‘Cause I’m headed out of town and hate typing on my phone.
On Thursday last I took a few moments to write down all the tunes that I can play from memory – whether or not the rendition is “professional” – along with the tunings that I can play them in, and a note on common fiddlers’ keys.
Surprise: that first list had better than twenty tunes on it, many in multiple keys/tunings.
Wow! What a confidence builder! And I keep adding more as I fiddle around on the instrument and discover yet another tune for the list. The first page is just about full, and there’s more in my head; I can feel them all clamoring.
No more fuddling around at jams: I have my set list up front and ready; no need to scramble through the book every time it’s my turn to lead.
This all started when I met up with a dedicated ‘old-time’ player who had just built his prototype “banjo-uke” tuned in the key of A. He asked what tunes I knew in that key, hence the need to list; I wasn’t sure!
When we met to play I tried out a set of tunings (Ionian A, as EAA and Dorian of A, as EAD) that would be suitable for noter-drone or fingerdance play and we had a great time until the coffee-shop manager came by and chased us off.
I hope we do it again… meanwhile, I’ve learned buckets about ‘reverse’ tunings (normal Ionian in A is AEA) and a whole lot more.
Will learning never cease?
I hope not… meanwhile, I’m off to California with Psaltery in hand (my smallest dulcimer doesn’t meet Amtrak specifications for carry on) and maybe a new write-up or three.
C ya soon…