Updated: Apr 10
How to you play bluegrass fiddle to the tune The Fox?
Today's lesson has you covered. We will begin by learning the basic melody and then expanding into the back-up and a fancier break on the fiddle (violin), guitar and mandolin. Cello and bass parts will be added later this week.
Scroll to the bottom for the free sheet music. Mandolin and simple fingering lessons are at the middle and other parts will be added throughout the post.
Practice Along | Sing Along Video
The Lyrics (to sing along)
The Fox went out on a chilly night He prayed for the moon to give him light For he'd many a mile to go that night Before he reached the town-o, town-o, town-o He'd many a mile to go that night before he reached the town-o
He ran till he came to the farmer's pen The ducks and the geese were kept therein He said "a couple of you are gonna grease my chin, Before I leave this town " Said a couple of you are gonna grease my chin, before i leave this town-o
He grabbed the great goose by the neck And he threw a duck across his back And he didn't mind the quack quack And the legs all dangling down-o He didn't mind the quack quack And the legs all dangling down-o
The old grey woman jumped out of bed She ran to the window and popped out her head, Crying John, John, the great goose is gone And the fox is on the town-o, town-o, town-o John, John, the great goose is gone and the fox is on the town-o
He ran till he came to his nice warm den And there were the little ones, eight, nine, ten Sayin' Daddy, Daddy, better go back again For it must be a mighty fine town-o, town-o, town-o Daddy, Daddy, go back again for it must be a mighty fine town-o
The fox and his wife, without any strife Cut up the goose with a fork and a knife They never had such a supper in their life And the little ones chewed on the bones-o, bones-o, bones-o They never had such a supper in their life And the little ones chewed on the bones
INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO (below)
Here's the fiddle lesson video (above)
The backup track medium speed (below)
Read the entire post and watch the other videos first. I have included this video again at the end of this blog to help you learn the tune. Remember: more videos will be coming this week for guitar, mandolin, cello, bass and accompaniments.
MANDOLIN LESSON VIDEO
Here's the Mandolin video (above)
BEGINNER - YOUNG - NON NOTE READING (FINGERING ONLY LESSON)
Here's the BEGINNER lesson (above)
Here is the TAB (left) fingerings only for new, beginner and young students.
HOW TO COMPLETE THE CHALLENGE (ADVANCED LESSON BELOW)
Today's tune challenge is The Fox. My favorite renditions are from Nickel Creek and the Petersen's. I suggest watching their videos for inspiration to get a basic feel for the tune. Listening to great musicians and bands helps you fall in 'love' with the music.
Get Started: Watch the INSPIRATION videos to get a feel for the song. You are ready to begin learning the main parts of the tune once you know the song by 'heart' ie. you can sing or hum along and remember the melody.
My favorite videos to watch are from the Petersen Family
I went live on YouTube to give a fiddle lesson on this tune, if you need more practice or help you can practice with the video (below)...
BASIC MELODY AND ADVANCED FIDDLE PART (BREAK)
You might also enjoy watching/listening to Nickel Creek below
Next up is the music. Print it out if you need it. Fingerings for violin/fiddle are included on the bottom.
SHEET MUSIC BELOW
Here's the violin/fiddle lesson video part again (below)