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Fiddler's Blues

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by KI4PRK, updated: 9/7/2009
Download: TABLEDIT

Notes: Here's Fiddler's Blues, an old Fiddlin' Arthur Smith tune in D. It is one of the most haunting tunes I know, making extensive use of that odd flat-five note (Ab in this case). It is quite slow, and has a march-like quality (in rhythm, not melody!), which is slightly less exaggerated in the original recording by the use of sock-rhythm guitar rather than the standard bass-chord bluegrass/old time rhythm guitar. It's not particularly hard, and because it is slow the single string parts can (and should) be played by picking repeatedly with the thumb rather than TI or TIM (I have included right-hand fingering in this tab for this reason). There are a lot of bends in this tune, to replicate the many slides Smith used in the recording. I like to put a D-tuner on the low D, set the stop down to slightly above a C, and bend from the b7 up to the D in the second part, to replicate FA Smith's slide there. I highly recommend listening to the original recording! Has a Rhythm Guitar & Bass rhythm track. Have fun!

5 comments

Gareth Banjoland Says:
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 @5:53:08 AM
Hey mate, the link for download doesn't seem to work....

Gareth Banjoland Says:
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 @5:55:28 AM
Its ok, just had to change the file name to .tef and its opened allright!! Looking forward to playing it...

nanobanjo Says:
Sunday, December 27, 2009 @9:22:27 PM
Love it!

drew-gurbach Says:
Friday, June 11, 2010 @10:43:31 PM
In the 11th measure: Why did you tab 7-5-0 then 2-1-0 when either 7-5-0 twice or 2-1-0 twice is the same thing? Great song.

KI4PRK Says:
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 @7:16:58 PM
Musta been a brain fart, drew-gurbach. I don't know. Play it however sounds best!

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