Golden Fiddle Waltz

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This is an online fiddle lesson for the country fiddle tune "Golden Fiddle Waltz" by Randy Howard.
This lesson is by special request for my friend Carlos.

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Genre: Country
Skill Level: Advanced
Key of F

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the country fiddle tune "Golden Fiddle Waltz."

Golden Fiddle Waltz - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle. Golden Fiddle Waltz - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle. Golden Fiddle Waltz - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Golden Fiddle Waltz - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

Golden Fiddle Waltz - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

"Golden Fiddle Waltz" was written by Randy Howard.

Randy Howard won every major fiddle competition including the Union Grove, North Carolina World Championship in l979, the last and youngest person ever to win that honor. An eight- time National Champion, four times Tennessee Old Time Fiddler Champion, he also won the Grand Masters Fiddle Championship in 1985, and the National Mandolin Championship at Winfield, Kansas, in l990. He was equally skilled on acoustic and electric guitar. One of the world’s premiere fiddle players, he passed away June 29th, 1999 at the age of 38 after a four year battle with cancer. His final masterpiece "I Rest My Case" was released in the year 2001 on Sugar Hill Records. It features his original compositions and guests Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, David Grisman, Romane, Roy Huskey, Jr., Don Rigsby, and Kathy Chiavola.

Born in Milledgeville, Georgia, Randy was taught by his father when he was 8 or 9 years old.  His father taught him only the rudiments of the fiddle and then told him to go out on his own.  Randy's talent on the fiddle and other musical instruments including mandolin, guitar and voice took him across the country and even overseas, performing at festivals, competitions and joining country music legends such as Bill Monroe, Chet Atkins, George Jones, Vince Gill, J.D. Crowe, Shelby Lynn, Garth Brooks, Bela Fleck and Alison Krauss.

His mother, Faye Howard, remembers that Alison Krauss used to follow Randy around to just about every bluegrass festival at which he performed.  "Her parents would call to ask if Randy would be at certain events, he'd say yes, and they'd show up there,"  Faye Howard said.  Alison Krauss called Randy "simple one of the best fiddle players that has ever lived."

sources:  Kathy Chiavola, Union-Recorder

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  • #17772
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    A beautiful waltz by a wonderful fiddler named Randy Howard.  This is by special request for my friend Carlos.

    Golden Fiddle Waltz

    #17782
    JustineJustine
    Participant

    Beautiful is an understatement, John! What a treat to listen to this arrangement.
    Advanced BGDU fiddlers will really enjoy this!

    #17784
    RockRock
    Participant

    I agree with Justine, that was great!!

    #17789
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    That was great John, thanks. I only just heard that song couple days ago, I searched up the best of Bluegrass fiddling and had the pleasure of listening to 50 or so videos while cooking, and when Randy Howard Golden Fiddle Waltz came around , I left the cutting board to get a good look. So pretty, I was like , humm, who is this guy ?
    And here you are now playing it and the lesson ! Nice :O)
    The B flat major to minor slides with the D flat and G minor and F oh wow! Cant wait till I am good enough.
    I will start practicing that D min chord Love that one
    Gu

    #17805
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Wow!  That’s nice!

    #17807
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    Hey John, you very much so honor Randy Howard by playing and teaching this song. Did you know him ? Your voice was trembling with emotion when you talked about his unfortunate 4 year battle. I feel sad about it now, and I didn’t even know of him till like 4 days ago. His music lives on and thanks for posting his history and info. I thought maybe you had had the pleasure of playing against him in a competition, or maybe he was judge ? just curious.
    I love a good true story.
    Hope your having a great day.And thanks for introducing to us one amazing fiddler.
    Gu

    #17838
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Thanks Gu, I never knew him personally, but he was one of the hottest fiddlers around when I was in school. So sad to think that he died so young. His “I Rest my Case” album was released posthumously, and contained songs that he recorded after he found out about the cancer. We are so fortunate that he worked so hard to leave that legacy. I was at SPBGMA and IBMA in 1999 when both gave him the Fiddler of the Year award. I wish I had known him.

    #18191
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    I’ve been working on this a little bit…wow…very tough…very beautiful.  I’ve watched Randy Howard playing it on YouTube a few times as I struggle through…I feel I’m getting to know him through his beautiful playing…something wonderful was inside this man’s heart and it truly is a shame he left so young.  This is one of the nicest tunes I’ve ever heard.  I hope I can get it … But it’s gonna be a while, if ever.  Gotta try though.  This is a good lesson…I can’t imagine how much work went into getting this lesson together.  Gonna work on it!  Anyone else?

    #18198
    nagumaqnagumaq
    Participant

    I will try after Anna Lee and Jerusalem ridge up to speed .
    :O)
    Gu

    #18276
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Thanks Cricket and Gu! I know that Carlos is working on it too, even though he is not on the forum much. After learning and teaching this one, I felt pretty close to Randy too. It was kind of a depressing weekend, teaching two songs performed by guys who died from cancer soon after. I am thankful for YouTube that gives me access to so much great music for free.

    #18290
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Youtube is a great thing to at least keep people’s music alive and well…

    #18291
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Good luck to anybody else planning on learning this one… I hope we can all get it down.  Gonna take some effort, for me!  It’s probably beyond my skill and experience level, but I’m all for stretching it as far as I can get it.

    #18296
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Stretch and grow!

    #18309
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    For a second I thought that exclamation mark was the letter, L.  Stretch and grow, stretch and growl…lol…either way!

    #18312
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Hahaha either way! Here is our theme for the day, featuring Sam Bush’s last good haircut:

    #18315
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Good coaching session!  Gotta reach a little bit higher!  Stretch, grow, growl, reach!

    #18332
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    I don’t know about you, but I’m inspired! GROWL! That song does it for me every time.

    #18352
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    That is a popular tune that I never hear in a jam around here. Still, I know that it must be played somewhere!

    #18360
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    I never hear it either, except on YouTube.  I think other than that, one must be old to have heard it in real life jams, I say, at 61 years old…lol. And we’ve already established that nobody here is old.  It’s a cool tune.

    #18384
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    I can sorta almost quasi-get through the first break without crashing to pieces…lol…coming along very slowly.  

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