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:


South Of The River SloJam
Thursday, June 21 6pm-8pm
Robert Trail Library
14395 S Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068
here for directions

South Of The River SloJam
Thursday, July 5 6pm-8pm
Westcott Library
1340 Wescott Rd, Eagan, MN 55123
here for directions

South Of The River SloJam
Thursday, July 19 6pm-8pm
Farquar Lake Park, Apple Valley, MN
here for directions

South Of The River Slojam

Thursday, Aug 2

Westcott Library

1340 Westcott Rd, Eagan, MN 55123

click here for directions

South Of The River Slojam

Thursday, Aug 16

Robert Trail Library

14395 S Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068

click here for directions

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