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  1. Hello Friends at Maestronet- I’d like to invite you to our 10th Annual Fiddle Hell Gathering at the Westford Regency, Westford, Massachusetts, USA, Nov. 7-9, 2014. An overview of Fiddle Hell 2014 is at http://www.reinerfam...troduction.html There will be a full schedule of over 130 hands-on workshops and jams at http://www.reinerfam...l-schedule.html Rates are very low for the weekend (with discounts for kids and seniors) and you can also just pay for a single day. Prepaid admissions for the entire weekend are $90 or less. Parking is free and plentiful. You can stay at the Regency in discounted rooms ($99/night plus tax), or commute locally. We'll have 3x the space compared to last year! Our fiddle staff includes 28 excellent traditional players who are also great teachers: Alan Kaufman, Andy Reiner, Barbara McOwen, Bob Alessio, Cathy Mason, Charlie Walden, Clayton March, Dave Reiner, David Kaynor, Ed Pearlman, Ellen Carlson, Eric Favreau, George Fowler, Jason Anick, Jenna Moynihan, John Chambers, John Lamencusa, Laurie Hart, Lissa Schneckenberger, Mark Simos, Matt Glaser, Matt McConeghy, Michelle Kaminsky, Pete Anick, Serena Eades, Shana Aisenberg, Terri Lukacko, and Tom Morley. If you come from the classical tradition, here's a chance to try fiddling in a friendly and supportive environment. There will be various fiddle styles represented, including New England, Irish, bluegrass, Southern oldtime, Scottish, Cape Breton, French Canadian, Swedish, swing, gypsy, Cajun, Texas and Western Swing. Classes are for beginners (but not absolute novices), advancing beginners, intermediates, and advanced players. The Saturday Night Concert is on Nov. 8th, 7:00-9:30PM, also at the Westford Regency (free if you’re at Fiddle Hell; walk-ins $15). It will be followed by a free contra dance. Our 52 Fiddle Hell Common Tunes are listed at http://www.reinerfam...-tune-list.html , and we have recorded them on a 2-CD set, played both fast and slow. This 2-CD set is just $15 postpaid at http://www.reinerfam....com/store.html . It’s a great way to prepare for the jams at Fiddle Hell, and to improve your learning by ear. On Facebook, the 2014 event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1382687611951944 and the Fiddle Hell Massachusetts group is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/fiddlehellmassachusetts . I really hope to see you at Fiddle Hell this year! Dave Reiner
  2. Hello Fiddling Friends at Maestronet- I’d like to invite you to our 9th Annual Fiddle Hell Gathering at the Colonial Inn and Scout House in Concord, Massachusetts, Nov. 8-10, 2013. An overview of Fiddle Hell 2013 is at http://www.reinerfam...troduction.html There's a full schedule of over 100 hands-on workshops and jams at http://www.reinerfam...l-schedule.html Rates are low for the weekend or a single day, and parking is free. Our fiddle staff includes 22 excellent traditional players who are also great teachers: Alan Kaufman, Andy Reiner, Barbara McOwen, Bob Alessio, Clayton March, Dave Reiner, David Kaynor, Ed Pearlman, Ellen Carlson, George Fowler, John Chambers, Julie Metcalf, Laurie Hart, Mark Simos, Matt Glaser, Matt McConeghy, Paul Harty, Pete Anick, Serena Eades, Stacy Phillips, Terri Lukacko, Tom Morley. If you come from the classical tradition, here's a chance to try fiddling in a supportive environment. There will be various fiddle styles represented, including New England, Irish, bluegrass, Southern oldtime, Scottish, Cape Breton, French Canadian, Swedish, swing, gypsy, Cajun, Texas and Western Swing. The Saturday Night Concert is on Nov. 9th, 7:00-9:00PM, at the nearby Concord Scout House (free if you’re at Fiddle Hell; walk-ins $15). It will be followed by a contra dance. Our 52 Fiddle Hell Common Tunes are listed at http://www.reinerfam...-tune-list.html , and we have recorded them on a 2-CD set, played both fast and slow. This 2-CD set is just $15 postpaid at http://www.reinerfam....com/store.html . It’s a great way to prepare for the jams at Fiddle Hell, and to improve your learning by ear. I really hope to see you at Fiddle Hell this year! Dave Reiner
