Learn to Play the Fiddle Tune “John Brown’s Dream”

Posted by Scott Nygaard

This driving, hypnotic fiddle tune is most often associated with the playing of Tommy Jarrell, who recorded it several times. One of the best versions of “John Brown’s Dream” features Jarrell accompanied only by his banjo-playing partner Fred Cock­erham. Hobart Smith recorded a slightly different version on the influential compilation album Instrumental Music of the Southern Appalachians, and Smith’s and Jarrell’s rendi­tions have had equal influence on the old-time community.

Excerpted from Fiddle Tunes and Folk Songs: Complete Edition

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Learn to flatpick the melodies to ten traditional fiddle tunes and songs, with the simple melodic variations and performance tips included in Fiddle Tunes and Folk Songs: Complete Edition. Perfect the old-time and bluegrass boom-chuck rhythm, with bass runs.

Your complete guide contains full versions of these ten popular tunes:

  • Down in the Valley to Pray
  • Eighth of January
  • Golden Slippers
  • John Brown's Dream
  • Little Liza Jane
  • Man of Constant Sorrow
  • New River Train
  • Over the Waterfall
  • Queen of the Earth, Child of the Stars
  • Richmond Blues

All songs come with standard notation and tab. Guide includes 63 minutes of video instruction and 30 pages of written instruction by Scott Nygaard.

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