The Fiddler's Fakebook Friday, April 22, 2011
This is the ultimate sourcebook for the traditional fiddler! Â It includes chord names for those who want to play along on banjo, guitar or autoharp. There are nearly 500 tunes in this book includingÂ jigs, reels, hornpipes, oldtime breakdowns and rags, marches and strathspeys, New England contra dance and more.
Tips are given for how to play the different styles–if you are a fiddler and want to jam, this will keep you happily busy. If you want to play so your folk dancing/contra dancing friends can have the treat of dancing to live music, there are plenty of tunes: “La Bastringue,”Â “Black Nag,”Â Childgrove,”Â “Drowsy Maggie” Â and more.
Two tunes give a nod to Columbus, Ohio. “Big Scioty”Â is a fiddle tune named for the Scioto River which flows right through downtown Columbus where Stanton’sÂ is located. “Camp Chase” is a fiddle tune named for the old Civil War prisoner-of-warÂ camp which was locatedÂ on the West side of Â Columbus, Ohio.