An Introduction to Folk Styles, Technique and Improvisation
|Musical Editions||Music lesson book, online playback|
|Scope||208 pages; 23 × 30.5 cm|
|Producer No.||ED 13460D|
At first glance, folk might seem so simple it's hardly worth bothering with. The tunes are often no more than 32 bars long, they stay in first position, and they don't even have a composer. However, it's what's NOT written on the page that makes folk fiddle so interesting and challenging.This book attempts to explore, from general observation down to the finest detail, what the fiddler needs to know to bring these tunes alive.
We need to understand their history and context, their purpose, their structure and pulse. And we need to be able to add all the stylistic elements that come not from reading the music, but from years of immersion in folk music, both listening and playing. Key areas covered include: