|Cotton-Eyed Joe, Part 1: Bowing Patterns
Cotton-Eyed Joe, Part 1: Bowing Patterns
As one of the most popular of old-time fiddle tunes, “Cotton-Eyed Joe” has probably been played by every old-time fiddler, so there are lots of versions. The version you’ll learn here is Bruce’s own, developed from hearing many great versions over the years, including some by Tommy Jarrell, Fred Cockerham, and other Round Peak fiddlers. You’ll learn the basic tune in AEAE tuning as well as a few different bowing patterns you can use to play “Cotton-Eyed Joe.” Unlike most of his lessons, Bruce starts not with the melody but by showing you a characteristic syncopated Round Peak bowing pattern and a couple variations.
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