Minnesota Fiddlers

On Sept 26, 2015

Larry Ungar and Audrey Knuth taught us a couple of tunes:

Sweet Briar (click here to hear it)

Echo Summit (click here to hear it)

Both tunes are compositions of Larry Ungar.

What's the difference between a violin and a fiddle?

A fiddle is a violin with attitude!

MSFA SloJammers

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.

Click here to be on the email notification list.

Click here to see the SloJammer music repository

Upcoming SloJammer dates:

Saturday, Feb 25th, 2017

The first meeting of  the (yet to be named) Northern Contingent of the Minnesota Slojammers

1 p.m. till 3:30 p.m.

Johnsville Library (Anoka County)
12461 Oak Park Blvd NE
Blaine,MN 55434

click here for map

Saturday March 4


Crown Plaza Hotel,

3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN 55441

MSFA Workshops, 9:30 – 10:30 Double Stops and Bowing Techniques, John Wallace

10:30 – 11:30 Upper Midwest Tunes, including Elmo Wick Project tunes, Don Jacques, Pamela Longtine and Dick Kimmel, Old Time Dance Hall

Friday March 17th

First Congregational Church,
220 W Main Street, Cannon Falls, MN 55009

7 p.m. - till the leprechauns return to the mountains

St. Patrick's Day Concert and Irish Slojam Session

Aye, there shall be snacks, but no spirits. Bring your instruments!

Saturday, March 18th, 2017
The second meeting of  the (yet to be named) Northern Contingent of the Minnesota Slojammers
2 p.m. till 4:30 p.m.
Johnsville Library (Anoka County)
12461 Oak Park Blvd NE
Blaine,MN 55434

Saturday, April 1st, 2017
Ridgedale Library

MFSA Board Meeting: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
SloJam 2:00 - 4:30 p.m

Minnesota Fiddle Tunes Project

The MSFA SloJammers have transcribed and are still learning the tunes from the Minnesota Fiddle Tunes CD project.

Click here access the sheet music to the Minnesota Fiddle Tunes.

The transcribed tunes include the following favourites:


Flop-Eared Mule

Minnesota Waltz

Swedish Schottische

Dick Halverson's Waltz

Sherburne's Polka

Reinlender etter Ringnesen

Rangers Waltz

Medley - Old Red Barn/Steamboat Quickstep (Uncle Jim's)

Knute's Waltz

The Girl I Left Behind Me

Stoltman's Dad's Waltz

Click here to get a copy of the CD.

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.

Click here to see Anabel Sanford Wirt teaching Steamboat Quickstep and Red Barn Jig