Cowboy Waltz With a Dropped E Sep 21, 2017

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed. Welcome to my vlog and on my vlog this week I’m going to talk about how you can play the Cowboy Waltz, an old-time fiddle tune, and you can play it in the old-time tuning which is where you drop the E string. So I’m tuned Cajun. Normally a Cajun fiddle is...

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Eraste Carrière’s Mazurka Breakdown Sep 14, 2017

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed and my vlog this week is on Bébé’s brother, his name was Eraste Carriére. And he had a mazurka that he used to play on the accordion, and just thought it was a neat tune. So I thought it would be fun to play it and then break it down, slowly....

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The Same but Different Jul 20, 2017

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed and my vlog this week is on the same tune played differently. So I’m going to start with the tune, this is called the Durald Waltz and it was made famous by Iry LeJeune and then through my good friend Chad Huval. He sent me a version of Wade Frugé playing...

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Calvin Carrière Jun 04, 2017

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed, welcome to my vlog! And my vlog this week is on going to visit Calvin Carriére. Just started thinking about that, how special that was for me; an opportunity to go study with a legendary Creole fiddle player from Lawtell. Calvin was the nephew of...

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How to Practice Seconding by Yourself May 28, 2017

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed and my vlog today is on how to practice seconding by yourself on the fiddle. Seconding is what the Cajuns call when you play chords behind a melody. So when you’re backing up the accordion, or another fiddle, or the vocals, you would second or some people call it...

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The Right Bow at the Right Time May 10, 2017

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed. Welcome to my vlog and today I’m going to talk about bows. And I thought what would be interesting to talk about bows is how bows are all different; some are heavy, some are light. I own four bows and they’re really all different. It’s kind of like...

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Wallace “Cheese” Read Medley Breakdown May 02, 2017

Hi! I’m Mitch Reed. My vlog this week is on the legendary Cajun fiddler Cheese Read from Mamou, Louisiana, and he’s a distant cousin of mine, and the Reads were Scotch-Irish people who came down to Louisiana during the Spanish Land Grants. A lot of Scotch Irish came down at that time...

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Cajun & Creole Blues Apr 13, 2017

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed…welcome to my vlog! And my vlog this week is on Creole and Cajun blueses. Really old-timey blueses going back to maybe the 1920s, 30s, played by Dennis McGee and by Douglas Bellard, people like that.

So the first one I was going to play was a blues that I heard...

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Cajun & Creole One-Steps Apr 02, 2017

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed. Welcome to my vlog and my vlog this week is on Cajun & Creole one-steps. The two one-steps that I’d like to play you right now is a little medley of one-steps that Canray Fontenot played. So these are Creole one-steps. They’re pretty funky, and I thought...

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The Forgotten Cross Tuning Traditions of Cajuns & Creoles Mar 13, 2017

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed…welcome to my vlog! My vlog this week is on cross-tuning, tunes, and players. I just want to talk a little bit about that. It’s a tradition that we used to have down here that we’ve pretty much lost; not quite sure why. Maybe because the fiddle seconds...

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Saute Crapaud and Cajun Jigs Mar 01, 2017

Hi, I'm Mitch Reed, and welcome to my vlog. It is the 1st of March, and I am thinking about St. Patrick's Day already. And I thought this would be fun to maybe play one of the few Cajun jigs that we have. A jig is a type of dance tune that's in six-eight. we have one in Cajun music and it's...

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How to Practice Quietly Feb 03, 2017

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed, welcome to my vlog. today I’m going to talk about how to practice quietly. Not something that I like doing, but you do have moments and times where you want to practice but there’s people in the house or maybe you’re staying in a hotel, maybe you get...

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