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Seconding and the Low Parts of Tunes Feb 13, 2019

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed and welcome to my vlog. Today my vlog is going to be about seconding and the lower parts of tunes. So if you listen to Dennis McGee and some of the oldest recordings of Cajun fiddling, they were usually two fiddlers and one fiddle player played either the octave below,...

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Varise Conner Jan 17, 2019

Hi, I'm Mitch Reed. Welcome to my vlog again. It's been a while since I've made a vlog. I've been very busy. I'm a dad again. I have a seven-week-old daughter, so a lot of new stuff going on. I moved up here to Maine and finally settling in up here. I'm surviving the winter. It's about eight...

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Staying Inspired Nov 08, 2018

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Alright. I’m Mitch Reed! Welcome to my vlog. And today my vlog is about my website and I just wanted to let everyone know that for November, I’m having a big Skype marathon and there’s a pretty good deal in it too. If you’re into Skyping, you can get three Skype...

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Roots From North Africa Oct 22, 2018

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed and my vlog today is going to be on the North African roots that we have in Cajun and Creole music. I wanted to start off playing a little tune from Mali. I always hear so many things out of Mali that remind me of the Creole music from Lawtell, Louisiana called LaLa...

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Connecting Fiddle Cultures Oct 15, 2018

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed and welcome to my vlog. My vlog today is on connections with the Acadian people up in Northern Maine. I’m living up here in Maine now and playing Cajun music but also studying New England fiddling and Acadian fiddling. And I learned my first Acadian tune. So thank...

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Connecting Acadian Cultures & Bois Sec Stories Sep 19, 2018

Hi, I'm Mitch Reed. Welcome to my vlog and my vlog this week is on the connection that I’m making up here living in Maine with the Acadians in the Northern part of the state. So this past weekend I just went up to Caribou, Maine and Fort Kent, which is right on the New Brunswick border,...

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Segura Brothers Sep 05, 2018

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Alright! That was a tune by the Segura Brothers, two brothers from Delcambre, Louisiana. What was interesting about these guys is they were really some of the first guys to record on 78s, just after Allons a Lafayette was recorded in 1929. So there were two brothers. Eddie played the...

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Stories About The Lake Arthur Stomp Jun 28, 2018

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed. Welcome to my vlog. Today my vlog is on a tune called The Lake Arthur Stomp. When I started playing fiddle, I was about 14 years old and I started going to Marc Savoy’s jam on Saturday mornings and there weren’t many young fiddle players at the time. There...

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A Trip to New England Jun 11, 2018

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed and my vlog this week is on the connection with the Acadian and the New England fiddle styles with Cajun and Creole music down here. I just recently took a trip up to Maine and hung out with some great fiddlers up there and also went to this amazing organization called...

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Tunes I’m Into This week May 06, 2018

[00:01] Alright! That was called La Valse de Prairie Ronde, a tune that I learned from listening to the recordings of Adam and Cyprien Landreneau from Mamou, Louisiana. So from the little community Prairie Ronde, not too far from there. And they sing a lot about the little communities on the...

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Playing Tunes in Third Position Apr 25, 2018

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed. And today my vlog is going to be on the third position on the fiddle in Cajun music. So what you find in Cajun music is a lot of times on the B parts, the fiddle would go to third position and play the B part high. Now we’re talking back in the 1920s and 1930s...

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Rare Cajun and Creole Cross-Tunes Apr 17, 2018

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed and I’m doing a vlog. My vlog today is on rare tunes, and cross-tuning because I really feel like cross-tuning is something that we’ve lost and I want to try to keep it alive. It makes tunes sound great and, of course, it’s a fiddle thing. The accordion...

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