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[Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – #5 Graham Clark

By Graham Clark   The entire solo is played with swung quavers, heavy on the second and fourth beats of the bar. I start with a simple bluesy  riff begun on the sixth which is repeated with slight variations, in the manner of, say, Count Basie. This sets up an accessible swinging  beginning to the [...]

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[Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – #6a Matt Glaser

by Matt Glaser        A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR AND TRANSCRIBER Matt Glaser may be the single most influential jazz violin teacher of the past twenty years, through his work at Boston’s Berklee School of Music.  He happily volunteered to let me record him as he played many variations of Go Tell Aunt Rhody [...]

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[Jun 2011 | Comments Off | ]
The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – #3 Randy Sabien

 By Randy Sabien  solo #1 The foundation of a good solo is built on rhythms, phrases, articulation, and dynamics.  These are all controlled with the bow.  Rhythms are played on the tonic that roughly follow the phrasing of the melody so there are rests every now and then.  One of the risks of improvising is [...]

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[Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]
The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – #4 Kenny Kosek

By Kenny Kosek The feel is a relaxed swing. In measure 2 the D flat is best played between a D and D flat, subsequent D flats are true D flats. Shift up the neck in measure 9, playing the high Bb with the first finger. To play the optional triple stops in measure 16 [...]

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[Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]
The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – Solo #1 Stacy Phillips

by Stacy Phillips  (photo by Marcia Goodman) This first entry in The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project serves as an introduction and, so, is a bit different in scope to all other entries that follow.  It is taken from my “Complete Country Fiddler”, a book designed to teach violinists how to create solos in the [...]

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[Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]
The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – #2 Tim Kliphuis

By Tim Kliphuis My name is Tim Kliphuis, a jazz fiddler from Holland. My style is based on the playing of French jazz fiddler Stephane Grappelli, who in the 1930’s with his partner Django Reinhardt, founded the style of Hot Club Jazz, nowadays called Gypsy, or Manouche, Jazz. Here is my solo. (The numbers refer [...]

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[Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]
The High Level Hornpipe from Jehile Kirkhuff

 by Ed Berbaum  This is a good example of the “Classical” Old-Time Fiddle tune style as defined by the Old-Time Herald many years ago.  It is not at the speed of Bluegrass., Not the “Nashville” or modern Contest style Not the Blues, not “music of the 20ʼs”. It is a great melody, a beautiful melody [...]

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[Apr 2011 | Comments Off | ]
High Level Hornpipe 2

Here is my transcription of Jehile Kirkhuff’s setting of High Level Hornpipe from the Mel Bay book “Favorite American Hornpipes for Fiddle”. Stacy Phillips Printable Version

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[Feb 2011 | 10 Comments | ]
Never Too Late: Part Three

Your Comments and My Responses By Lois Siegel Photo by Victor Turco Why does it not surprise me that so many people have decided to take up a fiddle or another instrument late in life….  some returning to the past, some starting something new… and it’s not just the Baby Boomers.    It seems that people [...]

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[Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
High Level Hornpipe

by Stacy Phillips In conjunction with Tim Woodbridge’s article, I present a transcription of the piece “High Level Hornpipe” mostly from the playing of the legendary Howard “Howdy” Forrester conflated with a bit (including those nasty Db notes) from Western style contest fiddler Jeff Guernsey.  Sections 3 and 4 are the ones that Woodbridge credits to Sid Plamador. The [...]