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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Upcoming SloJammer dates:
March 4 - March 6
MBOTMA Winter Weekend
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West Hotel
3131 Campus Drive
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
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
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:
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