The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #61355   Message #986043
Posted By: Fortunato
18-Jul-03 - 01:11 PM
Thread Name: Old time and Bluegrass-- Differences
Subject: RE: Old time and Bluegrass-- Differences
chip a,

You are right, chip, I understand the tunings, and I'm sure it would have caused them some consternation to retune. I should have made clear that I was going to sing the song in their key of 'D'.

The fiddler, who at least knew the tune, thought of it as an 'A' tune and that was to him, that.

I was trying to portray for you the gulf that exists and the roadblocks I am met with when I try to bridge it.

The gulf is not unbridgeable, and may be merely mechanical. I recall several occasions when a fiddle/banjo/guitar session of playing tunes would break up and members would drift by to hear Susette and I sing our old songs and be very appreciative, but few make the transition.
I dislike such discrimination and labeling and exclusion in music, but I accept it in practice.