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Cuckoo's Nest in A

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Size: 2,433kb, uploaded 2/14/2011 1:00:43 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is an 'American' version. I learned this from Nancy Neithammer many years ago, and she got it from the playing of an Illinois fiddler whose name, sadly, I've forgotten - if anyone knows please let me enlighten me. I play it somewhat 'notey', but I've never been able to reduce it to a more spare sound and have it sound right. It *could* be simplified but then it just doesn't sound like itself. Funny how some tunes are like that - they really seem to *want* to be played a certain way... That high note pull-off in the first part? On the fiddle, it's played as a quick *down* slide then open, and really suggests the plaintive coo of a dove or, well, cuckoo. It isn't clear enough on the banjo so I don't try it.

2 comments on “Cuckoo's Nest in A”

rjs808 Says:
Monday, February 14, 2011 @1:03:22 PM

Very nice, indeed! Thanks!

JanetB Says:
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @1:12:19 PM

Delicately pretty and brightly clear!

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