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I had never heard this song before but now that I have it in my ear I can't stop humming it!

I found some simple tab for the crawdad song but on the numerous YouTube recordings of this piece it seems to be played in a richer way. Is there some tab that provides a more elaborate sound to this charming piece or some suggestions as to how I might give the piece more depth when playing it on my MD?

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Hi Airin,

Sorry, I can't suggest answers for your questions, but I thought it would be good to post about a book of songs and stories about animals and nature-  I have this little paperback book and there are 24 really fun animal songs in standard notation (not dulcimer tab), including the crawdad song:

http://www.amazon.com/Crawdads-Doodlebugs-Creasy-Greens-Celebrating...

Where did you get your current tab for the crawdad song?  If we knew the version you are playing now, it would help us be able suggest ways for you to add some depth to it.

Hah, how cute is that book!?

Strumelia, I got the tab for crawdad from the Bellingham Dulcimer group site.

Airin, I grew up singing this song for as long as I can remember. It is on one of the Woody Guthrie albums for kids that I began listening to even before I could talk. Later, as I began exploring folk music I discovered an old version by Doc Watson on guitar and Clarench Ashley on banjo. More recently, on a Putumaya CD I bought for my daughter I discovered a really slow, pretty version of the song with wonderful soft harmonies by Elizabeth Mitchell.

 

I point out these version because each offers different rythmic and harmonic interpretations of what is otherwise a simple song.  In fact, you might notice that the melody is basically the same as Frog Went a-Courtin'.

 

Does the tab you have include only the melody? If you play melody drone you may want to mix up the rythm a bit to add some complexity.  You might also find a harmony line and play that sometimes instead of the straight melody.  And you might pretent in your head that you are a different instrument, say a trumpet or a banjo, imagine how that instrument would play the song, and try to recreate it on the dulcimer.

 

If you play chords and across all strings then the chords themselves should open up some avenues for exploration.

 

But I think listening to different versions and trying to replicate what they do is indeed the way to start finding more complex versions of the song.

That is basically the tab for the version I play.  http://mountaindulcimer.ning.com/video/crawdad-song-nd

Wayne Anderson said:
http://www.everythingdulcimer.com/tab/crawdaddul.pdf  here is a link to a tab for the Crawdad Song - might be others out there but this is the one I found.
Oh, yes, that looks like a more interesting version than the tab I got earlier, thanks for posting the link, Wayne.

Wayne Anderson said:
http://www.everythingdulcimer.com/tab/crawdaddul.pdf  here is a link to a tab for the Crawdad Song - might be others out there but this is the one I found.

Dusty, those are good suggestions for how to work out more interesting variations on this simple piece.  I found it fascinating that you were familiar with this song since childhood, I guess our exposure to music was quite different out here on the west coast.

 

John, pleasant rendering of the piece with your noter, thanks.

You are totally welcome!

Airin said:

Dusty, those are good suggestions for how to work out more interesting variations on this simple piece.  I found it fascinating that you were familiar with this song since childhood, I guess our exposure to music was quite different out here on the west coast.

 

John, pleasant rendering of the piece with your noter, thanks.

i love crawdad,, i play a rather stiring rendition on the ukulele. i'll have to work no this song soon with my dulcimer.

oh,,,,i like eating them too,,,,yum!

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