More about Old Home Place
It's the title of many traditional songs, including at least one venue (in McClure, VA). Yet followers of Phish recognize "The Old Home Place" as the song of country legends and progenitors of bluegrass, The Dillards. The protagonist of the song regrets that he had pursued a woman from his farm into Charlottesville's emerging metropolis, ultimately losing both the girl and his home the title refers not only to the left or abandoned physical estate but also to the left behind life. Phish chose the song as they turned away from their old lives in another corner. The West Virginia debut started the encore to a show that featured Gamehendge (nearly ten years old) as the first set and Hoists as the second set (recently released). The latter debut helped highlight the transition of the band from four-track recording in a dorm room to an extravaganza studio that was almost overproduced. As one of the acoustic parts, Phish recorded "The Old Home Place" ten times, including 10/10/94 with Steve Cooley from The Dillards on banjo, 10/18/94 with Béla Fleck, and 11/18/94 with "Reverend" Jeff Mosier and 10/18/98 with Mike on banjo and Page on bass at Neil Young's Bridge College. Notable electrical appearances include 12/31/94 Boston Garden, 8/17/96 opening the second day of the Clifford Ball at about 4:20, 11/30/96 Sacramento with John McEuen on banjo, and 4/3/98 Nassau Coliseum between "Mike's Band" and "Weekapaug Groove." Since the (first) break of Phish, "The Old Home Place" has deteriorated to uncommon, featuring in just two shows in the 2.0 era: 7/21/03 at Deer Creek and 4/15/04 at Vegas. The performances have been rare since their return in 2009, often with years in between.
Here on Tunefox you’ll find 3 versions of Old Home Place for banjo. The Scruggs style tablature will teach you how to play slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs. In the melodic arrangement of Old Home Place, you’ll learn some fancy up-the-neck melodic work. The third variation of this song is a forward roll based-backup arrangement. Each Tunefox arrangement teaches you how to create your own solos by using a feature called the Lick Switcher. The Lick Switcher features different style licks such as Scruggs, Melodic, or Bluesy and you can swap out measures in Old Home Place to learn about improvisation and creating arrangements. To use the Lick Switcher, click on the text "Original Measure" above certain measures in the song. Then select the lick you'd like to insert into the song. You can also click on "Shuffle Licks" at the bottom of the page to see a fully new version of the tablature. Be sure to check out all of the great learning tools that Tunefox has to offer such as "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up". These tools can be found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. Want to learn some of Old Home Place by ear? Use "Hide Notes" to hide some or all of the notes in the tablature. Once you’re finished learning with the tab use the "Memory Train" tool to commit the song to memory. Then practice with "Speed Up" to improve your technique and speed in no time. Using backing tracks for practice should be an essential part of every musician’s routine. With Tunefox, you can practice Old Home Place as fast or as slow as you want and mix the volume of the tracks with the instrument to your liking. There’s also a metronome so you can always feel the pulse of the song with or without the band track playing along. Members can also export all of their banjo Old Home Place arrangements into PDF files.
Old Home Place lyrics
Many years ago, when I left my old home place
Seeking what life would behold
I bid them farewell, and left on my fourney
Not thinking of stories, my mother had told I'm going back, to see the old home
I'm going back, today
I'm going back, to see the old folk...ide
As darkness would steal up the lane
Old days gone by, in my memory still lingers
I'm going back to my old home, again * Refrain Each night I have missed, Mom kneeling by my bedside
Praying I'd always go straight
When I get back, her smile will be missing
She won't be there to welcome, me home at the gate * Refrain