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Pierre, you have truly inspired him.
He began practicing these four gigs the same day we watched the White Christmas project. He wanted to share today, against my wishes. But if it makes him happy...'nuff said. Forgive his mistakes but with 3 days practice, he did a heck of a job.
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… well done @Thomas with these double stops 👍 ! I still have trouble with that… 

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I had no problem playing either one of them. Windows 10. I gotta say he makes me feel inadequate! I wish I could play as well as he does and love his enthusiasm!

The old curmudgeon!

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great job Thomas!   awesome double stops!

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Thomas,

Great job! 

Your doing great, keep up the good work, and the double stops are sounding good!

Mark

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@Thomas B. - Wow that's an incredible start. He's gonna be a heck of a fiddler for sure...

I'm really looking forward to following his progress.

Thanks for the post!

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but the one who needs the least."

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@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! 

 

https://www.myhappybirthdaywishes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/merry-christmas-pictures-to-draw.jpg 

- Emily

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Three very nice jigs, Thomas—great job on the double stops!  thumbs-up

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He keeps going back and reading and rereading the kind words you folks say about his playing. He loves them all so as a Dad, thank you so much everyone.

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Loved listening to these, you are awesome already so excited to see your videos in the future dancing

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Thomas B. said
He keeps going back and reading and rereading the kind words you folks say about his playing. He loves them all so as a Dad, thank you so much everyone.

In that case, please ask him to post more videos. It's great for his advancement. I always learn a lot listening to my own videos, despite hating to do so. 😁

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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. 

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I saw a book somewhere by Craig Duncan called Top Fiddle Solos, and there's one duet called "Faded Love" that might be interesting for you guys.

Unfortunately I don't know of places that have these types of duets for you guys but I bet Emily (@ELCBK) has seen them online???

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@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? 

 

 

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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:

https://www.melbay.com/Product.....and-2.aspx

 

American Fiddle Duets:

https://www.melbay.com/Product.....in-12.aspx

 

Also, Mark O’Connor has two books of duets (one w/ six, the other with seven):

Hardcopy:

http://www.oconnormethod.com/Store.html

Digital Download:

http://www.oconnormethod.com/O.....loads.html

The one with 6 duets has the Faded Love that Pierre mentioned above.

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@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!

https://oldtimetikiparlour.com.....cd-bundle/

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:  

 

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/c0/a4/6f/c0a46f4a2d6370d2ed9512536ce19823.jpg

 

There's also great Old Time music and History, here on the forum: 

https://fiddlerman.com/forum/country/

Have FUN!   

- Emily

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ABitRusty said
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.. 

http://geslisongroberg.com/hoe.....-download/

  

This link (above) takes you to great Dance info and free Duet sheet music in pdf form!  

Violin 1 & 2 parts for these tunes: 

Arkansas Traveler 

Cuckoo's Nest 

Cotton-eyed Joe 

Cumberland Hornpipe 

Oh Susanna 

 

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Sorry, I can't dig around anymore until after New Year's.   

Have a Happy New Year!

- Emily

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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. 

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