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Fiddle Day 2010

by Kimberley McCollum

The second annual “Fiddle Day” was held on Saturday, October 16, 2010, at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland. Music & Arts and Menchey Music generously sponsored the event and had tables of books and materials available for sale. There were 40 participants that included both teachers and students who wanted to learn about different styles of fiddling.

The first workshop was given by Mitch Fanning, who focused on Irish fiddling. We started off by learning the A and B sections of several fiddle tunes by ear. Everyone quickly caught on and we were able to learn some really catchy Irish tunes, including a reel and a hornpipe.

Andrea Hoag, who specializes primarily in Swedish fiddling, gave an interesting workshop that included learning a Norwegian reinlendar called “Johan in the Loft.” We began by singing and dancing to the melody of the tune, which was a great introduction to learning the tune. At the end of Andrea’s session, we were improvising on the notes of the blues scale.

Following lunch, Dorée Huneven presented a workshop on the Mark O’Connor Violin Method, which she has carefully researched and implemented into her private studio. Her presentation focused on several tunes found in Books 1 and 2. Participants played through each of the tunes to experience the range of skills introduced.

Andrea, Doree, Mitch

At the end of the day, we had an informal concert given by Mitch and Andrea where they performed several tunes for us. At the close of the program, they even performed two tunes together, which was a real treat! I think everyone who attended would agree that the day was extremely successful and lots of fun. As chairperson of the event, I would like to thank the committee members, Dorée Huneven, Ale Schneider, Jaque Lyman, and Marion Spahn, who played an integral role in making this happen. We look forward to seeing even more participants next year!

See another photo of Andrea, Dorée, and Mitch on our PHOTO GALLERY page.

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