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[Feb 2012 | Comments Off | ]
The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – #10 Julian Smedley

 By Julian Smedley As a jazz violinist, my challenge was to improvise over a traditional tune from one genre and era using the vocabulary of a different style and era. To do so, I used devices popularized by Swing era players such as Eddie South, Benny Goodman and Lester Young. I included arpeggios, scales, riffs and rhythmic [...]

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[Feb 2012 | Comments Off | ]
The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – Martin Norgaard

By Martin Norgaard My solo on Go Tell Aunt Rhody is heavily influenced by Bebop. Specifically, I use a lot of eighth notes that connect chord tones with arpeggios, scales and chromatics. Eighth-note lines in tonal music in many styles from fiddle tunes to Bach and Bebop is constructed by placing the notes of the [...]

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[Feb 2012 | 5 Comments | ]
Jewish Music From Bucovina

By Miamon Miller    In December of ’09, Mel Bay published an online article I wrote regarding Romanian folk music from the region of Moldavia.  In that short piece, I said that   “Those of you who play klezmer and other types of Jewish music may have taken special notice of this article’s title “Hora [...]

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[Feb 2012 | One Comment | ]
The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – #6c Matt Glaser

by  Matt Glaser       A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR AND TRANSCRIBER   Check out the two previous solos that Matt contributing in recent issues of Fiddle Sessions.                         Stacy Phillips    GLASER Rhody talk6c.mp3 | GLASER Rhody music6c.mp3 | Printable Version                 about Matt Glaser Matt says, “I like a lot of different styles [...]

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The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – #9 Sam Bardfeld

By Sam Bardfeld      In my “Go Tell Aunt Rhody” solo, the first thing on my mind was what I wanted the overall shape of the 16 bar solo to look like. The first six bars or so are a statement of the melody using a combination of slightly altered 2-note double-stop voicings and [...]

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The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – #10 Paul Anastasio

by Paul Anastasio                            about the improvisor   Initially classically trained, Paul Anastasio soon began exploring the worlds of bluegrass and fiddle music. In the mid-1970s Paul studied and performed with Joe Venuti. Begining in 1978, Paul toured with Merle Haggard, Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Gatlin, Loretta Lynn and many [...]

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[Dec 2011 | One Comment | ]
The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – #8 Evan Price

By Evan Price In this solo, I made extensive use of ‘neighbor tones’ in order to create the illusion of harmonic motion, of which there is very little in the chords of the tune.  ‘Neighbor tones’ are simply non-chordal notes which surround the chordal notes.  They can belong to the scale which corresponds to the [...]

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[Dec 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Cripple Creek

by Michael Mendelson Cripple Creek as played by Benny Thomason; Transciption by Michael Mendelson. Printable Version  

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[Oct 2011 | One Comment | ]
The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – #6b Matt Glaser

 by Matt Glaser A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR AND TRANSCRIBER  Matt begins this part of our interview demonstrating how he might ask someone with background in bluegrass fiddle to approach swing violin.   Soon he’s onto other levels of improvisation.   In mid-stream Matt mentions Richard Lieberson, a wonderful guitarist from New York who introduced a [...]

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[Oct 2011 | Comments Off | ]
The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – #7 Marty Laster

by Marty Laster The first break uses the melody and has a minimal amount of chromaticism (notes outside the scales or arpeggios) Bowings are a personal matter, but you may like some of mine. On break #2, I am playing off of the chords, not the melody, and am incorporating more chromaticism, blues and leaping [...]