Bag of Spuds Fiddle Tab
Recently I wrote about Bag of Spuds in my Fiddle Coach blog.
Bag of Spuds is the most recent tune I’ve learned to play with an octave drop. I heard it many times on Lost in the Loop, a Liz Carrol album. She seques from Drunken Sailor Hornpipe into Bag of Spuds and plays it on the G and D strings with a gutsy, growly sound.
When I decided to learn the tune I chose the easy way for me and downloaded it from thesession.org, a great resource for celtic tunes. The sheet music I downloaded was set on the A and E strings, an octave higher than the way Liz Carroll plays it.
In the article I write a fair amount about how to learn this useful skill. On this page here are a few comments about the tab as seen above.
Playing Bag of Spuds
The back and forth bow movement is like Growling Old Man and Grumbling Old Women, which could be shortened to Grouchy Oldsters, don’t you think? The bow action creates a sound that is…Growly, would you say?
In the last bar of the A part and the B part is a fourth finger grace note. It should be played very lightly, not spending any time on the string at all, to speak of. A similar, and more usual note with the third finger is in the first and fifth bars of the B part. Same instruction, play very quickly and lightly with this note.
In the B part also there is more back and forth bowing from the A string to the D string. The tune has a unified feel and a good deal of repetition.
There is no reason you can’t play Bag of Spuds on the lower strings, and also on the A and E strings, as is the more common practice. For an audience, it creates new interest to hear the tune performed higher or lower than they have already heard in a performance. And, as Joe Walsh says, we need to keep our audience from getting bored.
As I prepare to publish this post, I see that a bar line got clipped at the end of a line. I could fix that, but since I have the good bag of spuds pdf file to download for you, and it has no problem, Let the Good Spud Roll.