Hollow Poplar - Fiddle (Standard tuning: key of G)
Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith is credited for bringing this sweet tune to the old-time scene. While a relatively straightforward fiddle tune, there is much to be learned from exploring this great jam favorite. Among the many concepts covered in this lesson are anticipations, syncopations, ghost bows, 3-1 bowing, chording and variations.
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)
A part (A1)
A part (A2)
B part (B1)
B part (B2)
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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
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.
© 2021 Ken Kolodner/All Rights Reserved. Recorded at Fenchurch Studios, Baltimore MD for the Spring 2021 Sandbridge Old-Time Fiddle Retreat (Sandfiddlers)