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learned from a record by banjo player Stephen Wade

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Comment by John Barlow on October 26, 2011 at 12:39pm
I think this a GREAT piece well arranged and well played, I hope one day I will be able to play it as well. John Barlow
Comment by John Barlow on October 20, 2011 at 1:08pm
Love this tune Spanish Fandango where can I get the tabs?> John
Comment by W S Eyster on January 17, 2011 at 12:20pm

That is beautiful.

Comment by Randy Adams on January 16, 2011 at 11:25am

I have Seven Foot Dilly and Annie & Mac turned around but....o well..

There is a lot more to find out about Spanish Fandango if someone wanted to look into it.

Seems to me Spanish Fandango is a dance and tunes that fit the dance were called by the name. Some of the versions I listened to are similar in structure if not melody. 

Comment by Randy Adams on January 16, 2011 at 11:16am

Thx Phil. I've never been much of a song historian. I just like to play melodies that captivate me and enjoy learning about the history of the tunes from others. goes.

I dug out my cassette of Dancing Home by Stephen Wade. Here is what he had to say about Spanish Fandango.

"This tune comes from Pete Steele of Kentucky via Tom Paley. Both of these men are masterly musicians, each of them able to play in a diversity of styles. Fleming spoke of the banjo as an instrument of expression. He said 'It's not just pyrotechnics and it's not hickory dickery dock either. It's a thing of beauty and each piece of music is like a jewel full of facets. Turn it around and try it again.'"

Interesting but not enough. So I googled SF and learned a Spanish Fandango is a dance in 3/4 time. 

I looked up Spanish Fandango on u-tube and discovered numerous versions. Here are a couple of my favorites.

Here is 7 Foot Dilly...good fiddler and led a string band in the 20's.....look him up! He's is playing guitar here.

Here is one similar to Stephen Wade's version but older and less developed but just a beautiful.

And Stephen Siefert play a beauty here. Similar to your Phil.

Comment by Phil Myers on January 16, 2011 at 8:49am
Great Randy! SF is one of those songs that sounds different every time I hear it played. I learned it from an arrangement by Larry Conger and you would not know it was the same song that you are playing. I'll post it on the forum so everyone can hear the difference.
Comment by Randy Adams on January 14, 2011 at 8:41pm

Thank you very much Keltia.

That's funny Tony! I remember that cartoon. Ever so often a person gets a little spark of creativity but a lot of the time it's horseys & duckys... : ).....

Comment by Keltia on January 14, 2011 at 5:46pm
Beautiful music here. Sounds pretty fine.
Comment by Randy Adams on January 14, 2011 at 8:55am

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