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Playing Since: 1980
Experience Level: Purty Good
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I have a Strad copy from Grandpa. I also have a fiddle that was made for me by Deborah-Helen Viator in Eunice, LA, which is my "tuned-down" Cajun fiddle. My first fiddle (which I still have & is still my best) is one that I payed only $150 for in 1980. The tone is balanced all the way across, but sounds particularly rich in the bass. The story I like to tell about it is that Mike Seeger once offered to buy it off me.
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I like anybody that plays Old-time and Cajun. Favorites include Kenny Jackson of the Rhythm Rats, Double Decker String Band, Rafe Stefanini, Clyde Davenport, Tommy Jarrell, Charlie Bowman, Al Hopkins & His Bucklebusters (aka The Hillbillies), Melvin Wine, Ernie Carpenter and Chirps Smith.
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Last Visit 6/19/2013
I started as a classical player, but was able to drop that bad habit. (My 13 yr. old niece is a budding violinist, but she says classical music is boring. I sense an opportunity here.) Anyhow, it took a few years to stop reading music. Going to Augusta in Elkins, WV and taking a class with Gerry Milnes was eye-opening. Over the years I just kept going to workshops where I'd meet teachers & other fiddlers and I'd learn a few things every time & rekindle the excitement that I feel every time I pick up a fiddle.