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Playing Since: 1979
Experience Level: Expert/Professional
Occupation: Free-Lance violin and teacher
classical violin, and attempting to fiddle
Liz Carroll, Eileen Ivers, Natalie MacMaster, Mark O'Connor
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Saturday, September 03, 2011 @12:51:14 PM
I'm thinking of doing my FIRST EVER fiddle contest, and I wanted some input on what selections would be best. The rules are the typical rules: 1 Hoedown, 1 Waltz, and 1 Free Choice, non-hoedown. There is no trick fiddling or cross-tuning allowed.
Question: Is it best to play the SAME OLD war horses, or would it win points to play something lesser known?
I want to play the waltz by my friend, Larry Unger, called "Judy and Jim's Wedding"....it's AWESOME, and would be something little known and new.
I was thinking of playing the Drunken Billy Goat as a lesser known tune, but I can't even tell if that's a hoedown or not!!! It doesn't seem like one to me. I was also thinking about Catharsis, by Amy Cann, because I can really get cookin' on it, but it almost seems to me that would count against me, because it's so NON-traditional.
Difficulty doesn't concern me, because the contest isn't for 2.5 months, plenty of time to practice.
I would truly appreciate input from you all! --Lora
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