Candy Girl

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This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Candy Girl." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

Genre: Old Time
Skill Level: Intermediate
Key of G

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Here's another great tune recorded in 1926 by "Uncle" Bunt Stephens. For another of Uncle Bunt's songs, see "Sail Away Ladies."

Uncle Bunt cross-tuned his fiddle to G (or thereabouts) for this song. That means the he lowered the A and E strings down one full step to G and D, making them exactly one octave higher than the low strings. Some play this song with their fiddle cross-tuned to A. To cross-tune to A, simply raise the G and D strings one full step to A and E, so that they are exactly one octave lower than the high strings.

Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "Candy Girl at 110 BPM."

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Candy Girl." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Candy Girl." BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Candy Girl" BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

This is an online fiddle lesson for the tune "Candy Girl" BluegrassDaddy.com is your best source for Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

 


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  • #7047
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    This song was by request! Hope you enjoy learning “Candy Girl” as much as I enjoyed teaching it!

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/candy-girl-fiddle-lesson/]

    #7048
    Avatarmikhaelynwhite58
    Participant

    wow what a dancing tune this is where have you been hideing all this years need to bring america back to where she onces was right?/?

    #7049
    Avatarmikhaelynwhite58
    Participant

    how about the dancing tune call jambalaya on the bayou ? by hank williams

    #15621
    JustineJustine
    Participant

    I love this song…maybe next year!

    #15632
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    That would be a great addition to my Cajun tune collection. Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll put it on my list!

    #17388
    Great ScottGreat Scott
    Moderator

    Thank you for such a fine lesson, John!

    Love this tune and your rendition of it.  Looks like one to really get a sweat worked up!

     

    #17401
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    My local band (Amantha Mill) plays this one. It is a LOT of fun at a dance.

    #17605
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    This tune is so amazing ! And I love the way you play it John. Looks and sounds like fun. Can t wait for this one, I think it may just be the “key” to awesome bowing changes. Great lesson, will move to this one after farewell Trion is up to speed.
    Thanks BGD
    Gu

    #17608
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    That’s awesome, Gu! Hopefully you’ll put Farewell Trion on for us in the Lion’s Den soon. I love to play Candy Girl. When I recorded it, all the old time pickers around here were playing the hound out of it. The song has had a recent revival, maybe thanks to Bruce Molsky. I love it, but the bowing is harder than it looks!

    #20838
    KaeleighKaeleigh
    Participant

    This is definitely my next tune!I love the sound of the cross tuning! I think it might be a little hard for me, but I mean to try anyway 🙂

    #20844
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    It’s always good to push yourself!

    Did you say you have already learned 30 new songs?

    #21017
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    Wow just heard the lesson , Nice Nice nice , Oh this one is a bowing doozie I tell ya , sheesh ! So pretty and so comforting sounding and rhythm chills of simplicity and then yet SO TUFF TO GET after shuffling all day , and never having learned the bowing technique earlier in my fiddling . Worth the memory for sure , thanks for showing us the “Bruce Molsky” John, your the best.Love the extras :O) Sweet
    Bravo on pushing for this one Kaeleigh ,
    I got page 1 down at 40 BPM :O), i practiced just the bowing open strings for 5 10 minutes, then added the notes and had to slow down, then whent back to bowing , but faster , and then layed the notes down and had to slow down again , I cant wait for tomorrow to do it again:O)
    very inspiring old time tune. Got to get it down.
    Almost like a must get it down. I think metronome with John !
    EEEEEEE, here s to loving the fiddle
    Gu

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    #21023
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Gu, I learned a lot teaching this song! Now I love to throw in bow pulses and figure-eights when I play. It is a cool song for alternative old-time bowing technique!

    #21037
    KaeleighKaeleigh
    Participant

    This is a really fun, but really hard song to play! Maybe I’ll get it in a couple of months 🙂 I think what really is the hardest is tuning and retuning the fiddle differently. It makes practice a little harder.
    Actually yes, I’ve learn about thirty songs (give or take a few, I always forget some if I count them up 🙂 )Last year, on my own, I only learned two. And at least twenty or twenty-five of them from this website. Yay!

    #21040
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Nice work, Kaeleigh! You are making some major headway!

    #21546
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    Working on this one at 110 bpm , woweee , so much fun, tuff bowing, but so worth it !
    Can t wait to get it faster.
    Kaeleigh , get another fiddle already :O) Tune it to open G and leave it there :O) That s how I am pushing this one , because , me too , I was having trouble tuning and untuning , but now it s like , I play my tunes with the normal tuned one, and then when it s time for Candy girl practice, I just open the other case :O)
    Great lesson, thanks again John.
    I love the new feature to rewind the song using arrow keys :O)
    Gu

    #21553
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Thanks Gu it is a cool feature. 🙂 Can’t wait to hear Candy Girl. That one is played a lot around here.

    #21798
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    Ok, so I half to say it again, what tuff bowing ! My goodness, I get it at 75 bpm , but those are half beats ? I have no problems at 75 and then use the vlc speed up a little 1 time and it s fine and then I speed it one more time, and it s fine , then I move to the 110 bpm and half to slow it down one time, then back to original speed I just just can get through it at 110 ! but it sure does sqeek and the bowing bouncing off the E starts to feel natural but also messy. Time and time and practice and practice I guess is the way there :O)
    God to Love it.
    Can t wait to get this one down.
    Gu

    #21812
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Ha yes that is 75 half beats per minute. I was using that for a while before changing to quarter beats. I need to go back and change that.

    Can’t wait to hear you play it!

    #21816
    JustineJustine
    Participant

    Gu and Kaeleigh, I’m really eager to hear you play Candy Girl. I love the song and am not trying it because I don’t want to re-tune!

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