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NOLA violin/fiddle music...what moves you? Help me out!!

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NOLA violin/fiddle music...what moves you? Help me out!!

OK, so after a lifetime of piano, I'm taking violin lessons at the ripe old age of 43!! This is something I've wanted to do for years, and now my schedule and $$ permits, so YAY!!

I'm getting the basics down, but I'll soon have to make the choice of classical violin or fiddle (zydeco, appalacian, blues...OMG too many choices!). My first love is classical violin, but I want to learn fiddle as well.... my teacher says I need to narrow down my "fiddle" preferences if I'm going to take the hard path and work on both.

I'm finding it hard to choose a fiddle style as I love them all!!

Which of these speaks to you guys?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA4YWOKWri8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC0pmOeYoEo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNaK_nBp2Yc

I just watched each one and without exception I was "Oohh, that's the one" until I heard the next one...Totally different sounds from the same instrument!

I can't choose, so my fiddle lessons will be based on TA votes! It's gotta be better than the "eeny-meeny-miny-moe" process I was previously considering, LOL!

Lewes, Delaware
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1. Re: NOLA violin/fiddle music...what moves you? Help me out!!

cerelife! You are an inspiration!

Im not an expert on music, but I am a great fan. If I had to characterize the first two, I would say the first is Cajun, and the second zydeco. Technically, I can't tell you what the difference is. But what moves me? Both really, depending on my mood, or what mood I think I want to be in.

To me Cajun is is soulful, introspective, maybe lamenting. Sad also comes to mind, but that is a poor choice of wording. Cajun to me recognizes the downside of life, offering hope of a way out.

Zydeco on the other hand, seems to be more of "yeah, things are tough, but I ain't gonna let it bother me tonight!"

And finally, I could be totally wrong.

Bossier City, LA
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2. Re: NOLA violin/fiddle music...what moves you? Help me out!!

Cerelife, wow, I am really, really impressed. Can't help you make a choice though. Between cajun and zydeco I'm in the zydeco camp. Between classical and zydeco I wouldn't know what to do. Have you ever seen Nuttin' But Strings. They came to one of the festivals in Shreveport a few years back. Two brothers who are classically trained at Julliard but now they play jazz/hiphop/rock violin and they are brilliant. You can find them on youtube i'm sure. If you haven't already heard them I think they would be worth you checking them out on youtube.

Edited: 10:21 am, December 21, 2012
Moncton, Canada
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3. Re: NOLA violin/fiddle music...what moves you? Help me out!!

You go girl!!!! I wish I would have learnt to play an instrument, but I guess it's never to late to start.

I say go with the cajun/zydoco fiddle. Both styles are so similar, that I would think you could eventually play either style. And those styles are much more fun at a party. ;)

And just a heads up, we will expect a live performance one day.

Toronto, Canada
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4. Re: NOLA violin/fiddle music...what moves you? Help me out!!

Hey Cerelife! My vote goes to video #3 The Carolina Chocolate drops. I actually liked all of them but #3 spoke to me more than the others! Good luck on your endeavor! You will have to keep us posted : )

Fairfield Ohio
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5. Re: NOLA violin/fiddle music...what moves you? Help me out!!

I really, really like #2!

College Station...
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6. Re: NOLA violin/fiddle music...what moves you? Help me out!!

The is another New Orleans violin style that I'm fond of, somewhere among swing, jazz and Gypsy. One example from some guys we saw at Bacchanal:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLuyD_5XT4g

Chicago, Illinois
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7. Re: NOLA violin/fiddle music...what moves you? Help me out!!

#3 was my favorite.

Check out Lousiana's child prodigy & Cajun fiddler, Amanda Shaw.My son saw her in concert at Rock 'n Bowl a few months ago and said she was AMAZING. (He's a strings player himself.)

http://www.amandashaw.com/fr_home.cfm

Loopwhole, Love your choice!

Edited: 3:28 pm, December 21, 2012
Fairfield Ohio
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8. Re: NOLA violin/fiddle music...what moves you? Help me out!!

Amanda Shaw... isn't she the young girl that was in the Hurricane on the Bayou film? For some reason her name is ringing a bell.

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9. Re: NOLA violin/fiddle music...what moves you? Help me out!!

Cheltie, you are right. It is Amanda Shaw in Hurricane on the Bayou. She is amazing!

College Station...
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10. Re: NOLA violin/fiddle music...what moves you? Help me out!!

Check out the violin accompaniment to this New Orleans vocalist:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqBg1aYYSWY