To help understand the difference between Texas Style fiddling and other styles, the following consists of an email conversation I had with Tom Weisgerber where we attempted to explain the relationship between Texas Style fiddlers and their guitar players. Along the way, we also delved into some of the actual mechanics of the guitar style […]
“Fiddler” magazine graciously gave us permission to post a copy of their insightful article about bow holds from the Fall 2011 issue. Complete with photos, the article follows and supplements our expanding series of posts addressing the fundamentals and mechanics of fiddling. Hold On! A Look at Bow Holds in Traditional Fiddling By Charels Faurot […]
Fiddle Contests are a Life-Long, Small Muscle, Participatory Sport! Parents of kids playing in fiddle contests: I urge you to learn to play rhythm guitar so you can play music with them on or off the stage. Fiddle contests are a life-long, small muscle, participatory sport. Unlike large-muscle organized sports run by adults who permit […]
I received my Master of Humanities graduate degree in the spring of 1994, a course of study I chose because it allowed me to combine the disciplines of Communication and Music Business. By the early nineties, it seemed clear that Texas Style Fiddling was no longer confined to Texas itself but was spreading to other […]
The term “Fiddlebot” was created by a group of Chris’ teenage fiddle students who understood and practiced creativity when playing music in jam sessions and during fiddle contests. Unfortunately, they often placed behind other contestants who they considered to be technicians instead of musicians. Meaning, a technician could only produce an overly practiced, memorized, and relatively short version of a small list of songs designed for use in fiddle contests, while musicians had a large song list and actively sought to vary the length and breadth of any song performed during a jam session, fiddle contest, or other performance.