Archive for the ‘Bluegrass’ Category

Learn a fiddle tune: Old Dangerfield with backup tracks

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

This is for anyone wanting to learn how to play Old Dangerfield, by Bill Monroe. Old Dangerfield is a modal instrumental. When I tried to look up info on this song, all I turned up was lots of speculation, but it seems like most people think the song is named after Bill Monroe’s dog.

Table of Contents

* * Fiddle

So I couldn’t find anyone showing how to play this on the fiddle slowly, so I did my own.

* * Mandolin

* * Banjo

* * Doboro

Tabs (I think it’s $10 for the tab):

* * Guitar
Sorry had trouble finding a guitar only version, let alone a slow version.

Tab (need tabledit)

* * Cello

Ok so this video is of Mike Block and Darol Anger playing this song, and while this video is nothing but awesome, it’s probably not  a video to learn this song from. So if you do find a good one, please leave it in the comments and I’ll add it:


* * Backup Tracks


* * Chord Chart


Learn a Fiddle Tune: St. Anne’s Reel with backup tracks

Monday, December 10th, 2012

So I recently compiled this for a bluegrass group I’m a part of, but I thought this is good info for lots of people. Hope this is useful for someone. The first tune I’ve compiled is called St. Anne’s Reel, a really fun tune in D.

Scroll down if you just want the backup tracks.

So here are 5 different videos for various instruments where someone
shows how to play St. Anne’s Reel. (People rock!)

* * Fiddle Version

If you are a fiddle player and like reading music (maybe classically
trained), Pete Martin (an amazing fiddle and mando player) has some
fiddle tune books he offers in PDF or off of Amazon. The PDFs are
offered on the honor system, so you can download for free and if you
like them you can buy them.

* * Guitar Version w/Tab

Get the tab here:

* * Banjo

* * Dobro

* *Mandolin

Here’s a link to 4 different backup tracks at various speeds (60bpm,
80, 100, 120). If someone wants different speeds let me know I can
easily create it.

Happy picking!

Coombs Bluegrass Festival

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

On July 30th Mark and I headed up to Vancouver Island to the town of Coombs for the Coombs Bluegrass Festival. They played three times over two days and got a great reception from the audience. Their Friday night performance was one of the best I’ve ever seen them have. Unlike the band, I didn’t have to rehearse, so I got to see some other really amazing bands. Below are a few shots from the weekend.

Robin (extremely talented fiddle player who joined them for the weekend), Mark Steudel, Mike Karbowski, Mark Meyers, Dave Grout, Pete Thorn, Ken (Banjo played filling in for Greg)

Band in action again

Mark Meyer on Dobro

Mark Steudel in action