Spotted Pony
By Vi Wickam for Fiddle Players

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About the Lessons

1. Introduction & Demo Vi shares a bit of the background for this tune, and then plays it at a medium tempo, the second time through an octave higher.
2. A Part, Phrase 1 The A Part start with an upward run that sounds a bit like a growl. You'll notice Vi takes liberties with the melody, but always keeps downbows on downbeats. Also note the drones he plays with the melody.
3. A Part, Phrase 2 The second phrase start with the same upward run. If you've ever learned to play "Turkey in the Straw," you'll notice the same musical phrase in this section.
4. B Part Both phrases of the B part start with a downward run.
5. Upper Octave Now Vi shows us how to play the tune an octave higher.
6. Things to Look For Vi brings our attention the the up-bow slur across the strings.
7. Up to Speed Giddy-up! In the last video, Vi encourages us to add some swing and bounce to it, and plays the tune through for us up to speed.

PDFSheet Music

  • Fiddle Version

 

Music GlobeExtras

  • Performed on Fiddle Tune a Day for Day 246, with Steve Eulberg on hammered dulcimer and Vi "The Fiddler" Wickam on the fiddle.

  • For more variations of this tune, listen to Steve Eulberg and Erin Mae Lewis play it together on dueling dulcimers.

  • Here a trio plays the old time fiddle tune with Kristen Harris on fiddle, Ashley Carder on guitar, and Harrison Croft on banjo.
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