Minnesota Fiddlers

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.

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Click here to see the SloJammer music repository

Upcoming SloJammer dates:

​​South of the River (SOTR) Jam

Thursday December 13 (6pm. - 8pm)

Rosemount Library

14395 S Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068
click here for google map

South of the River (SOTR) Jam

Thursday Jan 10, 2019 (6p.m.-8p.m.)

Westcott Library

​1340 Wescott Rd, Eagan, MN 55123
here for google map

Slojammers Jam

Saturday, January 12 (2 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Ridgedale Library

12601 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka, 55305

click here for google map

Theme: Recently composed fiddle tunes!

Bring your favourite new fiddle tune.

Plain Blaine northern Jam (PBnJ)

Saturday, January 26th (2p.m. - 4:30pm)

Johnsville Library 

12461 Oak Park Blvd NE, Blaine 55434

​click here for google map

South of the River (SOTR) Jam

Thursday Jan 31, 2019 (6pm. - 8p.m.)

Rosemount Library

14395 S Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068

click here for google map

Annual Meeting of MSFA

Saturday Feb 2nd, 2019 (11am - 1:30pm)

Ridgedale Library

just before the jam listed below:

Learn an Irish-set for St. Patricks day
Saturday February 2nd, 2019 (2 p.m. -5 p.m.)​
Ridgedale Library Room 172​
12601 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55305
here for google maps link​

South of the River (SOTR) Jam

Thursday Feb 14, 2019 (6 pm - 8 pm)

Westcott Library

1340 Westcott Rd, Eagan, MN 55123

click here for google map

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: 

Kettlescrubber, 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 .

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!