Squirrel Hunters

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This is an online fiddle lesson for the old time tune "Squirrel Hunters."

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Genre: Old Time
Skill Level: Intermediate
Key of A

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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing the old time tune "Squirrel Hunters."

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  • #51350
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    This is an online fiddle lesson for the old time tune “Squirrel Hunters.” See the full lesson here:¬†Squirrel Hunters

    #51383
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Oh gosh…that’s great!!!!

    #51405
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Thanks! This is one of my John Hartford favorites. ūüôā

    #51447
    KaeleighKaeleigh
    Participant

    Oh, THANK YOU for this lesson!!!! I’m soooo excited! I’ve tried, but I just couldn’t learn it on my own- especially the second part. Yay! Here’s my next song to learn!!

    #51449
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Me too! ¬†John Hartford came to perform at our college I think when I was a freshman, maybe sophomore…anyway, it was really cool. ¬†He wasn’t that big a deal out on his own yet, I don’t think…he had just quit the Glen Campbell Show and was running around to perform all over on his own, I guess. ¬†He must’ve not been too big yet or he’d never have come to Cumberland, where I was at the time. It was an itty bitty college at that time and didn’t go all out for performers to come by and visit. ¬†But it was a great concert…The McClain Family, from up the road at Berea College, opened up…this was in our basketball gym…lol…they of course were super if you’ve heard of them…the one girl on bass was so good, I’ve never heard another upright bass player be able to do what she did…she mustve only been 20 or so. ¬†The kid on the banjo and fiddle was super and now heads a department on Bluegrass STudies somewhere…I think he left Morehead in KY and went somewhere in TN but I’m not sure…but they came to Cumberland and all around SE KY all the time because that was there place. ¬†Anyway…after they were done setting the place on fire, in strolls John Hartford…I guess people knew him from the GLen Campbell Show, but that’s it. ¬†He was lanky, slow, funny…put down that plywood and did all sorts of unusal stuff…it was a great concert. ¬†Did everything kinda slow…but danced too and played…very cool licks and stuff. ¬†Gosh…early 70s. ¬†I’ve never been a concert goer except in college because stufff was right there free for us then. ¬†GEt a bottle of Coke for 25 cents and head over to the basketball gym and see what was happening. ¬†I think the only concert I’ve been to besides the ones in college was when Michael CLeveland came to our local library a year or two ago up here and played for free…or free to the public, i’m sure somebody paid him out of some money. ¬†Ok…I think I did it again…off topic?

    #51492
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Ha that’s a great story, Cricket! I love hearing about stuff like that. Hartford is a legend.

    Kaeleigh, I hope to hear you play it soon!

    #52050
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Have y’all seen this?

    #52055
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    I was so happy when somebody told him to turn the daggone metronome off…lol.

    #52059
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Haha yes I’ve seen it… This is how I learned it! I teach the same break.

    #52064
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    I’m gonna learn that one day soon, John. ¬†Hoping things slow down for us around here in a few weeks.

    #53484
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    i finally got the chance to go through his lesson…a little harder to get than I wanted it to get…lol…but I love the sound and hopefully it will eventually come to me. ¬†Anybody else working on that one? ¬†Cool tune…I hope to get the time to work on it enough to where it sinks in, in its own way, and I can just see how much fun I can have with it. ¬†I’d live to know how to play that one…tricky rhythms, for me, and that pinky stuff has always been awkward for me. ¬†I’ll get it sooner or later…thanks for the lesson, John…I’m gonna live playing that one if…no… WHEN I get it under control.

    #53485
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    My ridiculous iPad changes my words…I’m too lazy to edit…hopefully it makes sense.

    #53487
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Well as I went out a-tomato-picking this morning, plus a-bug-picking from my precious and rare weird tree-greens…lol…I had what I thought was Squirrel Hunters runnng through my head…normally a good thing, if I’m trying to learn to play something. ¬†But, then I realized I was thinking Rocky Road to Dublin, and I seem to have fused these two tunes together in such a way as I’m gonna have to sit down and unravel them to learn Squirrel Hunters, or either one, for that matter. ¬†Oh gosh…that, plus it’s just pretty hard fingering, for me. ¬†I tried it in different tunings last night and it seems there’s no cheating in this one…it really works best in Standard tuning as far as I can tell. ¬†So…I’m gonna have to do some serious thinkin’ ( ouch!) and then some serious practicin’ before I can get this one. ¬†Gotta learn it though…it might come down to where I might just have to print out the tabs to get this one straight into my head…usually I don’t do that, but my thinking is really a mess on this one right now. ¬†Listen to Rocky Rd. To Dublin here and see if it sounds similar…this is the way I’ve heard it, but about twice as fast as I ever heard it. ¬†Looking for it on YouTube I discovered, like every other old tune that once came from Ireland, there’s a million versions of it floating around…this is the one in my head that messin’ with my mental concept of Squirrel Hunters…anybody else see the similarities, it is it just me?

    https://youtu.be/uDMjqzYc7Vw

    #53488
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    John, I see you use a lot less bow than the other John…lol…the Hartford one…or should it be said that you use a lot more bow…anyway, he’s like one swipe up for a hundred notes, one swipe down for a hundred more…glad to see you’re, I guess the way to say it is you’re adding MORE bow, not less. ¬†Glad to see that because there just ain’t no way I could ever do those long bows like he’s doing…it would sound awful if I ever got coordinated enough to try. ¬†I can’t tell exactly what you’re doing…is it shuffles? ¬†It’s going to fast for me to tell. ¬†Anyway…I’ve got my work cut out for me on this one…lol. ¬†Gosh, and to think it sounds so easy! ¬†When you guys play it…lol.

    #53489
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Yes, I’m resorting to my last ditch efforts on this…printing off the tab!

    #53492
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    …and the printer isn’t working…?

    #53493
    AvatarBruce
    Participant

    Cricket,

    I’m having problems printing music too and it’s not my printer. John is checking on it but if you are having trouble ¬†too that is not your printer, ¬†it may be something going on with the web site.

    #53494
    rodgerrodger
    Participant

    I just printed out the music for this thread & worked just fine…

    #53498
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    Maybe I should try it again…very busy week, here for me to be trying to play something that seems beyond my abilities…lol. ¬†I can’t get the tune to feels like it fits my hand.

    #53541
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    Bruce fixed his problem with an Adobe Acrobat update/fix. Cricket, is yours printing?

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