  3. Hello Fiddling Friends at Maestronet- I’d like to invite you to our 8th Annual Fiddle Hell Gathering at the Colonial Inn and Masonic Lodge in Concord, Massachusetts, Nov. 2-4, 2012. An overview of Fiddle Hell 2012 is at http://www.reinerfam...troduction.html There's a full schedule of over 150 hands-on workshops and jams at http://www.reinerfam...l-schedule.html That’s twice as many sessions as last year! Our fiddle staff includes 20 excellent traditional players who are also great teachers: Alan Kaufman, Andy Reiner, Anne Hooper, Becky Tracy, Bob Alessio, Clayton March, Dave Reiner, David Kaynor, Ellen Carlson, George Keith, Hanneke Cassel, Jason Anick, Julie Metcalf, Mark Simos, Matt Glaser, Matt McConeghy, Michelle Kaminsky, Stacy Phillips, and Terri Lukačko. There will be various fiddle styles represented, including New England, Irish, bluegrass, Southern oldtime, Scottish, Cape Breton, French Canadian, Swedish, swing, gypsy, Cajun, Texas and Western Swing. The Friday Night Concert is on Nov. 2nd, 7:30-9:30PM, at the Masonic Lodge across the street (free if you’re at Fiddle Hell; walk-ins $10), featuring Andy Reiner, Becky Tracy, Dave Reiner, David Kaynor, Hanneke Cassel, Jason Anick, Matt Glaser, and Stacy Phillips. Our 52 Fiddle Hell Common Tunes are listed at http://www.reinerfam...-tune-list.html , and we have recorded them on a 2-CD set, played both fast and slow. This 2-CD set is just $15 postpaid at http://www.reinerfam....com/store.html . It’s a great way to prepare for the jams at Fiddle Hell, and to improve your learning by ear. I really hope to see you at Fiddle Hell this year! Dave Reiner
  4. The Old Groton Inn burned down on August 2, 2011, fortunately with no injuries. The new venue for Fiddle Hell Massachusetts is the Colonial Inn in Concord, MA. Dave
  5. What: Fiddle Hell is an informal gathering of fiddlers to meet, jam, learn, and have fun. The invention of the late, great fiddler Dale Hopkins, Fiddle Hell occurs periodically in fun locations worldwide. Prior Fiddle Hells have occurred in the US, the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany. The term "Fiddle Hell" refers to the Saturday night portion of the program when all the fiddlers play tunes together. Last year (2010), we had 200+ musicians, mostly fiddlers, at the sixth Massachusetts Fiddle Hell, including fiddlers from 13 states and 4 foreign countries! This amazing gathering starts at 5PM on Friday and goes until 6PM on Sunday. There will be lots of different fiddle styles represented at Fiddle Hell, by fiddlers with a variety of experience, which makes it all the more interesting. Last year, we played and heard New England, Irish, Scottish, Southern, bluegrass, swing, Texas, Scandinavian, blues, and French-Canadian styles. The only "optional but encouraged" requirements are: (1) to play a tune of your choice for the group on Saturday night; and (2) to play along with the group (on the tunes you know) when we play the common tunes together. Fiddle Hell is loosely sponsored by the Fiddle and Alternative Strings Forum and the Fiddle Hangout. At these websites, you'll find discussions, event listings, and other resources; you can join for free and read about past and future Fiddle Hell meetings. Where & when:The Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, in Concord, Massachusetts, 01742 (phone 978-369-9200), a beautiful old New England inn built in 1716, about a half hour west of Boston. Pre-Fiddle-Hell Workshops will be Friday (Nov. 4), 9:30AM-5PM. Fiddle Hell itself will be Friday (Nov. 4) from 5PM to midnight or later, Saturday(Nov. 5) from 9AM to midnight or later, and Sunday (Nov. 6) from 9AM to 6PM. Come join us for a single day or the whole weekend. If you're coming from far, come early or stay on -- there's lots to do and see in the Concord area. Lodging: The Colonial Inn has great rooms if you'd like to stay over. Prices are reduced for Fiddle Hell attendees, of course. Single or double rooms in the Prescott Wing are $115/night plus tax. The Inn also has "Historic Rooms" at $145/night plus tax. All rooms include continental breakfast. To make reservations for 2011, call 978-369-9200 or 800-370-9200 and ask for the Fiddle Hell discount. Book your room now to be sure! There's lots of free parking at the Inn and nearby. Note: If you had previously booked a room at the Old Groton Inn, call Vicki at 978-448-5614 or email oldeinn1678@yahoo.com to ask for a refund of your deposit. If you had previously booked a room at the Westford Regency Inn, we suggest you cancel that reservation by calling 800-543-780, and then rebook at the Colonial Inn, so you can stay right on site at Fiddle Hell. Food: For Fiddle Hell attendees, buffet lunch and buffet dinner will be available on Saturday, and buffet lunch on Sunday, at reasonable rates. Alternatively, the Colonial Inn has two fine