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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?




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!

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

I liked number two ...but...I love Tan Benoit ......in other words both would be great. This is so exciting! ENJOY and i can't wait to hear you!

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You guys are GREAT!! Thanks for the words of encouragement and new food for thought....

LOVE Nuttin but Stringz...those guys are amazing and I think it's very cool that they are trying to bring the violin into mainstream music! But since I've just recently progressed to the point that Minou has stopped running from the room with his tail all fuzzed up when I practice; and Chuck has gone from "What the h*ll was that noise?" to "That's sounding pretty good."; I just purely have to admit that those guys are so far out of my league, I'll just enjoy them :)

Great links, Loop! I hadn't even considered that type of music, although I love it....kind of reminded me of a group I really like, the Squirrel Nut Zippers. I added both links to my flashdrive to share with my teacher.

Amanda Shaw...just amazing! Thanks for reminding me etude. This one's going on my flashdrive as well:


BTW, Etude and Den...#3 is probably the one closest to my heart. It's the mountain music I remember hearing as a kid back before there was a TV in either of my grandparent's homes...music and food WERE the entertainment. Back then, bluegrass banjo was king, but I heard a good bit of this stuff as well. I found it very cool that you guys liked it too :)

@kjosker, I know just what you mean...which is why I've always been drawn to the violin. Soul-searching, introspective melodies that can reduce you to tears and "f*ck the dumb sh*t, let's just have a good time" tunes from the same instrument...I've just never felt that from the piano.

But maybe I'm wrong too!:))

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

It's said that a violinist can become a fiddler but a fiddler can't become a violinist.

Do as Amanda Shaw did, she was trained classically to begin with, learn the violin, then all will follow........

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Well if Minou has stopped running you know you must be doing something right Cerelife! Keep up the good work!!!!!

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What an interesting post and discussion! The fiddler in #1 and #2 is Michael Doucet. That's right, it's the same guy in both selections. The Tab Benoit cut has a bluesy, Cajun-inflected fiddle. In the second, the fiddle style is not strictly zydeco but is very Cajun, as well. But clearly, you have good taste!

For Creole fiddle, check out Cedric Watson. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGuvDf3TEYk is good. And D'Jalma Garnier (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rkQ9rzdCNI). D'Jalma teaches and also authored a book of Creole fiddle lessons. You might also search for Canray Fontenot.

In zydeco music, the fiddle is very rare these days. And the style is very similar to Cajun.

For Louisiana swing, you can't beat the Red Stick Ramblers, who are excellent Cajun fiddlers, too.

Love those Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Many of these musicians offer lessons in Louisiana or when they are on the road. Well, not Mr. Canray, who passed a long time ago. Most teach by ear, but some are also classically trained.

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First of all...Happy New Year to everyone!!

And second, sorry...normally I would let this thread die a natural death, but I've worked all weekend and just saw the last few posts.

OMG, Lisbette...Michael Doucet on both?? That's amazing, and he would be my fiddle hero if ONLY you hadn't suggested I search for Cedric Watson...now I'm deeply in love with this track:


MasterJ, you are so right...classical violin is my first love and my lessons are based on the Suzuki method with Bach as a focus since his stuff has always been a fave of mine as a pianist. But I'm never truly happy unless I'm pushing my limits, so my teacher has reluctantly agreed to let me work on both. I have no desire to perform...just amusing myself :)

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