Fiddler's Dream (1)

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X:1 T:Fiddler's Dream [1] L:1/8 M:2/4 B:Stephen F. Davis - Devil's Box, vol. 22, No. 2, Summer 1988 (p. 25) N:Transcribed by Frank Maloy from the playing of fiddler Ira N:Hathaway (Fla.), from a 1950's tape. K:D D/D/|:F/AB/ AA/A/|d/e/f/g/ f/e/d/A/|c/d/e/d/ c/d/B/c/|d/c/d/A/ B/A/F/D/| F/AB/ AA/A/|d/e/f/g/ f/e/d/A/|c/d/e/f/ a/e/c/A/|1 A/dd/ dA/A/:|2d/e/d/A/ =c/d/c/A/| K:G |:B/A/G/E/ D/C/B,/A,/|G,/A,/B,/C/ D/G/E/D/|G/A/B/d/ e/f/g/a/|b/g/a/g/ e/f/g/a/| b/g/a/g/ e/f/g/a/|g/e/d/B/ A/G/E/G/|D/B,/G,/B,/ D/G/A/c/|1 B/G/A/F/ GG/A/:|2B/G/A/F/ G||

FIDDLER'S DREAM [1]. AKA - "Fiddler's Trouble." American, Reel. USA; Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee. G Major ('A' part), D Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB' (Brody, Milliner & Koken, Songer): AA'BB (Phillips). Charles Wolfe (1978) says the tune, which was fashioned by Tennessee fiddler Arthur Smith, is "based vaguely on the changes of 'Flop Eared Mule,'" although the only similarity appears to be the I-V key change between parts. Some fiddlers start the tune on the first strain, while others on the second.

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Printed sources : - Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 105. R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, vol. 1), 1973; p. 103. Stephen F. Davis (Devil's Box), vol. 22, No. 2, Summer 1988; p. 25. Milliner & Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 194. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 84. Ruth (Pioneer Western Folk Tunes), 1948; No. 66, p. 24. Susan Songer with Clyde Curley (Portland Collection vol. 3), 2015; p. 71.

Recorded sources : - Heritage 25, "Poor Richard's Almanac." Bluebird 5843-A (78 RPM), Arthur Smith (1935). CMH 9006, Benny Martin- "The Fiddle Collection." County 547, Arthur Smith- "Arthur Smith, vol. 2" (1978). County 762, Lymon Enloe (b. 1906)- "Fiddle Tunes I Recall." Decca DL 78950/MCA 162, Tommy Jackson- "Square Dances Without Calls" (1959). Marimac 9017, Vesta Johnson (Mo.) - "Down Home Rag."

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]

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