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I was playing this yesterday

The piano accompaniment is a bit twee for the raw violin music. Perhaps it would be better as a solo. I hadn't been getting too deeply into folk music, as it's a bottomless pit, but I found this book of French stuff psc=1

I wonder what the basic minimum is, if there is one, Irish, French, Scottish, English, American, Eastern European?

I'd hope that Cajun and French Canadian rely a lot on French, but I suspect they branched out big time early on.

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I was looking for french folk tunes the other day, and found this book you mention, and also this video (from the author of the book). I have not watched it completely yet but it may interest you :

Thing is, I've never known any "typically french tunes" (like we say irish, etc) ; they do exist but it's all very local (different regions have their own styles ; and I don't know any of them).

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Branle primarily means shake, so he needn't have been so coy, lol!

Well, they've been making fiddles in France since 1600 when they brought back luthiers from Italy and housed them in Mirecourt, so I'd have expected fiddle music there.

There's Russian, Mexican, North African, Hungarian, Scandinavian.

Even if you spent the £300 or £400 on the two dozen basic books available, you wouldn't find time to play them all.

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@Gordon Shumway -

I am so happy you found "The Folk From The Mountain"! 

I must learn this!

Folk music IS a bottomless pit, but don't you think it's worth diving into when you discover treasure like this?   

There is so much beautiful and challenging music in our World! 

You can't play it all, but the thrill is to find the unique pieces you will cherish for a lifetime. 🥰 

Btw, can't see what book you refer to. 

 

@wtw -

I tried to bring this all up in this thread -

https://fiddlerman.com/forum/i.....-fiddle/ 

Been keenly aware there is a long history of violin in France. 

One of my favorite online teachers "Professor William Fitzpatrick" talks in his videos of the years he taught violin in France at a conservatory.  What I found amazing was the way teachers stay with their students through their entire violin education - beginning to end! 

Maybe just at that conservatory?

Still hoping we end up with (here on the forum) either an "International Folk Genre" or separate genres for: Europe, Asia and maybe a combination of Mexico/Central & South America (maybe including Spain). 

Anything you can find out about regional folk music in France would be greatly appreciated! 

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/99/95/cd/9995cd666590bd8049ed559beb9acf3b.jpg

 

...very interested!

- Emily

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ELCBK said

Btw, can't see what book you refer to. 

Hit "Quote" and it will show you the internet address.

I'm not sure I ever found a reliable way to post these links.

French folk book

The Kindle previews are the problem, they don't work the way youtube links work and they don't appear to be very flexible.

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@Gordon Shumway -

I like the books by Chris Haigh! 

Like his tutorials on YouTube, also. 😊

Thank you! 

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/c0/a4/6f/c0a46f4a2d6370d2ed9512536ce19823.jpg

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I have his "Exploring klezmer fiddle" book. The only thing missing in it would be play-along tracks, on the cd :–) (I like it when you have a track for demonstration, and a track to practice with)

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Gordon Shumway said

French folk book

This book doesn't contain The Folk from the Mountain, though.

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@Gordon Shumway -

"The Folk From The Mountain" sounded very familiar to me 🤔 was killing me trying to figure out where I'd heard it before/why I liked it so much. 

Decided I must have heard it in some fantasy-type film (don't judge my need to escape reality). 🙄

Found it was the recognizable inspiration for music in at least 2 scenes of the original "Conan, The Barbarian" (1982)! 🤣 

 

https://madaboutmoviez.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Conan-The-Barbarian.jpg

 

Maybe someone knows of it's use elsewhere? 

- Emily

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