Steve EulbergVi Wickam



Vi s a 3rd generation fiddler from Colorado. He has finished in the finals at the Grand Master Fiddling Championship and has also taught there. Together with Steve Eulberg, he is the other half of the band, Fiddle Whamdiddle. He is also host & owner of mytalentforge.com which features in-depth fiddle lessons, guitar (and some dulcimer lessons by Steve.)

In 2012 Vi committed to filming video and uploading a Fiddle Tune A Day, which is all available on Youtube and has been gathered together in an audio collection which is available on vithefiddler.com. He is in the process of transcribing all of the tunes as well. You can reach him at vi@vithefiddler.com. Click here to see Vi's introductory video.

Arkansas Traveler
"The Arkansas Traveler" was the state song of Arkansas from 1949 to 1963. The music was composed about 1840 by Colonel Sanford Faulkner who got lost one day in rural Arkansas, asked for directions at a humble log home, and turned his experience into an entertaining tune.

Aura Lea
Aura Lea is one of the most famous songs of the Civil War era. The melody was actually written by one of Vi's ancestors - George R. Poulton.

Boil Them Cabbage Down, Part 1
This simple tune is often used in old-time music circles to introduce the fiddle and dulcimer to beginners. The PDFs include tablature for mountain and hammered dulcimer players as well.
Boil Them Cabbage Down, Part 2 for Advanced Fiddlers
This version has riffs, slides, and a double shuffle to mix things up. Vi says that you shouldn't try to play the tune exactly as he does, note for note. Just have fun with it, and make the arragement your own.
Cold Frosty Morning
This lively Scottish modal tune is sometimes called "Frosty Morning," "Cold Frosty Morn, or "Don't Awaken Me on a Cold Frosty Morning." According to some historians, the fiddle tune commemorates an actual historic event, the battle of Culloden Moor on the cold, frosty morning of April 16, 1746.
Eighth of January
This fiddle tune was originally named "Jackson's Victory" after Andrew Jackson's famous rout of the British at New Orleans on January, 8th, 1815. The lyrics were written by Jimmy Driftwood, a high school teacher in Arkansas, in order to get his students interested in history.
Golden Slippers
This tune was originally known as "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers." It became a popular song commonly sung by blackface performers in the 19th century. We teach this tune for mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, and fiddle players.
Miss McLeod's Reel
This is a Scottish-Irish fiddle tune with a long history in America. Sometimes Miss McLoed is called Mrs., in Ireland she's a Mc, and in Scotland she's a Mac. But whatever name she goes by, and whatever title the tune is given, Mrs. McLeod’s Reel is a grand old lady who has traveled far and wide to become a standard tune in many fiddling traditions.
Peek-A-Boo Waltz
The Peek-a-boo Waltz is attributed to William J Scanlan (1856-1898), an Irish American from Springfield, MA, and has become a staple in the repertories of many Canadian fiddlers during the last century. Vi emphasizes that this should have a waltz feel with a 1-2-3 danceable beat, and the odd measures should have a little bit stronger downbeat than the even measures.
Sandy Boys
This tune goes back at least to the 1840's. The story goes that one of the Sandy Boys fell in love with the daughter of a logging baron and was too shy to court her himself so he got one of his friends to do it for him - dressed up as a bugaboo (a bugaboo is a black dialect word for a ghost). I wonder how the girl responded to that!
Spider Bit the Baby
This is an old-time, breakdown fiddle tune in C Major. The tune features a slide up to an E with the 4th finger, making a sound kind of like a baby howling, which is always fun.
Spotted Pony
Spotted Pony is a traditional Missouri tune from R.P. Christeson's book, The Old-Time Fiddler's Repertory. Steve teaches our hammered dulcimer players the tune. In addition, Erin Mae teaches both standard and chromatic mountain dulcimer players in the D-A-d tuning, and Butch takes it to the next level with his breakdown version. In this lesson, Vi Wickam teaches it to our fiddle players. See links to all the lessons for this tune here.
Versuvienne
Versuvienne is a slow, graceful dance in ¾ time with an accented downbeat in alternate measures. It combines elements of the waltz, mazurka, and polka. The dance originated around 1850 in Warsaw, Poland, but American cowboys also sang this tune and they called it "Put Your Little Foot."



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