restaurants, one casual and one traditional, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Activities: The Inn has large and medium sized meeting rooms with comfortable chairs, and we'll also be using some of the rooms across the street at the Masonic Lodge for the largest gatherings and workshops. During the weekend, we'll be able to split out into many simultaneous jams in smaller rooms and hallways throughout the Inn and in the bar (which has a piano). We already have several very interesting workshops planned, on bowing shuffles, playing backup on fiddle, chop bowing, free improvisation, left hand technique, hot licks, bluegrass fiddling, oldtime fiddling, Swedish fiddling, contradance fiddling, learning Orange Blossom Special, and fiddling for kids. We've also set up jams in particular styles, like Oldtime Southern, Irish, Cape Breton / Scottish, Cajun, Scandinavian, Klezmer, and Western Swing. There will be half-speed tune workshops Friday night and early Saturday to prepare for the common tunes on Saturday night. The Inn's bar has a nice ambiance and excellent choices of craft beers on tap. Under-age fiddlers may attend Fiddle Hell, but obviously can't drink alcohol. We will be inviting selected local players (fiddlers and otherwise) to join in the jams. Various violin vendors will have their wares on display - try them out! And we'll have bow rehairing, minor fiddle repairs and tweaking on the spot. Free giveaways worth more than $1000 on Saturday night and Sunday at 12:50PM from D'Addario, CodaBow, FiddlePics (great vintage photos of fiddlers!) and from Dave Reiner. More giveaways to be added shortly. Here are directions if you're local. The nearest airports are Boston, MA and Manchester, NH. There are several trains and buses to Concord. Cabs are available, but there are various sharing and pickup options available. Perhaps someone local will offer to help with an airport pickup, or give a ride from the Boston T (subway) stop at Alewife in Cambridge. Questions: Email me or call me at (781)-863-0140, or post to the FH threads on Fiddle Forum with any questions. More info on my website at my website, including schedule, common tunes list, and jamming guidelines. Classically trained? Why not give fiddling a try? Dave Reiner and Andy Reiner, Fiddle Hell Co-directors
  6. There is definitely a lot of interest in 5-stringers these days, from the groups you mention and also from "world" players. I scheduled a 5-string fiddle show-and-play session at Fiddle Hell Massachusetts at 7PM Saturday night (FHM is Nov 13-15, 2009, in Groton, MA), and I know you'll be there for that! Regards, Dave Reiner www.reinerfamilyband.com/fiddlehellmassac.html P.S. Now playing Marmaduke's HP, thanks to your session last year
  7. Any opinions by people who looked at or tried lot 139, a bow by Sartory? The combination of worn stick, later frog, and lift behind head probably destroy its value to a collector, but what about to a player? Dave
  8. On this topic, I have an amazing fiddle made from matchsticks and popsicle sticks by a prisoner in Kentucky. He called it a "Voodoo Fiddle," with interesting inlays and a bridge in the shape of a lizard. I posted some photos on my homepage over at the Fiddle Hangout (http://www.fiddlehangout.com/myhangout/photos.asp?id=385). Dave
  9. Just in case you need a few more reasons to join us for the upcoming Nov. 14-16 weekend in Groton, MA Saturday night, Nov 15th: Free Coda bow giveaway (high-end Diamond SX model, retail value $575) to one lucky fiddler who is present, thanks to the Codabow company! Free violin case giveaway thanks to Michael Richwine of Kansas City Strings! Fiddle bottle giveaways to youngest fiddler present, oldest fiddler present, and fiddler who has traveled from farthest away. Previous winners ineligible. Sunday 1PM, Nov. 16th: Free Bobelock violin case giveaway (new model 4002, retail value $200) to one lucky fiddler who is present, thanks to the Bobelock company! Free Engels fiddle stand giveaway thanks to Michael Richwine of Kansas City Strings! Dave www.reinerfamilyband.com/fiddlehellmassac.html
  10. I'd say fiddle solo rather than violin solo is what you're likely looking for. You should be able to find plenty of versions played by bluegrass / oldtime bands on iTunes or other online sources. The two pdfs above are not quite representative, since the first is for two fiddle parts, and the second is the unadorned melody. Fiddlers tend to play great double stops on this tune; my band does it in D rather than C. Regards, Dave
