Thursday, June 26, 2008

About Fiddling

Dabrah of Fickle Muse has asked a good question, one that puzzles many, including me not all that long ago. It's about the difference between a fiddle and a violin.

Well, the instrument is exactly the same. It's the style of play that's different. Fiddlers play jigs and reels and hornpipes and such: frequently, though not always, at great pace. Violinists play in symphony orchestras etc. That's an incomplete answer, but I think it gives one the general idea. I think we all recognize fiddling when we hear it, but here are two clip of Natalie McMaster, Canada's most famous fiddler. We have tons of great fiddlers but she's the one who everybody knows. In he first, she plays at the Hollywood Bowl. In the second she demonstrates a song at a fiddling school.



4 comments:

KGMom said...
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KGMom said...

It's all in how you play it?
Well, puts me in mind of writing--prose and poetry both use words--it's all in how you play them!

KGMom said...

Sorry about the "comment deleted"--that was me. Oh, really--that was BLOGGER--decided to get snippy and not post, so I hit POST again. Well, you can guess the rest--got TWO identical comments. So, I deleted the one.

womaninawindow said...

You know, I just finally got the difference this year.