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Found this podcast and she has alot of short youtube videos (audio only ) that are really good. She Picks a topic and gives a shorter talk about her thoughts and tips on them.  She has taught gor over 20 years suzuki and fiddle styles.

here are a couple Ive listened to so far.

A talk about playing slower

 

And maybe not one for the regulars here, but those that may be wondering about the topic.

Talk about notes and not all are equal

 

ANNNNND.... the whole playlists link

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Great vids Greg. 

Personally I think anything you learn should be played extremely slowly and in tune.

In Irish playing, which you are probably aware of, they say that there are 3 speeds, practice which is very slow, medium getting used to the tune, playing at home and the like, and 2 lumped together, session speed which can be very quick depending on the musicians lol and dance speed, 2 which is always the same, and can be heard and watched with,Irish dancers on you tube.

I have never played sessions on violin but have on banjo, and they can get very quick, especially when the drink flows and being in tune matters less and less. In England, in Liverpool, they can get raucous, In Ireland were I haven't played in session and never would, but have been at hundreds they can get mad, especially if played for Irish people by Irish Musicians, and not for tourists.

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@stringy with your background in session playing.. are there any pointers ypu would add that maybe she didnt cover?   what would you suggest in the way of tunes to learn for a first timer.  was there a few standard tunes that always came up?

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Lilting banshee, cooleys reel, swallowtail are a few, but, they may have changed now as its around 5 years since I last played in one,  and tunes tend to go out of fashion.

In Ireland people turn up to play who are just wandering through, but they are all generally fine musicians who know all the tunes and can drop in at breakneck speed, you also often get things like they will expect fiddle breaks and banjo breaks, so you have to be good, no doubt about it, which is why I would never attempt to drop in one in Ireland.

Mate of mine pat, used to play in Dublin a lot, but believe it or not its  mostly things like oasis they play there, and you can sing along to let it be at the end of the night (everyone likes the beatles) If you ever go to Dublin by the way watch out as the price of beer goes up at 11 at night, catches  lot of people out, quite funny.

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I believe it.  Probably like here and depends on place to place and the particpants.  Some are advertised slow or beginner...some are open..some more geared to seasoned players or pros.  Think it would help knowing expectations first.   Good reason to maybe visit once or twice before trying to jump in.

Good thing about playing is one doesnt even have to visit one to learn the style and play.  Theres a part in one of her podcast episodes where she is talking about a fiddle hell workshop she observed where the instructor was having and i think it was geared more towards children..play tunes they knew slow.   And showing how when slow there can be an approach and a way of playing that allows some different things.

either way..slow fast.. wherever you are in playing it is valid and theres always room for growth and improvement.  And I think podcast like this and others help by giving pointers to help that.

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