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Learning Fiddling Genres
Choosing styles to play
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December 31, 2021 - 9:34 am
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@Thomas B. 

 You've got me thinking about my quest I embarked on, starting 2½ years ago, when I decided to learn to play the Fiddle. 

...I'm still on this journey! 

I've added quite a bit of interesting info and examples of music to the 'Genre' section of this forum, but I know there is sooo much more to explore! 

This adventure of mine has never stopped being exciting!  Even though some genres can get confusing they have ALL been worth learning about, because I have discovered wonderful music.  Some tunes are hard to play, some are just plain fun and others are so beautiful they haunt me. 

I ask myself enough questions it keeps me searching.  So, here's a fairly recent video that shows a FABULOUS variety of genres for comparison.  Michael Burnyeat chose great examples to play - 30 different fiddling styles and you can hear the differences! 


Here are the 30 styles listed in order of play:
Scottish, Irish, French Canadian, Canadian Old-time, American Old-time, Métis, Cape-breton, Texas style, Bluegrass, Western Swing, English, Gypsy Jazz, Cajun, Country, Swedish, Klezmer, Prairie Canadian Old-time (Calvin Vollrath), West Coast, Contemporary, Ukrainian, New England, Breton, Blues, Shetland, Mariachi, Jazz, Maritimes, Choro, Folk (fiddle backup), Czech.



Whew!  ...and y'all thought I was crazy with 10 tunes for the Christmas Party! 🤣

- Emily

December 31, 2021 - 11:53 am
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Thanks for posting this, I enjoyed watching it. Very fun and interesting.


December 31, 2021 - 7:01 pm
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Well that is some exceptional playing and fun to watch!  liked his Angeline the Baker especially.  Im doing good with 1 and possibly 2 of those styles..lol.  I know youre getting better by the day at multiple ones!   very inspiring to watch not only this but anyone that can do more than a few.


January 1, 2022 - 1:28 am
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That was enlightening,  he was not only a very good player but his ability to switch from one style to the next was just as, if not more impressive.

Thanks for posting this great find.


Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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January 2, 2022 - 10:53 am
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Finally watched this last night and was blown away by him. A single take, his ability to play all these genres for over 18 minutes straight, and it seemed mostly with no music, although he may have been using a computer or pad.


The old curmudgeon!

Thomas B.
January 2, 2022 - 2:23 pm
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thank you very much for showing us this. It sure does musically explain so much. 

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