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What is Old-Time Music/What is Old-Time Fiddle?
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Found this on YouTube. I thoroughly enjoyed this video full of rich history, excellent fiddle music, and great visuals. Thought I would share it.

A lighthearted documentary history of the fiddle tunes and syncopated rhythms that make up American “roots” music and gave birth to today’s pop music too. From pre-historic Europe and Africa to today’s Fiddler’s Festivals and beyond, this music gets bigger every year but also stays true to its origins.

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Fiddling for Older Folks - Adventures in Learning to Play the Fiddle as an Adult

My teacher tells me there are only two things keeping me from becoming a great fiddler...My right hand and my left hand. 

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Thanks for posting.

Its always said that the old fiddlers were imitating bagpipes.   What if, and just my thoughts..they were actually trying to get the sound that a Hardanger produces?  There was also a large population from the Nordic countries that came to the U.S. so possibly they didnt have access to their previous instrument and used a fiddle to get the same feel...Or possibly they just hit some open strings and thought Hey that SOUNDS GOOD?  I wonder if maybe its over thought on where it came from when discussing traditional music sometimes.  But, I like investigating tune origins and stuff so video is interesting.

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Check out at around 5:00 in and at around 9:00 in this video.  Especially around 5:00. doesnt it remind you of "mountain " old time type music.  Really wasnt familiar with Norwegian folk music till @hp posted a link a few weeks back.  It was a...hey..wait a darn tootin minute here.. Moment. 

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@GregW I never thought about the hardanger angle. That might be something to look at a bit closer.

On the video, a definite yes on the old time mountain music similarities.

There is the old saying that there is nothing new under the sun, and I think that probably pertains to music down through the centuries as well. There has been such migration around the planet over the centuries, most music has elements (sometimes hard to see/hear) from many other times in many other parts of the world.

When I was teaching in the South Bronx, I worked with an excellent media teacher. He had an exercise where he would play a brief harmony, melody, rhythm, beat, etc., and ask the kids what song was it from. Of course the kids would respond with a popular song they knew. He then would have a few examples of other songs that contained the same element...a chant, a show tune, a song from another culture, etc. That would blow the kids away.

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@MoonShadows. Yes!  I do share their child like wonder in it all.  Especially being new to it.  I like to refer to it as "geekin out" 🙂

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LOL! @GregW 

I see I have 2 emails from you. I'll take a look!

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MoonShadows said
LOL! @GregW 

I see I have 2 emails from you. I'll take a look!

  

yessir!  Ill talk your ear off! 

So I sent a link to Butler university online documents.  They have a paper about all the stuff in the video.  Not everyone wants to read 58 pages of Appalachian old time history but its out there if you want it.  Not sure about posting anything other than youtube videos here.   Jim I sent you the pdf version.

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Got it! Just need to read it. Perhaps I'll get some time today...I'll get back to you.

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Alright then.  Sounds good.

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GregW said

MoonShadows said

LOL! @GregW 

I see I have 2 emails from you. I'll take a look!

  

yessir!  Ill talk your ear off! 

So I sent a link to Butler university online documents.  They have a paper about all the stuff in the video.  Not everyone wants to read 58 pages of Appalachian old time history but its out there if you want it.  Not sure about posting anything other than youtube videos here.   Jim I sent you the pdf version.

  

Can't upload the thesis here. Too large. If anyone wants to read it, you can download it from my website. I also wrote a brief synopsis: https://fiddlingforolderfolks......dle-music/

EDIT: I added two YouTube videos to this blog post just now.

Jim

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