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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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[Jul 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Chords: What To Play When You Don’t Know What To Play – Part One

by Kat Bula   Have you ever had either of these thoughts?   “Man, waiting around for my turn to solo is really boring.  I should really take up guitar, so I could get more playing time in—but then we’d just have one more guitar player, and no fiddle!” “What do you mean, play something besides [...]

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[Jun 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Benny Thomasson and the Texas Fiddling Tradition: Part Three

Reprinted from: JEMF Quarterly Volume 10, Part 3 (Autumn 1974) #35 by Michael Mendelson To get an idea of some of the general features of Texas fiddling, and Benny’s fiddling in particular, I have included a transcription of his playing. 1 “Cripple Creek” was chosen as it is a well known tune, and can thus [...]

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[Jun 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Never Too Late: Part Four

By Lois Siegel Stacy Phillips, editor of Fiddle Sessions, thought it would be a good idea for me to reflect on some of your comments to my “Never Too Late” articles.  What a great idea.   {Continuing Lois’ response to Deborah Fuldauer from February – March 2011 issue.}   When I first started the violin in [...]

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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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[Dec 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Never Too Late: Part Two

By Lois Siegel Recap: Celtic Slow Jam, Glebe Community Centre: The group sat in a circle and took turns selecting a tune. The person who chose the tune would start it at the speed he desired.  I tried to follow the music. They were playing much faster than I could ever imagine playing. It was [...]

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[Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Technology Can Help You Fiddle

By Carolyn Osborne In the good ol’ days, when people put their furniture outside on a Saturday night and had house dances (Appalachia) or bals de mason (Cajun), youngsters learned fiddle tunes by listening and watching older fiddle players.  After a few years of being around a fiddle player, a kid might openly borrow or [...]

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[Oct 2010 | 14 Comments | ]
Never Too Late: Part One

By Lois Siegel Photo by Victor Turco Squeak, Squeak…. Squeak, Squeak…. Screech That was me at age 50 when I finally had time to engage in the formidable challenge of learning to play the violin. I had started “playing” the piano at eight in Omaha, Nebraska.  My teacher, Mr. Johnson, tall and lanky, looked a [...]

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[Oct 2010 | 6 Comments | ]
Weaning Yourself Off of Printed Music

by Carolyn Osborne The problem with relying on printed music for fiddle tunes is that the music doesn’t really represent how the tune is actually played.  Most fiddle tunes were/are played at dances, and if you play Bill Cheatham the exact same way for the ten minutes it takes to get through a set, then [...]