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Fiddle and Violin Compared in Pop, Classical and Folk Music

Posted by Grassapelli on Thursday, September 9, 2010

With my latest post to the Fiddle and violin blog I am shifting a long held belief about fiddle and violin. Just where this is going, I don't know.

To illustrate my point, if I have one, and that is not certain...

I have embedded a YouTube video of two teen age string students. A violinist and a cellist put together a performance of Super Mario themes.

It is done extremely well. The music shows their classical training and study. But, the spirit is not serious or classical.

Another side of the same question is raised by The Dueling Fiddlers. Two virtuoso violinists are using fiddle techniques and classical training to create rock performances. Again, just extremely well done.

My first reaction was, "Well, that's great, but it isn't fiddling." Now, as I'm seeing more crossover performances, I'm reevaluating my opinion.

2 comments on “Fiddle and Violin Compared in Pop, Classical and Folk Music”

scrubber Says:
Thursday, September 9, 2010 @10:38:12 AM

Hey Elan!

I think your first reaction was right!

So-called 'serious' players aren't exempt from 'having fun' (and I think there can be no doubt that they are)! The end result, however (as I've viewed in your video) is a little too 'stiff' rhythmically (as well as too 'bold' harmonically) to be (IMO) 'bona-fide' fiddlin'...

Can they play CHICKEN REEL with a straight face?


Grassapelli Says:
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @10:02:04 AM

I agree with your observation. Now I'm thinking that there is a third kind of playing that is neither fiddling nor classical. It's pop. And the most accurate term would be pop violin.

Not aware of what pop fiddling would be.

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