  11. What: Fiddle Hell is a free, informal gathering of fiddlers to meet, jam, learn, and have fun. The invention of the late, great fiddler Dale Hopkins, Fiddle Hell occurs periodically in fun locations worldwide. Prior Fiddle Hells have occurred in the US, the UK, and Germany. The term Fiddle Hell refers to the Saturday night portion of the program when all the fiddlers play a few tunes in unison. Last year, during the weekend of Nov 2-4, 2007, we had 110+ musicians, mostly fiddlers, at the third Massachusetts Fiddle Hell, including fiddlers from 10 states and 4 foreign countries! There is no registration process -- fiddlers can just show up when they like. We have very limited space for non-fiddlers; please contact me first. We do need to pay the Inn for the space, and we have various other expenses, so we'd appreciate a donation of $20 or so when you're there, if you can afford it. There will be lots of different styles represented at Fiddle Hell, by fiddlers with a variety of experience, which makes it all the more interesting. Last year, we played and heard New England, Irish, bluegrass, swing, Texas. Scottish, Southern and French-Canadian styles. The only "optional but encouraged" requirements are: (1) to play a tune of your choice for the group on Saturday night; and (2) to play along with the group (on the tunes you know) when we all play the same tunes together. Fiddle Hell is loosely sponsored by the Fiddle and Alternative Strings Forum. At this website, you'll find discussions, event listings, and other resources; you can join for free and read about past and future Fiddle Hell meetings. Where & when:The Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, in Concord, Massachusetts, 01742 (phone 978-369-9200), a beautiful old New England inn built in 1716, about a half hour west of Boston. Pre-Fiddle-Hell Workshops will be Friday (Nov. 4), 9:30AM-5PM. Fiddle Hell itself will be Friday (Nov. 4) from 5PM to midnight or later, Saturday(Nov. 5) from 9AM to midnight or later, and Sunday (Nov. 6) from 9AM to 6PM. Come join us for a single day or the whole weekend. If you're coming from far, come early or stay on -- there's lots to do and see in the Concord area. Lodging: The Colonial Inn has great rooms if you'd like to stay over. Prices are reduced for Fiddle Hell attendees, of course. Single or double rooms in the Prescott Wing are $115/night plus tax. The Inn also has "Historic Rooms" at $145/night plus tax. All rooms include continental breakfast. To make reservations for 2011, call 978-369-9200 or 800-370-9200 and ask for the Fiddle Hell discount. Book your room now to be sure! There's lots of free parking at the Inn and nearby. Note: If you had previously booked a room at the Old Groton Inn, call Vicki at 978-448-5614 or email oldeinn1678@yahoo.com to ask for a refund of your deposit. If you had previously booked a room at the Westford Regency Inn, we suggest you cancel that reservation by calling 800-543-780, and then rebook at the Colonial Inn, so you can stay right on site at Fiddle Hell. Food: For Fiddle Hell attendees, buffet lunch and buffet dinner will be available on Saturday, and buffet lunch on Sunday, at reasonable rates. Alternatively, the Colonial Inn has two fine restaurants, one casual and one traditional, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Activities: The Inn has large and medium sized meeting rooms with comfortable chairs, and we'll also be using some of the rooms across the street at the Masonic Lodge for the largest gatherings and workshops. During the weekend, we'll be able to split out into many simultaneous jams in smaller rooms and hallways throughout the Inn and in the bar (which has a piano). We already have several very interesting workshops planned, on bowing shuffles, playing backup on fiddle, chop bowing, free improvisation, left hand technique, hot licks, bluegrass fiddling, oldtime fiddling, Swedish fiddling, contradance fiddling, learning Orange Blossom Special, and fiddling for kids. We've also set up jams in particular styles, like Oldtime Southern, Irish, Cape Breton / Scottish, Cajun, Scandinavian, Klezmer, and Western Swing. There will be half-speed tune workshops Friday night and early Saturday to prepare for the common tunes on Saturday night. The Inn's bar has a nice ambiance and excellent choices of craft beers on tap. Under-age fiddlers may attend Fiddle Hell, but obviously can't drink alcohol. We will be inviting selected local players (fiddlers