Breaking up Christmas single lesson


Here’s an old time fiddle tune I learned from the playing of Tommy Jarrell. Over a half century ago, people in the mountains of Southwest Virginia and Northwest North Carolina celebrated Christmas with house parties that included old-time string music, song and dance over a period of two weeks during the holiday season. “Breakin’ Up Christmas” is both a name for the 12 days of partying, dancing and music-making after the holiday, and a song sung during that period.

This lesson includes 8 videos: Demo, Bow Pattern, Learning the A part, Learning the B part, Tune run-through, Chords, Variations, Jam. Total lesson time is 50 minutes. Lauren recommends the Cross Tuning in A lesson along with this tune if you are unfamiliar with cross tunings.

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