Lady's Waist Ribbon

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X:1 T:Lady's Waist Ribbon S:Bob Wine, Melvin Wine M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Poplar LPI 40290, Melvin Wine - "Cold Frosty Morning" (1976) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/ladys-waist-ribbon Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D [D4A4][D4A4]|:fafe dfec|dA[FA][FA] [E2A2]Ad|G2 [GB]G FF[FA]F|(ED)DD D2[D2A2]| fafe dfec|dA[FA][FA] [E2A2]Ad|B2c2dfed|1d2+slide+[A4A4]Ad:|2[M:2/4] d2c-[ee]-|| |:[M:C|][e2e2] ef gfgf|ece2a2a2| ecef gfge|fd e2 d2(c[ee])-| [e2e2] ef gfgf|ece2a2a2 |ecef gbba|1fd e2 d2(c[ee])|:|2[M:5/4]fd e2d2[D2A2][DA]d||



LADY'S WAIST RIBBON. AKA - "Waist Ribbon." American, Reel (cut time). USA, West Virginia. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Krassen): AAB (Phillips). "Lady's Waist Ribbon" is similar to "Folding Down the Sheets" (see note for that tune for more on the tune family). His father's playing of this tune late at night so moved fiddler Melvin Wine as a boy that he would cry in bed when he heard it. Wine remembered being deeply moved, though he could identify no reason why this should be so, only that something in the music "touched me all over" [1].


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Bob Wine, via Melvin Wine (1909-2003, Copen, Braxton County, W.Va.) [Krassen]; Armin Barnett (Seattle) [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Krassen (Masters of Old Time Fiddling), 1983; pp. 53-54. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 135.

Recorded sources : - Poplar LP1, Melvin Wine- "Cold Frosty Morning."

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Melvin Wine's recording at Slippery Hill [2]



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  1. Gerry Milnes, Play of a Fiddle, 1999, p. 6