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Posted By: meself
22-Oct-18 - 08:47 PM
Thread Name: Midwestern fiddling in the 1850s
Subject: RE: Midwestern fiddling in the 1850s
Thanks, Lighter; that's great stuff.

Funny how confident the last writer is in his explanation of how a fiddle tune came to be: "It 'growed' like Topsy, from two or three pleasing musical phrases that some fellow had accidentally struck in his practice, and repeated till others learned them and added to them, and finally made a complete air of them."