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Yehudi Menuhin has been quoted, saying "Scottish fiddlers are the wild horses of the prairie".
Found this article pretty interesting!
There appears to be a wealth of Scottish Fiddling information on this site.
Please take a peak at the "Contents" page!
@BillyG - let me know if you think this site is worth bookmarking or if it's garbage.
@ELCBK - it's not a blog I had read - and so far I'm only part-way through it. I am slightly (only slightly) put off by what appears to be a somewhat pejorative tone (pejorative too strong??? "prescriptive" tone maybe?) - but - it IS a blog and one person's opinions and style of writing - but that's just how it hits me.
Nevertheless - there is a great fund of information there - and - in spite of my words above - sure- there is a lot to agree with.
Interestingly enough, I recall seeing that very broadcast with Yehudi Menuhin -
Five years later, he took a televised lesson with the so-called ‘doyen’ of Scottish fiddle music, Hector MacAndrew (a fellow judge at the Perth competition), and as part of the same event was guest of honour at a recital featuring MacAndrew’s tune, ‘Yehudi Menuhin’s Welcome to Blair Castle’, performed by the combined orchestras of the Angus and Banchory Strathspey and Reel Societies. The event was documented by the BBC and broadcast on Channel One the same year (as it happens, on St Andrew’s Night again).
It was awesome to observe and listen to Menuhin's comments and approach to playing - I have a memory of him "trying" to get the Scottish feel to an old traditional piece - and then wowing us with a "classically played" version of the same tune... Inspiring at the time - although it has taken me almost 45 years to get round to picking up the fiddle !!!!
Also interesting references to the great James Scott Skinner - here's an interesting (well I find it interesting) take on Skinner's "Bonnie Lass o' Bon Accord" - played by Ron Gonnella - where without any shadow of doubt classical techniques (ok, some vibrato, shifting, flying staccato and so on) are brought into play (which is precisely what Menuhin did on that program - although not that specific tune)
Anyway - I'm only about a third-way through the blog - I'll return to it later. Things to do now!
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)