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April 2021 Online Fiddle Hell Festival!
Something for EVERYONE!
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April 17, 2021 - 8:33 pm
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@BillyG It's about time you returned to the airwaves!!!

How have you been. No COVID I hope.... Wife and I got our vaccines (qualified as old Farts!).

Nice to hear from you.

Bob in Lone Oak, Texas


April 18, 2021 - 5:27 am
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Another Great Day at Fiddle Hell!

Saturday was Day 3! 

I was only able to watch and participate LIVE for 5 hours, Saturday. 

Here's what I chose for the day:

♥ Found out more about Modes with Shana Aisenberg - even

3 modes that were totally new to me! 

♥ Learned a wonderful Creole tune from Mitch Reed! 

♥ Got my head completely filled with useful

Jazz Concepts for Solo Violin

by Billy Contreras! 

♥ Learned a couple of Soulful Hungarian Violin Tunes

from Beth Bahia Cohen! 

♥ Picked up a Swedish Schottis and Vals with Andrea Hoag!


The LIVE Workshops I've attended so far barely put a dent in what's been made available

- let alone all the workshops I'd normally expect to find at a Fiddle Festival. 

...and I've only peeked at some of the great concerts.

There's probably 150 more that I'll want to study once the Festival is over

(3 months to do it)!  

I'm ready for Fiddle Hell, Day 4!


No questions? 

- Emily

@BillyG -

So glad you popped in for a moment! 

I'm sure there are quite a few others who can't access Zoom, also. 😞

Brora, North-east Scotland
April 18, 2021 - 11:41 am
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Bob said
@BillyG It's about time you returned to the airwaves!!!

How have you been. No COVID I hope.... Wife and I got our vaccines (qualified as old Farts!).

Nice to hear from you. 

Aww, cheers @bob - good to hear from you !!!

Yeah - maintaining a low-profile here due to other "life-pressures" - but all is good, and TY !

Yeah, we also qualify as the OF brigade (well, Debbie does, LOL, depends where we draw the line in years LOLOL...) but we've both had our first of two AZ jabs about 8 weeks back - so we are hopefully due for the second sometime soon.  

On that topic (of AZ vaccine and the apparent/alleged clotting risk) - well - all I can say is - folks - if you are "vaccine hesitant" then - get real - TAKE THE VACCINE whichever one is offered.  Risk analyses (for something around 1 in 1 million) is an "imprecise science", it is statistically based, and may even NOT be associated with the vaccine (or any of them)   Yeahhh...

Oh, can't resist - it'll mean nothing to you folks States-side - but these two folks in the attached image are leaders of two countries within the EU (which the UK has now left) - but they ----- ahhhhh noooooo.....   - I'll stop, and refrain from posting the image because although just "in fun" nevertheless it is in some ways "political" - so I'll just PM you with it - I found it really funny !!!

Ha, Bob - every time I hear from you (and 4 or so others) you all bring back memories of the PAIN and virtual insanity I suffered mixing down our "You are my Sunshine" mini-project....  I never ever need to hear that accursed tune (even in my head) again !!!! LOLOL !!!  It WAS a lot of fun though!!!

Appreciate the shout-out Bob, laters, 


I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)


April 18, 2021 - 7:01 pm
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@BillyG Hey there!  Long time, no post!  Great to see you back here!  cheerleader

Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.


April 19, 2021 - 2:08 pm
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...or IS it? 

Day 4 of Fiddle Hell!

Yesterday was the 4th and final (9 hours!) day of LIVE performances and

interactive workshops at the Fiddle Hell Festival. 

Here's what I chose:

♥ Started the day with more Hijaz modal keys and learned a wonderful

Greek tune with Beth Bahia Cohen!  

♥ Learned melody, chords and 2nd voice for a Rocking Swedish Polska as

Natalie Haas taught it on Cello! 

♥ Found answers about Microtones In Irish Fiddle Playing with Armand Aromin! 

♥ Discovered subtle details of Scottish Slow Airs, Rich and Compelling,

from the very creative Jeremy Kittel!

♥ had a liberating experience with Building Blocks For Jazz Solos -

also with Jeremy Kittel! 

♥ Achieving an Authentic Touch With Norwegian Ornaments & Double Stops

was made possible by Vidar Skrede!

(considering virtual lessons down the road) 

♥ Learned 2 lighthearted, Favorites From La Bottine Souriante -

Québéois from Lisa Ornstein!

♥ Gained more rhythm and cultural understanding of Afro-Cuban Jazz: Form and Performance with Jesus Florido! 

♥ Finally, played around with many creative variations of Deford Bailey's,

"The Evening Prayer Blues" along with Darol Anger! 

I have sooo much to process! 

...and 3 months to try to watch all the Old Time and Blue Grass - as well as the rest of the Workshops, Jams and Concerts I wasn't able to view LIVE. 

Will try to share some relative bits of info, down the road. 😊 

Any questions?

Maybe y'all will consider attending the next Fiddle Hell in the Fall! 



@ABitRusty , @SharonC - 

What did you get to see LIVE?

- Emily


April 24, 2021 - 6:26 pm
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Fiddle Hell - guess it really isn't over! 

Just saw that people can still register (at a reduced price) to watch replays until July 18th!  

There are 35 hour long concerts, 35 hour long jam sessions, and 200 hour long workshops, for fiddle, mandolin, cello, guitar, old-time banjo, and singing! 

"Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun, Cape Breton, East European, Electric, Irish, Jazz, Jazz Manouche, Klezmer, Latin, Mexican, New Acoustic, New England, Old-Time Southern, Québécois, Scandinavian, Scottish, Swing, Texas, and Western Swing styles. Historical and technical workshops are also on the program -- "Songs from Black History," "Indigenous Fiddlers and Influences," "The Underground Railroad,""Efficient Practice Strategies," "Slay the Pain Dragon," "Looping Essentials," "Taking Your Music Online," "Electric Violin - How to Get There," "Five Ways to Learn a Fiddle Tune So You Never Forget It," and many more. As usual, workshops and jams are designed for Beginners, Low Intermediates, High Intermediates, or Advanced players."

Also (if you register), you can download (or print) any (or all) of the 170 handouts to your laptop (or phone)! 

I only shared what I viewed LIVE for the 4 days - you can see the complete schedule/instructors, along with all the information - register here.  




...learning at my own pace. 😊

- Emily


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July 7, 2021 - 6:23 am
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It's a shame that such great events are held online. I would love to be at one in person.


July 7, 2021 - 12:03 pm
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@Joestar -

Welcome to the forum! 

Attending the Concerts and Jams, in person, would've been AWESOME!

For a Festival that's this big, there are some great benefits to being online. 

I was able to have a workshop with an instructor living on the other side of the World! 

AND, there's no way I could've attended all the workshops I wanted to if it was a 'live' event. 

'Fiddle Hell' will be online again in November, but I think the following year they start alternating live/online.

Hope you'll tell us more about yourself here: 

Introduce yourself Thread

I Love Music Smiley- Emily


August 30, 2021 - 5:54 pm
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All you hellions... the november session is open for early bird discount.. heres a link to instructors list



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August 30, 2021 - 6:48 pm
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And in case you missed it, for fellow old folks, there is an additional senior discount!

The old curmudgeon!

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