Saturday, November 24, 2007

Fiddle practice

I practiced some fiddle tunes today, and finally came up with an arrangement of Arkansas Traveler for cello that I like. There are so many, many ways of playing this piece, and sometimes you get attached to a particular way.

The way I have written it out here will work with the way our fiddle group plays it, but avoids shifts to fourth position because our group plays this very fast, and shifting takes time. Well, for me, anyway. So, this is my "Easiest, Speediest Arkansas Traveler for Cello." You can make it even easier by playing every other note, as quarter notes, in measures 10 and 11 and 14 and 15.

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