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Good fiddle resource for beginners
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anathama
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I live in Maine, and in my state there's a "fiddle camp." On the website every year, they post mp3's of the songs you'll be working on played slowly, and fast. You need a password to access this year's mp3's but if you scroll down on this page -> http://mainefiddle.org/tunes.shtm you can get the mp3's of last years songs played slowly, faster, and some of them have tutorials. They're meant to be learned by ear, so there's no sheet music. The music is all irish and french canadian.

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Excellent stuff !!

What are you going to play ?  

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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Fiddlerman
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June 1, 2011 - 6:04 pm
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Sounds like a lot of fun. Maybe next year we should all decide to meet there and jam together for a weekend or something. I love the idea and maybe we can work up the tunes together here on Fiddlerman.comSmile

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anathama
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I definitely plan to go next year!

They actually hold similar camps all across the continent though, so if anyone is interested in going to something like that but can't come all the way up here:

http://www.fiddle.com/Camps-Wo.....-A-L-.page

http://www.fiddle.com/Camps-Wo.....-M-Z-.page

 

And here are the ones in Canada:

http://fiddlefarmers.com/musiccamps.htm

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Fiddlerman
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June 1, 2011 - 7:13 pm
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Thanks for sharing. I love this kind of interaction.

Just thinking out loud, but wouldn't it be cool to start a group online where we decide the tunes, post them, work on them, then we meet at one of these camps and work together for a day or so, then perform together.

I started Fiddlerman.com in September and the visits are increasing very rapidly. I imagine that we could put together a real fun group for next year.

PS, thanks everyone for contributing to such a friendly and helpful atmosphere here in this 4 month old forum. Begins to feel like a familySmile 

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Oliver
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Anathama,

Not sure what you said, but the sooner you commit to "go" AND "compete", the better it is.  You should pick your music now and, even, if you do not eventually compete, the preparation is equal to many music lessons.  Performing in such an event leads to great leaps of technique, confidence, etc.

I am even preparing for an event next Fall and I'm really working at it. 

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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It's not a competition at all, Oliver! It's for learning and teaching and having fun.

For me, my performances will largely be like this:

They're beginners, and they just learned that song in a workshop.

That vibrato is absolutely hilarious, though. XD

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OK.  Guess you're off the hook for now : )

Looks like fun !

I have a Grand Daughter about that age and playing ability and she just had a "recital" along with about 50 kids of the Boston School System !! 

PS  Does the video suggest that I will see you eventually on YouTube ?  : )

 

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