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Orville Johnson

Gold Rush

Orville presents a great fiddle tune titled "Gold Rush." This is yet another great beginner song that offers a secondary lead option that, by the end, will leave you with a complete tune perfect for jamming with your buddies. Oh, and there is also a great explanation on how the term "Potatoes" fits right into the Bluegrass music community!

Taught by Orville Johnson in Songs with Orville Johnson seriesLength: 49:22Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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jookiejamesjookiejames replied on August 9th, 2013

Mr. Johnson, I have learned so much from your various lessons. One issue is that I cannot get much volume from your video even though I have it at maximum on my end. Volume on your other lessons is just fine. Anyway, thank you for all you do. You make difficult songs very easy to learn. I hope you add more songs soon. You're the best!

Songs with Orville Johnson

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Orville Johnson teaches a select group of his favorite songs, including a few originals.



Lesson 1

Come Back Baby

Orville Johnson teaches his version of the classic blues song "Come Back Baby."

Length: 29:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Depot Blues

Orville Johnson teaches a classic blues song entitled "Depot Blues." This lesson was inspired by the blues great Son House.

Length: 35:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Railroad Bill

Orville Johnson teaches the traditional blues song "Railroad Bill."

Length: 16:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Bye Bye Baby Blues

Orville teaches the classic blues song "Bye Bye Baby Blues" by Little Hat Jones.

Length: 21:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Spanish Fandango

Orville Johnson teaches the classic "Spanish Fandango."

Length: 32:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

A Bicycle Built for Two

Orville Johnson teaches a classic song entitled "A Bicycle Built for Two." This song is also known as "Daisy Bell."

Length: 23:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Weave and Way

This fantastic tune entitled "Weave and Way" is a great song for beginners that want to take things to the next level. Alongside the simple chord progression, Orville also demonstrates 3-4 very different...

Length: 44:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Texas Gales

Orville presents this fiddle tune entitled "Texas Gales." This song lesson offers an opportunity to work on right and left hand synchronization as well as flatpicked melody lines.

Length: 34:11 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Gold Rush

Orville presents a great fiddle tune titled "Gold Rush." This is yet another great beginner song that offers a secondary lead option that, by the end, will leave you with a complete tune perfect for jamming...

Length: 49:22 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

The Sailor's Hornpipe

Orville will teach this classic tune titled "The Sailor's Hornpipe." This up beat song imitates the life of a sailor and the duties aboard the ship. This lesson provides the perfect opportunity for a beginner...

Length: 12:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About Orville Johnson View Full Biography Orville Johnson was born in 1953 in Edwardsville, Illinois and came up on the St. Louis, Missouri music scene, where he was exposed to and participated in a variety of blues, bluegrass and American roots music. He began singing in his Pentecostal church as a young boy, in rock bands in middle school, then took up the guitar at 17,with early influences from Doc Watson, Rev. Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, and Chuck Berry. In the early 1970's, Orville spent several seasons playing bluegrass on the SS Julia Belle Swain, a period-piece Mississippi river steamboat plying the inland waterways, with his group the Steamboat Ramblers.

Orville moved to Seattle, Washington in 1978, where he was a founding member of the much-loved and well-remembered folk/rock group, the Dynamic Logs. Other musical associates include Laura Love, Ranch Romance, File' Gumbo Zydeco Band, Scott Law, and the Twirling Mickeys. Johnson, known for his dobro and slide guitar stylings and vocal acrobatics, has played on over 100 albums. He has appeared on Garrison Keilor's Prairie Home Companion, Jay Leno's Tonight Show and was featured in the 1997 film Georgia with Mare Winningham. His musical expertise can also be heard on the Microsoft CD-ROMs, Musical Instruments of the World and the Complete Encyclopedia of Baseball. He teaches as well at the International Guitar Seminar, Pt. Townsend Country Blues Week and Puget Sound Guitar Workshop.

Orville released 4 recordings in the 1990's: The World According to Orville (1990) Blueprint for the Blues (1998) Slide & Joy (1999) an all-instrumental dobro tour de force and Kings of Mongrel Folk (1997) with Mark Graham. He also appeared on 4 discs with the File' Gumbo Zydeco Band and produced Whose World Is This (1997) for Jim Page and Inner Life (1999) for Mark Graham. In the 21st century, he has released Freehand, a new Kings of Mongrel Folk disc, Still Goin' Strong, and been featured in the soundtracks of PBS' Frontier House and the Peter Fonda flick The Wooly Boys as well as the compilation cd Legends of the Incredible Lap Steel Guitar.

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