Exploring Folk Fiddle

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This practical, down-to-earth, and in-depth instruction book covers all aspects of folk violin technique. The book is centered on Irish traditional music but also looks into the playing styles of England, Scotland, Scandinavia, East European and much more. Exploring a wide variety of technical aspects including ornamentation, modes and scales, scordatura, improvisation and composition, the book is accompanied by a CD of all pieces performed by Chris Haigh on violin with a live backing band. Ideal for the budding folk musician, or classical player looking for something a little different!

Review by Marilyn Russell

At first I thought the music was mostly celtic by nature, but the more I got into this book, the more I discovered.

I was delighted to find that many different styles and traditions were covered.

There is something in this book for every fiddler, no matter what level they may be at.

The music and notes are well set out and easy to understand throughout the book.

The sound tracks on the CD give a good representation of the music in the book, although I did find it clumsy to have one lot of music in audio files to play on CD and another lot of violin solo music in MP3 format, which didn’t play on my CD.

Reading some history snippets of the origins of tune types as well as some background information of some of the tunes was interesting. It covered the origins of tune types as well as some history points on individual songs.

It was informative to read that a simple tune with lyrics when played without the lyrics over the years becomes purely a fiddle tune and is likely to evolve into something almost unrecognisable from the original.

The book looks at traditional tunes from all over the world and has sound files to listen to as well as reading the technical information associated with styles and individual songs.

The book covers alternative tunings, licks, intros and endings. It touches on composition, Q & A formats, improvisation and variations.

It also gives reference and examples of Double stops, upper and lower string drones and some ornamentations.

In summary this book gives an introduction to different styles and traditions, but also allows insight to be able to get a good feel for the styles in the event that you want to delve deeper into study.

This is a book that has hours of instruction and interesting articles and will be visited many times on my bookshelf.

There is something for fiddle players of all levels.

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 28 July, 2014.


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