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Violin Tip of the Day
For Violin Students of All Ages
Practice and Rehearsal Tips.  Technique Pointers.  Violin Care Guidance. Exercises and Motivation for Violinists, Fiddlers or Anyone Interested in Stringed Instruments.
Today's Tip
The music you hear in the background is Orange Blossom Special.  I wish I could tell you where I found this file so I could tell you to go to the site, but I just don't remember.

This is a GREAT piece of music for young students to hear for several reasons.  First, it places the violin in a more informal setting than most kids hear it in.  Bluegrass, country, jazz, anything other than the classical violin most kids hear is a great help in letting students know that the violin is a great instrument, not just one for old fuddy-duddies . . . or whatever the current derisive term is for those who just aren't "cool."

Second, listen to the music itself.  The song is about a train.  The lyrics, as sung by Johnny Cash include the words:

Look a-yonder comin'
  Comin' down that railroad track
  Hey, look a-yonder comin'
  Comin' down that railroad track
  It's the Orange Blossom Special
  Bringin' my baby back


  Hey talk about a-ramblin'
  She's the fastest train on the line
  Talk about a-travellin'
  She's the fastest train on the line
  It's that Orange Blossom Special
  Rollin' down the seaboard line.

Listen to the violin imitate the train!  It is absolutely essential to the song!  Today, take a moment to see what kinds of interesting sounds you can make on your violin! 

By the way,
click HERE to see a picture of the actual Orange Blossom Special train in 1938.
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The Fiddler's Fakebook - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com
The Fiddler's Fakebook
The Branson Songbook - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com
The Branson Songbook
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Advanced Fiddling - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com
Advanced Fiddling