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Posted By: Stewart
18-Oct-18 - 11:48 PM
Thread Name: Midwestern fiddling in the 1850s
Subject: RE: Midwestern fiddling in the 1850s
very interesting - thanks for the post

Many old-time fiddlers were not trained in music, could not read music, just played by ear, and were not aware of bar lines or beats in a measure - whatever sounded good to their ear they played. If they added or left out a beat or a measure in the usual 32-bar dance structure, this resulted in what is called a "crooked tune" - not good for dancers, but often resulted in some interesting tunes.

Cheers, S. in Seattle