Calico Billy in the Lowground-Fiddle (AEAC#: key of A)

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Not to be confused with the standard Billy in the Lowground in C or the one in G sometimes referred to as Old Time Billy in the Lowground, this version is in A and played in Calico. The source for the tune seems quite murky! But it sure sits well in Calico (AEAC#) and is much fun to play. If you have never played in Calico, this is a great tune to get you going.  

Here's What You Get:

$15 (Sheet music PLUS video lessons you can watch over and over, and play-through videos to practice along with)

Videos Included


A part

B part

2nd Version

Slower Play-through

Faster Play-through

***Videos can be streamed, downloaded, or viewed in the Gumroad App on mobile devices. Watch your email for instructions after purchase***

The Sandbridge Old-time Fiddle Video Project

For the last few years, I have run a 3.5-day old-time fiddle retreat for intermediate level players in Sandbridge VA – The Sandbridge Old-Time Fiddle Retreat. We hold the workshop in a couple of beautiful oceanfront houses. We focus on a variety of bowing systems to create a solid groove, left-hand techniques (chording, slides, ornaments, 4th finger unisons etc), altered tunings, chord theory and more. For all the tunes, we prepare summary videos and provide written transcriptions with all bowings and notation of the left-hand techniques. I am pleased to now make many of these recordings available for everyone. The scope of material presented for each tune is comparable to several private lessons.

Topics covered in most of the videos include the following:

Basic melody broken down phrase by phrase

Bowings for all phrases

Bowing ideas include 3-1 bowing, Nashville shuffle, bow pulses, ghost bows, bow rocks

Rationale for bowing

Altered tunings include ADAE, ADAD, AEAE, AEAC#

Description of all chording

Left-hand techniques

Discussion of the chord progression


Written transcriptions with bowings and chords

Practice tracks along with a play-through of the full tune

See also Ken’s book Old-time Fiddle Style (Mel Bay, 2010)

Thank you for your support - I hope you enjoy the tune! Please do not share your purchased music and videos.

© 2022 Ken Kolodner/All Rights Reserved. Recorded at Fenchurch Studios, Baltimore MD for the Sandbridge Old-Time Fiddle Retreat (Sandfiddlers)

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Calico Billy in the Lowground-Fiddle (AEAC#: key of A)

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