What's the difference between a violin and a fiddle?
A fiddle is a violin with attitude!
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.
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Click here to see the SloJammer music repository
Upcoming SloJammer dates:
The Ridgedale Library is closed due to construction.
So, we will be meeting at some alternative venues in the interim.
South Of The River (SOTR) Jam
Thursday, May 25th, 2017 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Rosemount Library - Rosemount
click here for map
Don't forget Smitys Amateur Fiddlers Contest
June 23, 2017 in Big Lake, MN
click here for more information.
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:
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
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