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[Jun 2011 | Comments Off | ]
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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[Jun 2011 | Comments Off | ]
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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[Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]
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 [...]

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[Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]
Benny Thomasson and the Texas Fiddling Tradition: Part Two

by Michael Mendelson Reprinted from: JEMF Quarterly Volume 10, Part 3 (Autumn 1974) #35 As Charles Faurot notes, in Texas, “Almost any reason will serve as an excuse for a fiddle contest…” whether it be a rodeo, anniversary of a town founding, St. Patrick’s Day or a “Yamboree”— a yam harvest festival .14 As these [...]

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[Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]
The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – Solo #1 Stacy Phillips

by Stacy Phillips  (photo by Marcia Goodman) This first entry in The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project serves as an introduction and, so, is a bit different in scope to all other entries that follow.  It is taken from my “Complete Country Fiddler”, a book designed to teach violinists how to create solos in the [...]

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[Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]
The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – #2 Tim Kliphuis

By Tim Kliphuis My name is Tim Kliphuis, a jazz fiddler from Holland. My style is based on the playing of French jazz fiddler Stephane Grappelli, who in the 1930’s with his partner Django Reinhardt, founded the style of Hot Club Jazz, nowadays called Gypsy, or Manouche, Jazz. Here is my solo. (The numbers refer [...]

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[Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]
The High Level Hornpipe from Jehile Kirkhuff

 by Ed Berbaum  This is a good example of the “Classical” Old-Time Fiddle tune style as defined by the Old-Time Herald many years ago.  It is not at the speed of Bluegrass., Not the “Nashville” or modern Contest style Not the Blues, not “music of the 20ʼs”. It is a great melody, a beautiful melody [...]

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[Apr 2011 | Comments Off | ]
High Level Hornpipe 2

Here is my transcription of Jehile Kirkhuff’s setting of High Level Hornpipe from the Mel Bay book “Favorite American Hornpipes for Fiddle”. Stacy Phillips Printable Version DiggShareShare with StumblersTweet

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[Feb 2011 | 10 Comments | ]
Never Too Late: Part Three

Your Comments and My Responses By Lois Siegel Photo by Victor Turco Why does it not surprise me that so many people have decided to take up a fiddle or another instrument late in life….  some returning to the past, some starting something new… and it’s not just the Baby Boomers.    It seems that people [...]

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[Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

By Tim Woodbridge 1942 found Don Messer enjoying the benefits of his relocation to Charlottetown P.E.I.  As part of his arrangement with CFCY, Messer had gained a base of operations with office space and a studio at the station.  His band, the Islanders had become a tight, cohesive unit that proved extremely popular on radio [...]