Violinist's Guide to Scottish Fiddling (Book + Online Video)
30550M
Designed for violinists who have never fiddled in the Scottish style or for anyone who would simply like to brush up on their "Scottishness", this guide discusses ornamentations and their applications, bowing styles, rhythmic issues and stylistic interpretations. It covers five basic types of tunes: airs, marches, jigs, reels and strathspeys, as well as Scottish fiddle history and regional styles. Accompanying video clips demonstrated by former U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, Melinda Crawford, sho ...more
Product Number:
30550M
Format:
Book + Online Video
Skill Level:
Beginning-Intermediate
Notation Type:
Standard Notation
Pages:
68
Binding:
Saddle Stitched
Size:
8.75 x 11.75
ISBN13:
978-07866-9851-6
Publisher:
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published:
3/24/2017
Designed for violinists who have never fiddled in the Scottish style or for anyone who would simply like to brush up on their "Scottishness", this guide discusses ornamentations and their applications, bowing styles, rhythmic issues and stylistic interpretations. It covers five basic types of tunes: airs, marches, jigs, reels and strathspeys, as well as Scottish fiddle history and regional styles. Accompanying video clips demonstrated by former U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, Melinda Crawford, show how to execute all of the different techniques and how to perform more than 44 full-length traditional Scottish fiddle tunes. Transcriptions of the tunes are included within the guide. Includes access to online video.
Violinist's Guide to Scottish Fiddling

Part I Foreword................................................................................................................................................4
About this Guide....................................................................................................................................5
Part II A (Very) Brief History of Scottish Fiddling...........................................................................................6
Historical Timeline.................................................................................................................................7
Part III Before Getting Started...........................................................................................................................8
Part IV Airs and Ornaments...............................................................................................................................9
Left-Hand Ornaments..................................................................................................................10
Hammer-Ons .......................................................................................................................10
The Crunch...........................................................................................................................12
The Pull-Off ........................................................................................................................13
The Tap.................................................................................................................................14
Combination Ornaments......................................................................................................15
Phrasing........................................................................................................................................20
Part V Marches................................................................................................................................................23
Additional Ornaments: Unison and Turn.....................................................................................24
Part VI Dance Music........................................................................................................................................27
Jigs...............................................................................................................................................27
Reels.............................................................................................................................................30
Bowings...............................................................................................................................31
The Birl................................................................................................................................37
Strathspeys...................................................................................................................................40
West Highland......................................................................................................................40
Northeast .............................................................................................................................42
16th-Note Runs ...................................................................................................................43
Triplets.................................................................................................................................45
The Up-Driven Bow.............................................................................................................47
Part VII Answer Section....................................................................................................................................49
Part VIII Full Tunes from Excerpts That Are Not Included in the Text ............................................................58
Part IX Appendix A – Additional Listening.....................................................................................................60
Appendix B – Suggested Music Resources.........................................................................................61
Appendix C – Map of Scotland—The Regions and Regional Fiddle Styles.......................................62
Part X Tune Index...........................................................................................................................................63
Topical Index........................................................................................................................................64
Part XI About the Author..................................................................................................................................65
 
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