Key of D – aDADE
In this, Tunetorial number 15, by request, Dan "Clawdan" Levenson teaches Over the Waterfall.
The most often quoted source for this tune is the Henry Reed collection of fiddle tunes which was gathered by Alan Jabour some years ago. Alan recorded Henry playing this and many other tunes that has for years made up a solid core of the old time fiddle and banjo repertoire. It is a collection of 3 cassettes (remember them?) that was passed from person to person and to my knowledge is still available free though I’m not sure how the “tree” is followed anymore. I’m sure someone here will know. That collection is well worth finding for a fiddle reference to the tunes at least as many of us first heard them.
In this tunetorial, Dan will play the tune at a moderate adding to it as he goes but break down sections as we go. This one can be very basic or quite ornamental depending on how YOU want it to go. Dan deals with it all here in a progressive manner. Feel free to post any questions you have on it, remark on sections you would like clarified or things you might like added. Yes even the things you don’t like are fair game. It grows the tune and the community when you know what you like and don’t like as you build your own style.
This tune is tabbed out in Dan's book (tune 34 in) Old Time Favorites for Clawhammer Banjo (MB 30224). This one also appears in 3 versions (basic double thumb, drop thumb and “kitchen sink” jam versions) in Clawhammer Banjo From Scratch (MB 20190) for those of you wanting a real nuts and bolts break down of this one.