The Octave Drop in Fiddling

The Octave Drop Transposition for Fiddle Tunes

Bag of Spuds is the most recent tune I’ve learned to play with an octave drop. I heard it many times on Lost in the Loop, a Liz Carrol album. She seques from Drunken Sailor Hornpipe into Bag of Spuds and plays it on the G and D strings with a gutsy, growly sound.

When I decided … Read more

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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 MBSC

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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