Fiddle Lesson — Jerusalem’s Ridge: Play like Kenny Baker!

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Johnny Cash – “Orange Blossom Special”

The fiddle tune “Orange Blossom Special”, about the passenger train of the same name, was written by Ervin T. Rouse (1917-1981) in 1938. The original recording was created by Ervin and Gordon Rouse in 1939. It is considered the best known fiddle tune of the twentieth century and is often called simply The Special. It has been referred to as “the fiddle player’s national anthem”. It happened during the maiden run of the new streamlined train at the Jacksonville Seaboard Railroad Station that Ervin T. Rouse and Robert Russell “Chubby” Wise saw this train. Rouse and Wise wrote the song as a fiddle tune. It has been called the best known fiddle tune of the twentieth century. The tune was first recorded by Ervin and his brother Gordon one year later in New York. Bill Monroe recorded Rouse and Wise’s tune in 1942 (with Art Wooten on fiddle) and popularized the tune. Johnny Cash named his 1965 album after the song. The song was also recorded by Bill Ramsey and Don Paulin. The Orange Blossom Special was a deluxe passenger train operated primarily by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad between New York City and Miami in the United States. The train was handled by the Pennsylvania Railroad from New York City to Washington, DC, the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad from Washington to Richmond, and the Seaboard Air Line Railroad from Richmond via Raleigh, Columbia, Savannah and Jacksonville to Miami. A section went to Tampa and St. Petersburg, as a winter season only service

Online Fiddle Lessons – Learn How to Play Notes Fast on Fiddle Playing fast on the fiddle is one thing that is very important to sounding most like a fiddle player. This fiddle technique takes time and having your hand setup correctly. This video will show you what it takes to learn the fiddle fast and some different concepts that you can apply to different sets of music. If you are interested in more online speed training with fiddle and how to play many different songs, visit our website at http