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Welcome to the October-November issue of Fiddle Sessions

Howard Marshall contributes the final segment of his exploration of the many faces, melodies and dance steps of the Cotton Eyed Joe family of fiddle tunes. Lois Siegel’s experiences as an adult beginner should inspire others who have not been as brave as her.  If any readers know someone who despairs of learning to fiddle [...]

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Fidel Cruz

by Paul Anastasio Fidel Cruz was a good friend of Juan Reynoso and a fine musician. Juan wrote this beautiful waltz in his memory. Juan generally played this with a quarter note at M.M. 106. Feel free to play it at whatever speed you like. A few big slides would not be too schmaltzy for [...]

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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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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 [...]

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

by Howard Marshall Continued from the previous issue of Fiddle Sessions    The printed music {of Cotton Eyed Joe} appears in numerous fiddle tune books. Christeson has an unusual version in his Old-Time Fiddler’s Repertory, with several phrases reminiscent to the 1940s western swing song.[vi]  Ira Ford included a version in his classic 1940 book substantially [...]