I recently took inventory of the bluegrass and oldtime tunes and songs that I know. While it is a huge increase from the 4 fiddle tunes I “knew” in July of this year, it just isn’t a very big list. Nothing compared to the pile of jazz standards I know, and not anywhere near enough to have the same kind of literacy in bluegrass/oldtime as I enjoyed on the piano with the body of jazz music. I want to know more, have a better vocabulary, and be all-around more fluent in speaking bluegrass (musically, that is) on my mandolin.
To facilitate such, at the beginning of December I set myself a challenge to learn three tunes and a couple songs each of the last weeks of the year (which is an increase of my regular 2 tunes and 1 song goal – the goal that I sometimes hit). Here at the start of Week 2, I am on track and excited.
2022 End-of-Year Sprint
|1||Angeline the Baker||tune|
|1||Bury Me Beneath the Willow||song|
|2||Eighth of January||tune|
|2||Worried Man Blues||song|
|2||East Tennessee Blues||song|
|3||Midnight on the Water||tune|
|3||Seneca Square Dance||tune|
|3||Blue Ridge Cabin Home||song|
|3||Placeholder for Taborgrass Tune||tune|
|3||Placeholder for Taborgrass Song||song|
|3||You Are My Sunshine||song|
|4||Rocky Road Blues||tune|
|4||Red Apple Rag||tune|