Eric Root Posted October 31, 2003 Share Posted October 31, 2003 But there are (or at least were) a lot of regional styles and even regional tunes, which I don't think you'll get from books. Unfortunately, I'm not the expert when it comes to recordings. There's been a lot of blending of styles over the past quarter century... and the words don't always mean the same thing. "Old time" in New England often means old New England style tunes, not Appalachian tunes, though I know plenty of New Englanders these days who play both... and switch their playing styles to match the tune. The more specific term I'm used to which designates only Appalachian playing is "old timey", not just "old time". Terminology gets tricky. One of the problems is that the current fashion among serious old-time afficianados (sp?) is to hate the phrase "old-timey" the way serious SF fans hate the word "sci-fi"; they think it sounds disrespectful. If they don't act offended at the term "old-timey," next thing you know, they will have to leave their bib overalls unfastened on one side (of course, they _have_ bib overalls) and blacken in one tooth. And when it gets down to it, a search for old time music on the Web also reveals that fans of that old, rag-timey barrelhouse piano playing call their music old time, and in the northern great lakes, it means something like "polka without drums and electric bass." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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