Welcome to the August – September 2011 issue of Fiddle Sessions®!
We’ve got two more great solos in The Fiddle Session Jazz Violin Project series this issue. (Check the past two issues for four more entries.)
Graham Clark is an exciting improviser from the United Kingdom. Check out his strong bow attack on the accompanying recording.
Matt Glaser may be the alpha dog of jazz violin teachers. He’s been at the top of the food chain in the Strings Department at Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA for many years. We conducted a lengthy phone interview in which he played several interpretations of what can be done with a simple chord progression like on Go Tell Aunt Rhody. I have transcribed them and will upload all this great stuff over the next few issues. Recordings of his spoken commentary and his playing accompany the transcriptions.
I am happy to publish articles by a couple of new contributors from Washington State. It’s a good sign that the next generation of great players are ready to share their ideas and experiences with the fiddle world.
Devan Wardrop-Saxton tells of playing fiddle at a folk music camp in Hungary. I hope to have her contribute notation of some of the pieces she learned.
Kat Bula thinks about “Thinking Chordally” in the first of a series of articles. It’s a necessary step for anyone interested in jamming and improvising. She’s written some fine songs and her name may be a household word in a matter of months!.