Cotton-eyed Joe – Round Peak
Here’s an intermediate/advanced lesson on how to play Cotton-eyed Joe in the Round Peak fiddle style of Tommy Jarrell.
I’ll teach it to you without double stops. And then in a follow-up video I’ll show you how to add fourth finger double stops, extract the rhythm (to help you learn the tricky rhythms in this tune) and play backup chords.
I suggest you review these lessons first:
This tune is recommended for students in Module 2.2 or higher. It’s a good way to practice the A Major scale, fourth finger double stops and syncopation. It’s also a way to practice adding variation to tunes.
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I’ve made some “Learning Chunks” to help you learn more easily. These focused exercises contain sheet music, tabs and mp3 snippets to guide you on your fiddle journey.
Play an A note with an A drone. Allow your breath, body, and mind to relax. Listen to the blend of your fiddle with the drone, and enjoy the sound.
Next, warm up with the A Major scale and phrases from the tune (once you’ve learned it) using the drone above.
A Major scale: A0-1-2-3-E0-1-2-3 | G1-2-H3-D0-1-2-H3-A0
A part, first half
First half: (A2)-3-4-4-E0-0-1-0-A2-1-2
A part, second half
B part, first half
B part, second half
Supplemental lesson - adding double stops, practicing tricky rhythms
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If you like this tune you may also like Old Joe Clarke – Round Peak.
Tommy Jarrell himself playing this tune!
You can see Alan Lomax in the background 🤓. Volume is a bit low on the video, so you might want to crank it…
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This version adds in double stops. I also include some exercises for you to practice the double stops.
Take a moment to reflect with gratitude that you have music in your life. No matter where you are on your fiddle journey, you get to learn, play, and listen to music. What a wonderful gift!