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The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – #6a Matt Glaser

July 2011 No Comment

by Matt Glaser



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 and to share his knowledge of different approaches to jazz improvisation.  However, he did not have any interest in writing anything down. Very “Matt”-like, as any of his myriad students will attest.  At the end of this article are recordings of his comments that precede his playing and then his improvisations.  Following that are my transcriptions.

As with most of the notation in this series, The Fiddle Session Jazz Violin Project, there are many un-notated and often, un-notatable, details you won’t find in the transcriptions.  The message is in Matt’s playing, on the accompanying mp3 file.  Use my transcription as a guide to get you started.  It would behoove you to analyze what he’s doing and then apply it to other tunes and keys. 

There will be 2 or 3 more sets of transcriptions from this interview with Matt in the coming months.


In this first clip of Matt Glaser, he addresses an  initial approach to a “simple” melody and chord progression.  The “Gimble” he refers to is western swing great, Johnny Gimble. He also mentions Buddy Spicher, one of the great double stop geniuses and a long time Nashville Cat. 

I’m the other voice on this clip.  Enjoy.

                        STACY PHILLIPS

 GLASER6arhodytalk.mp3 | GLASER6arhodymusic.mp3 | Printable Version


         about Matt Glaser

Matt says, “I like a lot of different styles of music. I think it’s because I have a short attention span. So I become at least a dilettante in playing different things. With my group, the Wayfaring Strangers, I just want to play like myself regardless of the style. When I’m playing jazz there is always an element of bluegrass mixed in. And when I’m playing bluegrass, there is always an element of jazz.”

Matt has played with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Bob Dylan and Stephane Grappelli.

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