and otherwise) to join in the jams. Various violin vendors will have their wares on display - try them out! And we'll have bow rehairing, minor fiddle repairs and tweaking on the spot. Free giveaways worth more than $1000 on Saturday night and Sunday at 12:50PM from D'Addario, CodaBow, FiddlePics (great vintage photos of fiddlers!) and from Dave Reiner. More giveaways to be added shortly. Here are directions if you're local. The nearest airports are Boston, MA and Manchester, NH. There are several trains and buses to Concord. Cabs are available, but there are various sharing and pickup options available. Perhaps someone local will offer to help with an airport pickup, or give a ride from the Boston T (subway) stop at Alewife in Cambridge. Questions: Email me or call me at (781)-863-0140, or post to the FH threads on Fiddle Forum with any questions. More info on my website at my website, including schedule, common tunes list, and jamming guidelines. Classically trained? Why not give fiddling a try? Dave Reiner
  12. I wholeheartedly agree with what Bob and Mark and others said, about reasons for AEAE (ringing fiddle, easier double stops, playing an octave down) and about some common cross-tunings. As Don said, this is a very traditional approach in Southern oldtime and various other styles. Eck Robertson played his famous 13-variation version of Sally Gooden in AEAE (recorded in 1922). When I was transcribing cross-tuned fiddle tunes for my book, Oldtime Fiddling Across America, I had to address an interesting question. Do you transcribe as if the fiddle is tuned standard (as Thede did in The Fiddle Book), so that the automatic translation of written notes to fingers is correct, but what's written is not what's sounded? Or do you transcribe as if the fiddle is cross-tuned, so that you're writing the actual sounds produced, and the fiddler has to figure out the fingering? I went for the latter, and added fingerings above the notes to help out. Best, Dave Reiner Leader and dad for the Reiner Family Band Genial host of Fiddle Hell Massachusetts (Nov 14-16, 2008)
  13. You missed it! But Fiddle Hell will return on November 14-16, 2008. Plan to be there! Dave
  14. I'll be teaching a workshop on bluegrass fiddle chording at the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Framingham, MA, at 4PM on Sat Feb 16th. Playing chords helps you construct solo breaks, fill out your sound, play harmonies to another instrument, and back up singers. The festival will sell out soon, info at www.bbu.org Dave Reiner
  15. Two days and counting... Fiddlers are coming from 10 states and two foreign countries. We've added more jams and workshops for different fiddle styles and techniques, including several slow-speed workshops on common tunes, and a kids' workshop on Sunday. If this were an "official" weekend fiddle camp it would cost you $300 or more! We ask for a $20 donation -- if you can afford it. See you there... Dave
  16. The schedule, common tune list, and hints for jamming are now posted online . You don't have to sign up -- just come join us for a few hours or the whole weekend. Dave
  17. What: Fiddle Hell is a free, informal gathering of fiddlers to meet, jam, learn, and have fun. The invention of the late, great fiddler Dale Hopkins, Fiddle Hell occurs periodically in fun locations worldwide. Prior Fiddle Hells have occurred in the US, the UK, and Germany. The term Fiddle Hell refers to the Saturday night portion of the program when all the fiddlers play a few tunes in unison. Last year, during the weekend, we had 110 musicians, mostly fiddlers, at the second Massachusetts Fiddle Hell. In 2007, we expect more, including fiddlers from Texas, Florida, and Europe! How about some more of you out-of-staters flying or driving in? Make your plans now! Pass the word to your fiddling friends! Come for a day or the whole weekend. Last year, we had New England, Irish, bluegrass, swing, Scottish, Texas, Southern & French-Canadian fiddlers. Where & when: The Stagecoach Inn, 128 Main Street, Route 119, in Groton, Massachusetts, 01450 (phone 877-782-4346), a beautiful old country inn about an hour west of Boston. The times are Friday from 6PM to midnight, Saturday from 9AM to midnight, and Sunday from 9AM to 5PM. Come join us for a single day or the whole weekend. If you're coming from far, come early or stay on -- there's lots to do and see in the area. Lodging: The Stagecoach Inn has great rooms if you'd like to stay over. Single or double rooms (2 beds) are about $95/night. The Inn has 17 rooms - let's fill them all! For the Boston area, these prices are quite reasonable. Book your room now to be sure -- ask for Vicki at 877-782-4346 and tell her you're coming to Fiddle Hell. Food: The Stagecoach Inn has a good restaurant for dinner. Lunch will be available there on Saturday, and brunch on Sunday morning, or you can forage elsewhere. Activities: The Inn has several big rooms, and we'll be headquartered in the Grandma Moses room near the restaurant. This will accommodate everybody Saturday night. During the weekend, we'll be able to split out into 3 or 4 simultaneous jams in smaller rooms around the bar and porch. The Inn is charging us for the space, and we have other expenses, so we'll ask for a small donation to help out ($20?). We already have several very interesting workshops planned, on bowing shuffles, chords for fiddle, chunky chop bowing, rags, and fiddling for kids. We've also set up some jams in particular styles, like Oldtime, Scottish, Irish and Western Swing. There will be a half-speed tune workshop early Saturday to prepare for the common tunes on Saturday night. The Inn's bar has a nice ambiance, with a couple of adjacent rooms with tables; this is where the Boston Bluegrass Union has monthly jam sessions. So the Inn is used to dealing with musicians and jam sessions. Usually we get at least 3 jams going on simultaneously with the BBU. Under-age fiddlers may attend this event, but obviously can't drink alcohol. We have invited quite a few selected local players (fiddlers and otherwise) to join in the jams. Getting there: The nearest airports are Boston, MA and Manchester, NH. Cabs are available, but there are various sharing and pickup options available. Questions: Email me or call me (my website has contact info). I have posted the (tentative) schedule of workshops and jams on my website, and also the common tune list for Saturday night. Hope to see you there! Dave Reiner Co-author, Oldtime Fiddling Across America
  18. We've added a couple of workshops and jams (Scottish fiddle, beginning fiddle, and more) to the schedule on my website. See you there this weekend! Dave
  19. Don't be stodgy! Loosen up and join us at Fiddle Hell in Groton, MA, Dec 8-10. The workshops are particularly good at helping classical players understand more about fiddling techniques such as bowing and chording. Dave
  20. What: Fiddle Hell is a free, informal gathering of fiddlers to meet, jam, learn, and have fun. The invention of the late, great fiddler Dale Hopkins, Fiddle Hell occurs periodically in fun locations worldwide. Prior Fiddle Hells have occurred in the US, the UK, and Germany. The term Fiddle Hell refers to the Saturday night portion of the program when all the fiddlers play a few tunes in unison. Last year, during the weekend, we had 35 musicians, mostly fiddlers, at the first Massachusetts Fiddle Hell. In 2006, we expect quite a few more, including fiddlers from Texas, Florida, and Europe! How about some more of you out-of-staters flying or driving in? Make your plans now! Pass the word to your fiddling friends! Come for a day or the whole weekend. Last year, we had New England, Irish, bluegrass, swing, Scottish, Southern & French-Canadian fiddlers. Where & when: The Stagecoach Inn, 128 Main Street, Route 119, in Groton, Massachusetts, 01450 (phone 877-782-4346), a beautiful old country inn about an hour west of Boston. The times are Friday from 6PM to midnight, Saturday from 9AM to midnight, and Sunday from 9AM to 5PM. Come join us for a single day or the whole weekend. If you're coming from far, come early or stay on -- there's lots to do and see in the area. Lodging: The Stagecoach Inn has great rooms if you'd like to stay over. Single or double rooms (2 beds) are about $95/night. The Inn has 17 rooms - let's fill them all! For the Boston area, these prices are quite reasonable. Book your room now to be sure -- ask for Vicki at 877-782-4346 and tell her you're coming to Fiddle Hell. Food: Continental breakfast is included with lodging. The Stagecoach Inn has a good restaurant for dinner. Lunch will be available there on Saturday, and brunch on Sunday morning, or you can forage elsewhere. Activities: The Inn has several big rooms, and we'll be headquartered in the Grandma Moses room near the restaurant. This will accommodate everybody Saturday night. During the weekend, we'll be able to split out into 3 or 4 simultaneous jams in smaller rooms around the bar and porch. The Inn is charging us $200 total for the space, so we'll probably pass the hat each day. I happen to have a decent sound system to provide if needed. We already have several very interesting workshops planned, on bowing shuffles, chords for fiddle, chunky chop bowing, rags, and fiddling for kids. We've also set up some loose jams in particular styles, like Irish and Western Swing. There will be a half-speed tune workshop early Saturday to prepare for the common tunes on Saturday night. The Inn's bar has a nice ambiance, with a couple of adjacent rooms with tables; this is where the Boston Bluegrass Union has monthly jam sessions. So the Inn is used to dealing with musicians and jam sessions. Usually we get at least 3 jams going on simultaneously with the BBU. Under-age fiddlers may attend this event, but obviously can't drink alcohol. We have invited quite a few selected local players (fiddlers and otherwise) to join in the jams. Getting there: Here are directions if you're local. The nearest airports are Boston, MA and Manchester, NH. Cabs are available, but there are various sharing and pickup options available. Perhaps someone local will offer to help with an airport pickup, and I might be able to help out by getting people to Groton from the Boston T (subway) stop at Alewife in Cambridge. Questions: Send me a PM or email me or call me (my website has contact info), or post to the FH threads on Fiddle Forum with any questions. I have posted the (tentative) schedule of workshops and jams on my website, and also the common tune list for Saturday night. Hope to see you there! Dave Reiner
  21. More info at http://www.mugwumps.com/bcn.html This is at Grotonwood, about an hour northwest of Boston, and should be a lot of fun as always. Dave
  22. Stop in for a few hours, a day, or the whole time! Free! There are quite a few local fiddlers coming, as well as some out-of-staters. There will be a bunch of good backup players, too, to bring some balance to the jams. The workshops (such as bowing patterns and chords) will be excellent -- hands-on, with informative handouts. The jams will be the real thing -- bluegrass, old-time, Texas, Irish, swing, Cape Breton, Western Swing, New England, and other styles. The location is great -- a cozy New England Inn on a winter weekend. See you there... Dave Reiner More info at my website: www.reinerfamilyband.com/fiddlehellmassac.html
  23. Some really useful free workshops at Fiddle Hell: Dec 10 11AM: Cool rags for the fiddle workshop (Dave Reiner) 1PM: Extend your reach with 5-string fiddle workshop (Adam Sweet) 2:30PM: Essential bowing patterns & accents workshop (Dave Reiner) 4PM: Incredible chop bowing workshop (Andy Reiner) Dec 11 11AM: Demystifying chords for the fiddle workshop (Dave Reiner)
  24. On Saturday night at Fiddle H e l l, after each fiddler has played a tune for the rest, we'll play some tunes together, and several people have asked what these might be. While there will be many thousands of rare and beautiful tunes played over the 3-day weekend, we're looking for some common tunes that most fiddlers will know. Here are some suggestions to start with -- tunes that are often played by all the fiddlers together after a New England fiddle contest, plus a few more. Some of these are "overplayed," but still can be fun, especially in adding harmonies. We'll likely group tunes into medleys. Reels D Soldier's Joy D Liberty D St. Anne's Reel D Angeline the Baker G Redwing G Golden Slippers G Flowers of Edinburgh A Old Joseph Clark A Devil's Dream A Bile Them Cabbage Down A Red Haired Boy Em Cooley's Reel Em Drowsy Maggie Am Shady Grove Am Cluck Old Hen Am Gravel Walk C Billy in the Lowground C Stone's Rag Jigs G Irish Washerwoman Am Ten Penny Bit Am Coleraine Em Swallowtail Jig Em Road to Lisdoonvarna D Haste to the Wedding D Smash the Windows Waltzes D Ashokan Farewell G Over the Waves A or D Tennessee Waltz D She Bhag She Mhor Note that there are many specific tunes that just don't work in a group, because they have many varying versions, or because the usual style of playing them is as solo breaks (like Texas tunes, bluegrass tunes, swing tunes, etc.). Any suggestions to add to the list? Are you coming to Fiddle H e l l yourself? See the link for more info earlier in this thread... Dave
  25. I'll be teaching a hands-on, one-hour workshop on "Three fiddling secrets!" at the NOMAD festival on 11/5 in New Haven, CT. This will cover bowing, chords, and variations. Dave Reiner See http://www.nomadfest.org for more information