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Lost Indian - Fiddle (Tuning ADAE: key of D)

This is a very close cousin of the two-part, “crooked”, Bluegrass standard in A Cherokee Shuffle. The Lost Indian presented here is a three-part tune in D. Not to be confused with Ed Haley’s Lost Indian, there are lots of versions of Lost Indian out there. Tuning the G string up to an A gives us a different resonance and perhaps makes the A part a bit easier to play. I use straightforward 3-1 bowing in this piece. I recorded this tune on twin fiddles with my son Brad on Swift House (2018). Here we are playing the tune back in 2014 at The Kennedy Center: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ49aCv21KU


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
  • Bowing
  • A part
  • B part
  • C 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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Lost Indian - Fiddle (Tuning ADAE: key of D)

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