Arranging for string band is woefully underrated. Most string band arrangements are plain vanilla. Everybody plays at the same time from beginning to end. The purpose of flavorful arranging is, as Joe Walsh says, “to stave off boredom.”
Fiddling enjoyment has been on my mind from the first days of beginning to teach. I would always advise a beginner to find a tune they liked to play. Then, play that one first. As in, “Life is short. Eat dessert first.” But, how to get there as soon as possible. Here is a story as an example.
The topic of fiddle intonation reminds me of a time, back in the 1980’s, when I put on an event with other string players at a local venue, Boatyard Village. We had an idea for a themed concert. We called it “Dawg Jam.” We played some David Grisman pieces and other fiddle tunes.
As we got done with … Read more