breaking out in fiddle.  I like playing In Dreams from Lord of the Rings.


Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.


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March 6, 2015 - 4:04 pm
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These are all wonderful songs.  I will add another.

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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