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JDL - Posted - 07/06/2020:  03:13:15

Hi all,
I'm revisiting this song as a simple one to help me improve my ability to sing and play at the same time, and was looking for some backing tracks on YouTube to play along with. I originally learned the piece essentially by copying the Bashful Brother Oswald version which I absolutely love, and transposing it to standard G. But I've noticed that everyone else seems to play it differently to him - for example in standard G tuning the majority of them would hold the G for an extra measure before going into C if you see what I mean, whereas Oswald moves into C earlier. How do you all play it? I'm wondering just how much of a "minority" version Oswald's is.

banjered - Posted - 07/06/2020:  12:13:30

What's important that whatever way you go is OK/comfortable for you. There is no "set" way to do any song or fiddle tune. There are certainly a lot of variations that have a lot to do with the mood/skills and desires of the performer. Perhaps the extra time holding a chord is to give an extra time to breathe or emphasize a word/phrase the performer wants. Even printed material will have different words, chords, measures etc. Fiddle tunes are a bit more structured as regards measures but they too are all over the map with "variations." To figure out how a "majority" might play something takes a bit of listening/research and probably not that relevant for most performers. In essence, go for what you like. banjered

JDL - Posted - 07/06/2020:  12:41:24

Hey, yeah absolutely. Was always the aim to go for the version I liked. I was just curious as to why songs, especially "folk" songs, often have various subtly different versions. I suppose also as the song may have been played locally in a bunch of different communities a lot of local versions were created. Thanks for the reply ??

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