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Welcome to the June, 2010 issue of Fiddle Sessions

Cookie Segelstein completes her current series on klezmer violin with a look at an introspective, usually rubato style of music from East Europe, the doina. Anthony Barnett continues his musing on the history and current state of jazz violin with  a trenchant view of the opposite (perhaps an overstatement on my part) pole to Stuff [...]

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Bob Wills played this this version of Cotton Eyed Joe on the 1947 recording with his band, The Texas Playboys. Louis Tierney played harmony, which is not transcribed. See Howard Marshall’s essay on this tune, elsewhere in this issue. This is related to the commercially successful Cotton Eyed Joe of the Urban Cowboy fad, but [...]

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The Doina in Klezmer Music Article 5

by Cookie Segelstein   One of the forms in klezmer music that uses the character of MISHEBEYRAKH (the mode covered in the previous article) is the doina . Here is an explanation of Doina from the introduction by Joshua Horowitz of Kale Bazetsns and Doinas, by Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz*: Doina is the Romanian [...]

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Understanding and Learning Shifting and Higher Positions on the Fiddle Part Two

“Boil the Cabbage Down” first position fingering pattern (2nd finger close to 3rd finger, typical beginner’s pattern). Tonic note is an open string (e.g., A, in Boil the Cabbage). This position is typically taught to beginners without regard to staying in a single key across the instrument. So, you get a major scale if you start on the G string 0123 and then go to the D string 0123 (G scale). You get the D scale by starting on the D string 0123 and going to the A string 0123 and the A scale is A:0123 E:0123. However, if you wanted to play a second octave of any of these scales, you would use a different finger pattern. This chart represents the beginner finger pattern, then, rather than proper notes for a particular scale.

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“Where Did You Come From, Where Did You Go?” The Split Personality of Cotton-Eyed Joe” (Part I) *

by Howard Marshall In a section on couple dances in my forthcoming book on the history of fiddling in Missouri, the Cotton-Eyed Joe dance and tune became a focus of interest. The following essay is offered to readers for discussion. Readers are encouraged to contact me by email at MarshallH@Missouri.Edu with corrections and ideas for [...]

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Musings on the Evolution of Jazz Violin Part Three: The Hot Club of Robinson County

by Anthony Barnett SP: Any comments on the divide between the stylistic approaches of the Grappelli and Stuff Smith and their respective statuses both in the jazz world and among music fans that are not jazz aficionados? Where does the Manouche/French Gypsy violin style stand in your concept of the jazz world? AB: Let’s talk, [...]