Are you a beginning or intermediate fiddle player who wants to learn more about old-time music?
The Minnesota State Fiddlers Association holds a monthly slow jam for fiddlers wanting to learn old-time, Irish, Scandinavian, Canadian, and hey, maybe even a Cajun tune or two. Each month, a MSFA volunteer will teach a tune or two. The rest of the time is spent in a "circle" jam session with the tunes slowed down so that everyone can participate. Fiddlers are encouraged to bring recording devices.
So if you've taken violin lessons and want to try your hand at fiddling or are accomplished in old-time/bluegrass/Irish in another instrument and want to work on your fiddling, come join us.
Guitar, mandolin and other non-fiddle players who want to benefit from the slower tempos to learn how to accompany fiddlers are more than welcome to join us.
Upcoming SloJammer dates
Sunday, May 4
SloJammers Pizza Party & Jam
@ home of Dan and Orpha Radford
1244 90th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
2 - 4 p.m.
Sunday, June 29
SloJammers in conjunction with the Smitty's Amateur Fiddle Contest at Spud Fest, Big Lake, MN
Sunday, July 20
Fiddlin' In the Barn
15885 County Road 122
1 - 4:30 p.m. Potluck dinner follows.
August 23 - 24
State Fair Fiddle Contest
details on State Fair page
The MSFA SloJammers are transcribing and learning the tunes from the Minnesota Fiddle Tunes CD project. To access the sheet music to the Minnesota Fiddle Tunes Google drive folder, click here.
To date, we have transcribed the following:
Dick Halverson's Waltz
Reinlender etter Ringnesen
Medley - Old Red Barn/Steamboat Quickstep (Uncle Jim's)
The Girl I Left Behind Me
Stoltman's Dad's Waltz
Keep checking back, as we will continue to add new transcriptions.
To get a copy of the CD, go to the website: click here.
For videos of many of these tunes, go to YouTube.com and find the “JumpStart Your Fiddle” channel.
You can also “like” the Minnesota State Fiddle Association SloJammers on Facebook to get posts of sheet music, videos and upcoming events and jams.
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