Boil Them Cabbage Down
PART 2

By Vi Wickam for Advanced Fiddle Players

Video 7



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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Introduction for
Advanced Students
First Vi explains that, as an advanced student, you shouldn't try to play the tune exactly as he does, note for note. He makes up variations as he goes along, and you can take some of his ideas but eventually make the tune your own.
2. Variations In this video, Vi slowly plays through the entire tune, demonstrating variations and shuffle bowing.
3. Focus on the Variations Now Vi breaks down some of the riffs, playing them even slower. He points out that he used accidentals to create some of the variations, and encourages you to do the same.
4. Focus on Part A Here he demonstrates sliding into an E harmonic, which gives a little edge to the arrangement.
5. Focus on Shuffle Bowing Vi demonstrates againthe shuffle bow technique, which is a long short-short style of bowing. Then he moves on to demonstrating a double shuffle, that brings to mind the Orange Blossom Special, the best known fiddle tune of the twentieth century and has been referred to as "the fiddle player's national anthem".
6. Focus on 4ths Now Vi demonstrates pairing the melody line with fourths and sliding in and out. You really need to be in tune for this to sound good because fourths are, by their nature, an unstable interval.
7. The Whole Tune Uptempo FInally, Vi plays through the tune at a typical fiddle tempo. His final advice is to have fun with it and make it your own.

PDFTablature

  • Simple Version in D-A-d

  • Fancy Version in D-A-d

  • For Hammered Dulcimer

  • For Fiddle: Advanced Bowing

Music GlobeExtras

  • Story behind the tune

  • Lyrics

  • Listen to Vi play the tune here.

  • Back-up track to play along

  • Enjoy Mark O'Connor playing "Boil Them Cabbage Down" with Wynton Marsalis and friends at the Jazz Festival in Marciac, France, in 2010. Note all the variations that can be played based on such a simple melody.

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