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.

Upcoming SloJammer dates:

March 4 - March 6

MBOTMA Winter Weekend

 Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West Hotel

3131 Campus Drive

Plymouth, Minnesota

Click here for map

The following are sponsored by the Minnesota State Fiddlers Association:
Saturday, March 5th Old Time Dance Hall Workshops between 9:30 - 10:30
Harmony and Rhythm for Fiddlers-

John Wallace will teach basic harmony (double stops) and old time bowing techniques for beginning/intermediate fiddlers. 
also on Saturday, March 5th Old Time Dance Hall Workshops between 9:30 - 10:30  
Fiddle Jamming Made Easy  

If you are a beginning fiddle player, or would like to improve your confidence in a jam, Mary Pat Kleven will teach a few simple tunes and techniques that will help you make the most of your jamming experience. 
Saturday, March 5th Old Time Dance Hall Workshops between 10:45 - 11:30  

Fiddle Tunes
Beginning and Intermediate fiddlers are welcome to learn a few fun Old Time tunes. 

Taught by John Wallace and Mary Pat Kleven

Friday, April 1, 2016

Celtic Junction

Details to be announced

Saturday May 7, 2016

2:00PM - 5:00PM

Location awaiting confirmation

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