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Fiddle Hell 2015
A fiddlers' convention, November 6-8, 2015, in Westford, Massachusetts.
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KindaScratchy
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October 10, 2015 - 9:22 pm
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Fiddle Hell Massachusetts is a yearly gathering of fiddlers to meet, jam, learn, and have fun. It's both friendly and diverse, crossing all ages and including many traditional fiddle styles. Typically, there are about 1/3 beginners, 1/3 intermediates, and 1/3 advanced players, with many workshop and jam session choices at each level.

Fiddle Hell 2015 will be held at the Westford Regency Inn, 219 Littleton Road, Westford, Massachusetts. There's lots of workshop and jamming space, loads of free parking, nice rooms if you wish to stay over (and a swimming pool!), and good food both onsite and nearby.  Sessions, workshops, the concert and dance, and late night jams will all be under one roof!  More than 230 workshops and jams are scheduled.

The cutoff for the special Fiddle Hell hotel room rate of $99/night is this Friday, Oct. 16. As for Fiddle Hell registration, fiddlers can just show up when they like during the weekend and register on site. There is no requirement to pre-register or prepay (although if you do pre-pay it saves you money for the weekend and will enter you into the CodaBow discount certificate drawing).

This will be my third Fiddle Hell. I can tell you that it's a blast and I learned a lot.

It would be so cool to meet up with other Fiddlerman.com members at Fiddle Hell. If anyone else is going to be there, please chime in here or PM me.

For more info, see http://www.reinerfamilyband.co.....ction.html.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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I am so excited for you Diane!

Can't wait to hear all about this 3rd event.....so exciting to see everyone grow as violinists over the years..

Yahoo....devil-violindevil-violindevil-violindevil-violindevil-violindevil-violin

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How exciting!!  I would come in a heart beat, but  ..... anyway, the song on the Reiner family band site Beaumont Rag -  I have to learn it!!  

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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Wish you and other Fiddlerman members could be there, @Schaick . It's a great learning opportunity and it would be so cool to be able to jam together.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Working in a hospital it's tough getting coverage on weekends. I've been working on this for a few months now and my hopefuls all backed out... We need a SAD face on the "smileys" board... 

 

Here's for next year...crossedfingers

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@KindaScratchy 

Can't wait to hear more of Fiddlehell when you are home and rested up.

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Ripton said
Working in a hospital it's tough getting coverage on weekends. I've been working on this for a few months now and my hopefuls all backed out... We need a SAD face on the "smileys" board... 

 

Here's for next year...crossedfingers

I feel for you!!  I missed so many parties, holidays, etc. when I worked evenings in the hospital. Sad man with a mustache - :{    🙁

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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I agree with Toni, I can't wait to hear how it went 🙂 It sounds like such a neat event! 

Around here, about a 45 minute drive from me, is a living history museum, and every year they have their event, Music in the Valley. I've always enjoyed going that weekend to see all the people just sitting around the grounds playing in little groups. There is always a good amount of fiddlers walking around. My teacher yesterday reminded me that this upcoming year I could actually go as a fellow musician. She said just bring your fiddle, and wander around playing, or join in one of the little groups and play along. It's not as involved as Fiddle Hell, but it is a neat weekend of history and music 🙂 

~ I'm not torturing cats... I'm learning to play violin! ~

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Ok, here's my report from Fiddle Hell 2015:

This was my third consecutive Fiddle Hell. The Westford Regency in Westford, Mass. is a very good venue for the event, with spacious workshop rooms, nice hotel rooms and good food. Westford is about 45 minutes from my home.

The first year that I attended, it was held at the historic Colonial Inn in Concord, Mass., which had quaint New England ambiance and excellent food, but the workshop rooms were way too crowded. The chairs were so close together, it was a wonder that no one lost an eye from another fiddler's bow.

I attended sessions on how to jam, how to learn by ear, and bowing patterns, as well as workshops on learning tunes in different styles, including Cape Breton, Old Time and bluegrass. Over the course of the weekend, there are workshops on every genre and technique, at every level.

The workshops are taught by professional fiddlers, many of whom are well known. The approach for most workshops is to teach tunes and techniques by ear, though some instructors hand out sheet music for the tunes they teach, for future reference.

My ear learning results were mixed. For example, I did well in a Cape Breton waltz workshop but not so well in a Cape Breton jig workshop. (I suspect the fact that I was up until midnight the night before jamming had something to do with it.)

On Saturday night there was a concert featuring several of the instructors. After that I attended a late night bluegrass jam in which I played mandolin.

All in all, I learned a lot and enjoyed interacting and playing with other fiddlers at or near my level, and observing fiddlers much better than me.

I highly recommend this event to anyone in New England or who is inclined to travel here. Hope to see some Fiddlerman members at Fiddle Hell 2016!

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When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Looking for any videos that may be out there. Watching FH Facebook page. Did you notice any violas or sessions for viola there? I really hope to make it next year as it is my weekend off. Can I stick with my viola, or should I brush up on the violin? 

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Ripton said
Looking for any videos that may be out there. Watching FH Facebook page. Did you notice any violas or sessions for viola there? I really hope to make it next year as it is my weekend off. Can I stick with my viola, or should I brush up on the violin? 

There was this one video posted to the FH Facebook page:

A lot of photos and comments have been posted there, too, which provide a good feel for the event.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/fiddlehellmassachusetts/

I'm pretty sure that I saw a viola or two. I know for sure that I saw a few cellos. In fact, a young woman playing a cello joined in the bluegrass jam on Saturday night and played a mean break on one song. There were also people playing mandolin (considered honorary fiddles 🙂 ), guitar, claw hammer banjo, bass, tin whistle and keyboard.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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