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Welcome to the June-July 2011 issue of Fiddle Sessions®!

The Fiddle Session Jazz Violin Project rolls into high gear in this issue. If you are not familiar with it, the basic melody of Go Tell Aunt Rhody can be found in my entry in the March-April issue of Fiddle Sessions (http://fiddlesessions.com/?p=221).  Most of the solos in this series will use the melody at least [...]

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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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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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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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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 [...]