The Curvy Road to Corinth
Hello everybody, wooow I finally took the time to learn an other fiddle song “The Curvy Road to Corinth”, written by Larry Unger. The version I learned is an arrangement by Loralyn Staples and Andre van Haren.
Remember that I was using this book with 25 fiddle songs? I’ve been playing about half of the pieces from this book. I really like most of the tunes and they come with piano accompaniment. So that is extra fun. However the past months I had focused on other pieces, techniques and etudes. So it was great to finally learn a new fiddle tune. It was much easier now to play fast. I’m planning to learn a couple more fiddle songs in the next months.
Practicing with metronome
So this tune “The Curvy Road to Corinth” is pretty fast. The sheet music suggests 100 – 108 BPM for a half note. I started at 70 BPM and worked it up with the metronome to 95BPM, almost full speed. But to be honest, I liked the song more at a slower tempo, so in the end I recorded at 85 BPM. When played faster, I find it hard to give it the correct feeling and add small slides. Also there are a couple of measures that made me go almost crazy at faster tempo. I find it hard to play each note clearly when it’s faster.
For previous recordings of fiddle songs, I played along the metronome. But for this one I played along the piano accompaniment with violin. It was easier this way. The fact that I could also hear the violin helped me with the rhythm too. I’m pretty happy with the recording, hope you enjoyed it too!
Sources used to learn Curvy Road to Corinth
I watched the video below a couple of times. I really liked how Loralyn Staples added the little slides before some notes. So I tried to copy that.