Category Archives: Fiddle Tunes

Tune of the Week: Jeanne Marie

Here’s an original tune, one I wrote for my lovely wife Jeanne and recorded on my fiddle CD, “In the Quiet Night: Fiddle Tunes from the Upper Midwest.”

What I’ve written out is just the basic melody of the tune. Bluegrass and old-time tunes in the key of A often use fourth-finger drones and open double-stops — “Jeanne Marie” is no exception. I encourage you to play around with them and see what you can come up with (hint: open double stops on the A-E string plane sound great on A part, and droning an A with your fourth finger on the D string will give you a nice, fat warm sound on the B part of the tune).

There are also variations that you’ll hear on the recording but are not in the written version. Again, this transcription is just the basic outline of the melody. I encourage you to play around with it and come up with your own variations. And in a few weeks, I’ll be writing a bit more on how to embellish a basic melody with fourth-finger drones and open double-stops.



Sheet music (click to enlarge):

Jeanne Marie

Tune of the Week: “Scotland”

Over the weekend, I did a twin fiddling showcase with Catie Jo Pidel at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association’s “12 for 12” Fundraiser, and one of the tunes we pulled out was Bill Monroe’s twin (sometimes triple) fiddling classic “Scotland.” Now, this is a tune I hadn’t played or thought about for quite some…Continue Reading

How do I play the double shuffle in Orange Blossom Special? Part Two.

In part one of this lesson, we looked at two types of double-shuffle bowing as well as two basic double-stop voicings to use with these bowing patterns. Once you’re able to play these patterns with good timing and intonation, then you’re ready to tackle the triple-stop (three-note chord) version. The easiest way to beef up…Continue Reading

How do I play the double-shuffle in Orange Blossom Special? Part one.

This is a question that comes up in lessons and workshops a lot. I mean, A LOT! And that doesn’t come as a surprise. Orange Blossom Special is far and away the most popular American fiddle tune, it’s fun to play and it’s always a show stopper. The High 48s usually end all of our…Continue Reading