fancy fiddle tunes

fancy fiddle tunes

ok not showing off or anything but i know a LOT of tunes, but like everyone, no-one knows EVERY tune. so i would like if anyone could gimme a list of some fancy fiddle tunes that i could learn because im bored lol.

thanks

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Patrick, it might be that you’re bored because you’re 14 and wasting a good day on a web site. 🙂

If you’re actually bored with the music, then I can’t help you. Never been bored with it, myself.

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Pretty much anything by Ed Reavy or Paddy Fahey ought to do the trick. Unless you’re already bored with all of them. If that’s the case, then maybe you need to spend some more time with them, and discover how un-boring they can be! (Actually, you should get in that habit with all your tunes… even the “simple” ones).

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If you’re truly bored with playing the tunes, maybe you should leave it alone for a while and find out if it’s really important to you.

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I have to agree with Will. If you’re bored with tunes, go do something else for a while. Go listen to a lot of Stefan Grapelli and learn to make something happen on Willow Weep For Me, or dig what Scarlet Rivera was doing on “Hurricane”. (terrible song, great fiddle breaks!)

Sooner or later, you’ll come back to the tunes - or not, that’s okay too.

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And with Bob, with whom I cross-posted.

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I was bored the other day. Scared the bejaysus out of me. Thank christ it only lasted about half a minute.

And I can’t remember who said it, but boredom is an admission of stupidity.

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Shut yourself away in a quiet room and play Rolling in the Ryegrass or any other un-fancy tune for an hour or two. Don’t change to another tune until you can make that one interesting for yourself - and for others.

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someone else also said, only boring people are bored.

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Boredom is a sign of a weak mind. My Daddy told me that. I don’t know if it’s true, but it sure as hell stopped me saying I was bored.

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“only boring people are bored”
I love that!
My kids have learned over the years to never say they’re bored around me. When they were in grade school I would give them research assignments over summer break if they dared mention the b-word.

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umm im not bored of music im bored in general lol

so to whoever sed that den… yeah lol

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as in i have nothing to do so i wanna learn some tunes wile im doing nothing lol

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trust me i can NEVER get bored of playing tunes lol

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Patrick - play some of your tunes in weird keys then - E, F, Bb, C

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Here’s an idea then. Keep track of a handful of tunes you want to learn--stuff you’ve heard at your sessions, stuff your mates play, stuff from cds, etc. Some people keep an actual list of the names of tunes they want to learn. Every time you check one off, add another name to the list.

That’s one way some of us end up being able to play a thousand or two thousand tunes.

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That’s what I’ve been doing too - partly using your list Will. But this
year I’ve been focusing on improving my playing instead of
picking up new material.

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Yep, better to play a few tunes well than play a lot of tunes poorly. But there’s always room and time for improvement (till you end up feeding worms and sprouting daisies), so at some point, if you want to expand your bag of tunes, you have to decide which ones to learn.

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I assume this is you: http://www.youtube.com/user/PatrickM1996.
You’re not a bad fiddle player.

I guess you *could* learn some more tunes… Everybody can stand to learn another tune, after all.

Or, since you appear to be bored, you could try a completely different angle to spice things up a bit:

1) play a tune you already know in a completely different key (try E, or F, or even B). See if you can make it sound good.

2) Play the same tune 20 times over, see if you can do it differently each time.

3) Record yourself. Listen to the recording and ask “what’s the thing I do worst? (rhythm? Intonation? Bowing?)”. Then work towards fixing it.

4) Listen to somebody whose playing you like. Ask yourself “what do I need to do to sound more like THAT?” Be picky.

5) Take a tune you hate. Find a way to play it that makes it better.

Or, you could just go ahead and learn another tune like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjlkRH2wl7Q


It’ll be another drop in ever-filling bucket that is your repertoire…

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OK, here’s my long list of cool tunes, quirky tunes, fancy show-off tunes and general w@nky modern tunes, in no particular order:
The Czar of Munster: https://thesession.org/tunes/7588
The Log: https://thesession.org/tunes/8566
Peter Man: https://thesession.org/tunes/7809
The Princess Gardens: https://thesession.org/tunes/10255
Tiger’s First Bird: https://thesession.org/tunes/10544 (I actually DARE you to learn this one)
The Clumsy Lover: https://thesession.org/tunes/16
Conlágh’s Big Day: https://thesession.org/tunes/3817
The Dirty Bee: https://thesession.org/tunes/10030
The Girls in Boisdale: https://thesession.org/tunes/5358
Kishor’s Tune: https://thesession.org/tunes/1725
Maverick Angels: https://thesession.org/tunes/7397
Pressed For Time: https://thesession.org/tunes/2589
The Roaring Barmaid: https://thesession.org/tunes/91
The Singing Stream: https://thesession.org/tunes/2465
Take A Message to Julie: https://thesession.org/tunes/8196
The Tolka Polka: https://thesession.org/tunes/1251
The Trip to Miriam’s: https://thesession.org/tunes/6462
Waterman’s: https://thesession.org/tunes/3367
Tune For Emily Ball: https://thesession.org/tunes/8395
Homage à Edmond Parizeau: https://thesession.org/tunes/7346
Pontivy: https://thesession.org/tunes/10360
The Wizard’s Walk: https://thesession.org/tunes/885 (trust me, there is no tune more fun or more annoying than this one)
Music For a Found Harmonium: https://thesession.org/tunes/346 (can’t do without that one)

And, of course:
https://thesession.org/tunes/8515

Right, so, er, Patrick, you’d better learn every single one of these tunes, okay? Good good.

