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Celtic Styles
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November 19, 2012 - 12:58 am
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Yes, thank you.

I searched youtube for "Tam Lin" and there are some ensemble/symphony performance that are truly amazing.

Thanks for the starter points.


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Correction: "Here is an example of a Scottish reel set played with the first ditty in F (Tamlin/Glasgow Reel) followed by Jenny's Chickens in A". Technically, its an IRISH reel set. Not Scottish.

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tamlin said

Fiddlerman said
Is that you playing in the above video tamlin? Tam Lin?

Not quite me... I think of it as me in a couple years.

Fiddlerman said
Is it supposed to be like a tremolo or some kind of 32nd triplets that are not really up to speed. It makes for an interesting effect in any case.

Shared this with a performing Scottish fiddler here, and her first comment was "Wow, she got in a "barrel", referring to the those 32nd triplets. Its a fun and funky trick to learn. I LOVE it when Eileen Ivers styles perfect barrels in her more traditional works. (Yes, if Eileen plays it, I want to play it too, ha ha)

Could you give an example of a barrel and how its accomplished, it's really hard to get explanations of fiddling moves. Violin has all the written explanation fiddle is sorely lacking.


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I think that a Scottish fiddler would better answer your question.

Mr. Jim might want to give a demonstration on the "Barrel".....

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Killerkhezu said
My main goal for the Violin is to play Celtic/Irish/ Folksy type music do you know know what to start looking at or practicing to grow and ear from that genre on music?


I started off with this.  qid=1378253632&sr=8-6&keywords=scottish+folk+fiddle 

The Scottish Folk Fiddle Tutor.  It has a disk in it too.  Some of my favorite songs are still in the early pages of this book.  I play several of them together just because they are sweet tunes.  But it is a good progression book too.   


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