Spider Bit the Baby
Arranged for Fiddle Players by Vi Wickam

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Demonstration Vi begins by giving a demonstration of old fiddle tune included on his Fiddle Whamdiddle albumn, Old School Old-Time.
2. Lower Octave Vi also demonstrates that it is possible to play the tune an octave lower.
3. A Part
Higher Octave
The A part starts with a slide. Vi goes through this section slowly at first, and then plays a second time up to speed.
4. B Part
Higher Octave
In this walk-through of the melody, Vi introduces a couple of variations to give a little more dynamic and range contrast.
5. A & B Part Together
Higher Octave
Here Vi started out with the B part in the higher octave, and then adds a few more variations for us.
6. A Part
Lower Octave
Here Vi added a drone on the G string, and plays through the A Part in the lower octave.
7. Up to Speed Finally Vi plays through the entire tune, up to speed and with ornamentation.

PDFPDFs

  • Sheet music (from the Book Old School Old-Time by Fiddle Whamdiddle)

  • Lyrics to Spider Bit the Baby

Music GlobeExtras

  • Here's a great version with Della Mae at the California Bluegrass Association's Festival in Grass Valley, CA, in 2013. Della Mae is a Boston-bred, Nashville-based group playing together since 2009.

  • Here's another version taped during an informal jam session at the 2009 Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree.

  • Story behind the tune

  • mp3 track from Old School Old-Time by Fiddle Whamdiddle
Fiddle Whamdiddle

Are you saying, “I know what a fiddle is but what is a whamdiddle?”  The whamdiddle is a slang name for the hammered dulcimer; “hog fiddle” is a slang name for the mountain dulcimer, both are traditional American folk instruments.  Together with the fiddle they make for a porch-picking, knee-slapping good time.

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