Welcome to the December issue of Fiddle Sessions®!
FiddleSessions® is a monthly online magazine exploring various facets of Fiddle music. Each month, this "webzine" will feature articles by composers, teachers, or performers. Visitors to the site can learn about the featured authors' publications, background, or performance / workshop schedule. A free printable music sample will be included in at least one of the articles each month.
For the last issue of 2009 Miamon Miller returns to continue his exploration of East European fiddle styles. Here the topic is the regional hora, a genre completely unrelated to the more well known Israeli dance of the same name. Listen to the tune under discussion by following Miamon's link to the Web.
Paul Anastasio last of an eight article series discusses how listening can make you a better player. I hope to have Paul return with another batch of essays.
Cassie Weatherill completes her assessment of using fiddle music to teach her cello students.
Finally, we are again fortunate to have the permission of Old Time Herald to reprint an article (from their Fall, 1993 issue) about West Virginia old time fiddler, Uncle Jack McElwain. I want to acknowledge this magazine’s efforts to keep old time music alive and kicking.
by Chris Bartram
Every country in Europe seems to have rediscovered its own vital tradition of fiddle music, except England ... But, English fiddle music forms an important, yet neglected, part of the mosaic of Old and New World fiddle styles...
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