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Happy Hollow - Fiddle (Tuning AEAC#: key of A)

Happy Hollow is one of the super standards in “Black Mountain Rag” or “Calico” tuning. It is much fun play and not too difficult. I use straightforward bowing. If you have never experienced Calico tuning, it is well worth the trouble. The sonic quality is only possible with this tuning. My son Brad and I recorded the tune in 2020 on Stony Run


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

  • Slower

  • Medium
  • Faster
  • A part
  • B part


***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
  • Variations
  • 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.

© 2019 Ken Kolodner/All Rights Reserved. Recorded at Fenchurch Studios, Baltimore MD for the Spring 2019 Sandbridge Old-Time Fiddle Retreat (Sandfiddlers)

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Happy Hollow - Fiddle (Tuning AEAC#: key of A)

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