Have fun!

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Might as well include other wonky tunes:

The Mathematician
The Acrobat
The Banks (properly played in Eb)
Fintan McManus’ (aka Guns of the Magnificent Seven)
Tommy’s Tarbukas
Farewell to Chernobyl
The Belfast Hornpipe
Come Back with my Bloody Car
Windbroke
The Contradiction Reel
and
The 57-part version of Mason’s Apron

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And I reckon he will too - I heard the video - talented kid - on the
way to being a monster fiddler

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“My name is Patrick. I’m a musician. Im from Williamstown, Co.Galway. I Play The Fiddle, Whistle, Banjo, Mandolin, Flute, Accordion and Bodhran”

Ok, so you know a lot of tunes, but can you play them all on every instrument you listed in your bio? If not, there’s your solution.
I had to do the same thing when I got to the point that I realized I’d know the first tune in a set on banjo, but then would have to switch to the whistle for the 2nd tune. And nobody like that in a session. Or so I’ve heard.

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Or, if you know all the tunes on all your instruments, get a guitar or bouzouki and learn how to accompany them.

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you could always help out with the housework too though!!!!

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Bored at age14. You own a Fiddle a Whistle, a Banjo, a Mandolin, a Flute, an Accordion, and a Bodhran. At age fourteen I was ’picking spuds daily during the season, going from door to door selling penny bundles of firewood and doing anything legal to try and get a few shillings to buy a mouth organ. Now I’m the proud owner of two mouth organs…life can be a bitch sometimes.

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listen im a box player…..from my playing with fiddlers around new york, the masons apron, jennys welcome to charlie, and the lads of laoise are very popular. some good other tunes i know-paddy ryans dream, bonnie kate/jennys chickens, lord mcdonalds/ballinasloe fair. hope it helps

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However, I think you’d be well advised to play along with this old Guy for a while, Forget the fancy five part virtuoso stuff and pick up some of his tunes and turns and his subtle touches you can find here. .
http://www.mediafire.com/?w22tozmnyjg

Enjoy

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Selling firewood! I used to dream of selling firewood. When I was a boy, I’d go from house to house, selling kidneys - my kidneys! - just to get a few pennies to buy a comb and a piece of paper to blow on. By the time I got up enough for the comb and the piece of paper, I’d sold my lungs, and couldn’t blow at all. Mouth organs, indeed - me and my twenty-seven brothers had no organs at all, but we were happy.

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Patrick
Try giving blood or something or why not do some volunteer/charity work?

Of course you could perhaps sell a couple of your instruments, give the money to the poor and take a part-time job to earn money to buy them back?

that last one might build some character. Good luck with your existential angst.

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J K - Yeah……but you probably didn’t have to live in a hole in the road like what I did.

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A hole? You had a hole? We used to dream of the day when father would get promoted and we’d be able to move into a hole.

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lol to the person that sed to learn the contradiction i already know it :D

and no housework is not a solution lol.

some people get what im saying and some don’t.

IM BORED lol.


i just randomly decided.. why not learn some tunes to keep me occupied lol.

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and to the person that said 57-part masons apron…

Really? Lol

and there was me playing 4 parts lol

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+ il upload a new video of me playing fiddle when i have time lol.

and the video i uploaded, i am a LOT better in sessions because thats where i get my energy if u know what i mean lol.

if i ever can il get a video of me in a session..

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Oh, the confidence of youth… but good luck to you Patrick and glad to see you’re not too bothered by the bunch of old farts that mostly occupy this site! Wise old farts, though 🙂

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hahaha yup 🙂

in my opinion the best way to go to being a champion fiddler in to play in LOADS of session.

Ive been playing fiddle for 10 years :P

ive played with loads of famous musicians (I got frankie gavin’s autograph!! :O :D )

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Hi Patrick, if you feel you have a good pile of tunes then a good idea is learning other peoples repertoires. Try to get to different sessions and learn all the tunes you don’t know. If you know them all then you’re in the wrong sessions 😉 Good luck.

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I remember being bored when I was a kid. It felt almost physically painful. I get it. It’ll pass.

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lol i already do that 🙂

the fact is there is no session at the moment, ive finished my homework, theres nothing on tv. so i feel like learning some tunes.


Anyone got some good paddy faheys reels? fancy ones now coz i have so many tunes but not many of those :P

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never expected this many replies lol

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If you’re bored with your current repertoire, have you considered (Shock! Horror! On a traditional site!) WRITING YOUR OWN!!!! (Sorry - I’l write more quietly now -ssshhhhhh …… . ). Keep the faith as they say

Chris.

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seriously lad can you not call round to your friends house or somethin???

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Are you sure you’ve done your English homework? :]

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Patrick Murray you have said “lol” sixteen times in this thread.

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JK - I think I remember your family. Youse lived in a cardboard box near our hole. Noisy lot, played music all hours of the night. Eventually the Council took your box away for recycling…good riddance too !

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LOL!

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i never considered writing my own haha. i will eventually :P