@Thomas B. & Thomas -
I LOVED IT!
You are going to be a great Fiddler, Thomas!
Jigs are lots of fun, aren't they?
There are soooo many more fun Fiddle tunes to explore!
These are the kind of tunes you want to start memorizing, so you can play them without the sheet music - anywhere, anytime, with everyone.
Don't stop practicing - I love to hear you play!
Thank you fiddlerman, he is going to this within the week. He is practicing illinois Cotillion and Log Cabin Waltz. I do want to ask you a favor though. i am going to look at your sheet music links after I write this, but he wants to do some duets with me in the same genre. Could you please recommend a book of jigs or fiddlin' music for intermediates for him and I? We looked at some beginner music but they were way too simple for him He loves to be challenged.
@Thomas B. -
I have run across duets, but can't think of where right this minute, especially for Old Time fiddling.
Many I find are Violin/Viola, or Violin/Cello and Violin/Piano.
I might need to check some places - I don't play them, but I'm always interested in how to make solo pieces more interesting, so I do look at them.
@SharonC - do you know of any Old Time fiddle/fiddle duets?
@ABitRusty - do you know of any?
In the meantime, how about this for you Northern Mainers?
Celtic Fiddle Tunes by Mel Bay books has fiddle duets (& optional piano accompaniment). This is an Intermediate/Beginner level. There’s also an Mel Bay American Fiddle Tunes with duets, but I think it’s more of a beginner level.
Links here have some sample pages listed so you can see what they look like—but they are available at multiple locations:
Celtic Fiddle Duets:
American Fiddle Duets:
Also, Mark O’Connor has two books of duets (one w/ six, the other with seven):
The one with 6 duets has the Faded Love that Pierre mentioned above.
Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.
@Thomas B. -
I forgot I had this book/cd combo bookmarked - I have WAY too many bookmarks! 🤣
"King's Lament - Old Time Fiddle Duets", from David Bragger & Susan Platz - transcribed by Jeff Hollingsworth. 76 pages of Double Fiddling!
Everything from the CD is supposed to be in the book.
Here's the playlist for the CD - you can listen to all of them, starting here:
There's also great Old Time music and History, here on the forum:
I thought the videos on this site were kinda neat. Gives context to some of the fiddle tunes. Theres some instructional videos of different dances and music. Theres also some sheet music of the tunes played with suggested bowings, slurs, etc..
This link (above) takes you to great Dance info and free Duet sheet music in pdf form!
Violin 1 & 2 parts for these tunes:
Sorry, I can't dig around anymore until after New Year's.
Have a Happy New Year!
Thank you thank you thank you . This is perfect. Seems now I need to better understand the differences between fiddlin' genres now. Although my great grandfather and grandfather played monthly dances at grange halls and such at the turn of the 20th century, my Dad never did and I have only really enjoyed fiddlin now that Thomas is having fun with it, so I don't know much about it.