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About a week ago, as many here at FOTMD know, Mark Gilston posted an instructional video on how to play "Cold Frosty Morning." I learned it yesterday. I don't even try to match the precision of his picking, especially on the 'A' part, but it should be recognizable anyway.

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Comment by Robin Clark on June 16, 2010 at 5:46pm
Hi Diane,

I copied a fiddle part I found on YouTube for the arrangement I play. I use e,e,d,d, and play in the key of A. You could use E,A,d. The tune starts on the first fret e. In Part B the tune has a couple of the fastest noter runs I play and it took me an age to get them OK - you could easily shortcut the tune though, just like banjo players do

Comment by Diane in Chicago on June 16, 2010 at 5:09pm
Robin, what is your tuning on your Frosty Morning? I know it on fiddle, i'll have to noodle it out on dulcimer now.
Comment by Sue Simms on June 16, 2010 at 4:55pm
This is Great "
Comment by Robin Clark on June 16, 2010 at 4:40pm

I've found a recording of the tune that I made back in Febuary with a coupld of friends on mandolin and banjo. I can't upload here as this thread doesn't seem to have a file upload option. So I've posted it on my Soundclick page.

Comment by Robin Clark on June 16, 2010 at 4:26pm
That's great Dusty - lovely playing. Your rhythm is spot on - you've got that tune bouncing along

I know another tune with the name Cold Frosty Morning that's a lament from the Battle of Culloden and it is played with a Scottish feel - but I've also heard it played as a hornpipe! If I get a chance I'll record it and post it here.
Comment by Dusty Turtle on June 16, 2010 at 4:09pm
Thanks so much, Robin. When things settle down a bit for the summer I'll probably get some of Mark Gilston's instructional books and try to learn more of his arrangements.
Comment by Robin Thompson on June 16, 2010 at 4:03pm
Sounds real fine, Dusty!

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