To Swing or Not to Swing

To Swing the Eights or Not

I was confronted by the issue of swing the eighths or not when I attended the first Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp. In a session led by Liz Carroll, I started playing Ships Are Sailing with a pronounced swing, just as I had many times before. Liz stopped me and said, “Oh, Elan, you don’t swing the eighths on a … Read more

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My Experience of the Mike Block String Camp

When I applied to the MBSC Apprentice Track (AT) of the Mike Block String Camp, I really did not know what to expect. All I knew was that the music experience was learning-by-ear based.

That turned out to be so true. There were no charts or sheet music anywhere. Everyone relied on recording the session with Read more

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Fiddling with the Culture Code

Daniel Coyle and Fiddling

As I prepare for going to the Mike Block String Camp, I have one recommendation for summer reading to leave with you. I’m about 2/3rds the way through The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle, and I’m getting so much out of it, I have to write this now.

If you are…

in a band or hope to be someday,Read more

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