Farewell Trion

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This is an online fiddle lesson for the fiddle tune "Farewell Trion."

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Genre: Old Time
Skill Level: Intermediate
Key of C

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "Farewell Trion."

Farewell Trion - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Farewell Trion - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Farewell Trion - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle. Farewell Trion - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

"Farewell Trion" is an old time tune composed by Joe Blaylock, the great-uncle of Mack Blalock who is the primary source for this tune.  Joe Blaylock composed the tune upon returning to Alabama after getting laid off from a mill in Trion, Georgia.  James Bryan added a third part to the tune.

source: tunearch.org

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  • #15203
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    A great old time tune with typically sad origins.

    Farewell Trion

    #14794
    Avatardleemurphy
    Participant

    I really, really would love to get tabs and instruction for playing James Bryans tune, Farewell Trion.

    #14796
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    ME TOO !
    here it is for all BGD friends to get inspired.
    I m IN , when Johns got an opening , I`ll pay the song request fae :O)
    It is worth more though…

    #14802
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    hello, so how goes it now ? Unh Hunr arrrr, after watching the video 13 times or so and cried ! a little you know, I googled it and found the sheet music. Read it 13 times or so just with rhythm only, and noticed it was in C or A min, hum ?. So after playing C scale couple times, how nice of a song, got lost with the bowing. What a groove though hunh !!!…That old subtle bounce like feel.
    Hope this is ok with abc notation site. Yikes .
    Thanks, its one of my new favorite songs of 15, where have I been?Not to have hear this one before. Thanks BGD :O)
    Gu

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    #14809
    Great ScottGreat Scott
    Moderator

    Thanks for posting that video, Gu.  It sounds nice!   🙂

    #14813
    kevinjkevinj
    Participant

    I watched the Farewell Trion video, and saw this link next. I thought, now that’s a creative use of fiddling — I’d like to do that one day. (Too bad about the surprise ending!)

    EDITORS NOTE: THIS VIDEO WAS TAKEN DOWN BY YOUTUBE, PERHAPS BECAUSE OF THE HORRIFYING ENDING. A FIDDLER WAS PLAYING FOR A DANCER ON THE SIDEWALK WHEN ONE OF THE DANCER’S FLAILING ARMS SLAPPED THE FIDDLE FROM HIS HANDS. IT STRUCK THE SIDEWALK WITH A SOUND THAT WOULD SURELY PUT YOU OFF YOUR LUNCH. YOU WILL HAVE TO USE YOUR IMAGINATION.

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    #14817
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Kevin, that was so painful! Fortunately no real harm done. This was at the “Bear on the Square” festival in Dahlonega for all of you visiting north Georgia this April. It is a fun festival, and one of the earliest of the year.

    Gu, thank you for posting the video and the music. I am putting this one on my list to teach. I have played it before, it is very beautiful.

    #14840
    AvatarBruce
    Participant

    John,

    It is on my list of, “would love John to do a lesson on”.  I have the sheet music but just can’t get it close to James Bryan sound.

     

     

     

    #14852
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Thanks Bruce. I’ll work on getting this one out! I is high on my list of old-time tune requests, along with “Chinquapin Hunting” and others.

    #14856
    Avatartexasrose
    Participant

    Thanks so much for posting this pretty tune! I’ll have to put it on my list of this week’s songs to learn. I’m new here and I am loving the website!

    #14867
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Hi TexasRose and welcome! I’ve had lots of requests for Rose of San Antone as well…

    #15048
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    Hi TexasRose, glad you are here, love this one me too, I just got through site reading at 60 bpm, no specific bowing yet, but I am sure John will put up a perfect bowing tab for us all. Trying to memorize the tune without getting too attached to the right way old time feel bowing, but was able to watch the video enough times to see he slides the D down to a C in the opening line, and I am just guessing my best here, from all the lessons here at BGD, I learned from John that shuffle bowing plays a significant role in eight note runs. I ts such a nice song , I cant wait. There is a mystery in the song and a natural suspenseful sustain almost like when fishing on a quiet lake waiting for the bite.
    I would like to add also, that this song is a great way of learning the C pentatonic scale. Hope I got that right JOhn? In any case it is a beautiful run up and down the fiddle, very Flows with the river song.

    #15067
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Gu, that is a great way to describe it — mystery! The more I listen to this one, the more I love it. Arwen tabbed it for me today and I just made some jam tracks for it. I will make a lesson for this song tonight, hope to have it up tomorrow or Thursday.

    #15083
    AvatarDavid B
    Participant

    Hey Yall,
    Most of you probably already know this but here is a great site for some of the old favorite tunes (http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk). A lot of them are in Mandolin tab which is easily converted, unless you are like me, Mandolin to Fiddle tab still makes me go duh. Anyhow I have never seen a reference to this so thought I would mention it for any unaware.
    Of course this will never replace our Beloved St. John, aka BGD, we will always need his expertise to guide us properly!
    http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/session-mandolin-tab/farewell_trion.htm
    Happy New Year
    David B.

    #15093
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    That is a fantastic resource, David, thank you for linking to it! Here are so many great sites out there:

    Find tons of tunes at tunearch.org
    http://tunearch.org/wiki/Farewell_Trion

    Gu got the notation above at abcnotation.com. This is another great site.
    http://abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=tunearch.org/wiki/Farewell_Trion.no-ext/0001

    My favorite site for fiddle tune info is iBiblio.org:
    http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/FAR_FARE.htm

    According to iBiblio, “Old‑Time, Breakdown. USA, Alabama. G Major (Carlin): C Major (Kuntz, Phillips). Standard tuning. AABC (Kuntz): AA’AA’BB’C (Phillips). Played slower than the usual breakdown tempo. The primary source for the tune is fiddler Mack Blalock (1914-1987), of Mentone, Alabama, who had it “from his great‑uncle Joe Blaylock (b. 1854) who composed it upon returning to Alabama after getting laid off from a mill in Trion, Georgia. James Bryan added a third part to the tune” (Old‑Time Herald, vol. 1, No. 6, Winter 1988‑89). In addition to his uncle Joe, Mack learned many tunes from his aunt Annie Blalock of Lookout Mountain, and uncles Alfred and Henry Blalock. Source for notated version: James Bryan (Ala.) with Bob Carlin [Phillips]. Kuntz, Private Collection. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), Vol. 2, 1995; pg. 49. Rounder 0197, Bob Carlin ‑ “Banging and Sawing” (1985).”

    #15096
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    OK fiddlers you can download the official BDG music and MP3s (the best on the web!) for Farewell Trion by going to the Sheet Music page and the MP3 page. Enjoy!

    #15100
    AvatarAngela
    Participant

    THANKS!!! You are amazing! And thanks again to Arwen for her mad tabbing skills!

    #15107
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    Wow, thanks so much John and Arwen, I finally got the tune down on my own, well on mandolin, just to memorize , NOW , I get the mp3 and sheet music, I didn’t check for bowing . Just checked , AND THE BOWING YES !
    OH Thanks so much, (the best on the web!)
    yeeeeeeehaw…super happy… :O)
    Gu

    #15250
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    No problem, Gu and Angela! It was a very fun lesson to teach. Thanks dleemurphy for the request! John

    #15254
    Great ScottGreat Scott
    Moderator

    Hi David.  Happy New Year!  Thanks for posting that link.  It is a great resource!  You would think a UK site like that would be leaning more towards fiddle tabs than mandolins tabs… but… stranger things have happened in that part of the world!

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