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winniemih your basic old time fiddle repetoire (23) your basic old time fiddle repetoire 02 Oct 00

I've recently (4 months ago) taken up the fiddle and have been practicing a lot. I'm at the point where I can begin to think about joining in at "slow" jam sessions. I have been introduced in playing guitar at bluegrass jams to some of the classic tunes "Over the Waterfall", "Cherokee Shuffle", "8th of Jan.". "Bonaparte Crossing...", "St. Anne's Reel", "Redwing", "Campbell's Farewell", and a few others. It would be helpful to me to know what others have played frequently. As I said, my only exposure is though bluegrass sessions which probably varies some from old time/ trad. styles. Also, I'm having a hard time connecting the name of the song to the tune. Any suggestions? It's also problematic to remember the first few notes of songs I've been playing. If I can get started I'm O.K. How do others deal with this? I read music and have been using the Fiddler's Fakebook, but it seems to be looked upon with disfavor to bring the book along. (Although I was told that Yo Yo Ma plays trad. music from sheet music- I don't mind too much being lumped into his group). Thanks for your help. You Mudcatters are a great source of inspiration. Winnie

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