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 […]
In addition to being actively involved in the fiddling community, I spent sixteen years teaching communication at the University of Colorado at Denver and Metropolitan State College of Denver. Although I have somewhat adapted this article for this specific setting, the following consists of the course lecture I developed and presented to speech students concerning […]
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.