Seconding at a Cajun Jam Jan 20, 2017

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed, welcome to my vlog. Today I’m going to talk about going to a jam and being able to bring your fiddle and play chords behind the accordion, the singer, and all that stuff. So basically, how to second at a Cajun jam, the things to think about, and what to look for....

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Fi Fi Poncho Jan 13, 2017

Hi today, I'm going to break down Fi Fi Poncho, a great old-time fiddle tune, Cajun two-step. And I'm going to try something new. I put some tape on my fingerboard. I put tape for the first finger so that's where my first finger is always going to go. Second finger, third finger, and I'm not...

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Using Tape on Your Fingerboard Jan 11, 2017

Hi! Welcome to my vlog…and my vlog this week is going to be on, “Should I have tape on my fiddle or not?” This is a question I hear a lot and this is what I usually say to people is if you’re a total beginner, if you just got a fiddle, you’ve never played fiddle...

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Tuning Your Fiddle in Winter Jan 08, 2017

Hi! Welcome to my vlog. Today I wanted to discuss a couple of things about fiddle maintenance. We are in the beginning part of January and in Southwest Louisiana we have a lot of cold fronts that come through but it gets hot then cold, hot and cold, and recently a lot of my students have been...

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Double-Time Bowing Dec 30, 2016

Hi, today on my vlog I’m going to talk about double bowing for Cajun waltzes. What I mean by that is using this rhythm [00:10]. I’ll slow it down a little bit [00:18]

So some of the old-time tunes that were recorded like in the ’30s and the ’20s, some of the fiddlers used...

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The Differences Between Fiddle and Violin Dec 22, 2016

Hi! Today on my vlog I’m going to talk a little bit about something a lot of people ask me about, questions about, and it’s the difference between violin and fiddle. So I thought I would give it a try. I’m not a violinist, I’m a fiddler. I did study classical music though...

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Cajunized Holiday Tunes Dec 06, 2016

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed…welcome to my vlog! This week I am going to talk about how you can take some Christmas songs and give them a Cajun flavor.

So, very oftentimes, I don’t know if this has happened to you yet, but you might bring your fiddle to a Christmas party this time of...

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The Music of Bretagne and Poitou Nov 14, 2016

Hi! I’m Mitch Reed and today on my vlog I’m going to talk a little bit about the music from Brittany and Poitou. I’m very lucky to have some friends from Brittany who taught me a couple of fiddle tunes that I thought were really interesting and I just want to talk a little...

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Cajun & Creole Polkas Nov 07, 2016

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed and today my vlog is on the Cajun & Creole polka. Definitely a type of dance that has died out down here in Louisiana. I don’t know anybody who can dance the Cajun polka or Creole polka. But it definitely was played and the old people that were recorded playing...

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How to Practice Cajun & Creole Seconding Oct 25, 2016

Hi…Welcome to my vlog today! I’m going to talk about how to practice seconding. I get this question a lot and the thing about being a Cajun fiddler is you have to be really good at what we call seconding or playing chords.[00:18]

But you also have to learn the melodies and be able...

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Playing Two Strings at a Time Oct 07, 2016

Hi…Welcome to The Vlog! Today I’m going to talk about droning or double stops. Double stops are when you play two strings at the same time on a violin or a fiddle. When you catch an open string along the other string that you’re playing, we call it droning…almost like a...

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Learning to Play by Ear Oct 07, 2016

Hi, welcome to The Vlog! This week I’m going to talk about playing by ear. I’ve had a lot of people over the years as long as I’ve been teaching always asking, “How can I learn to play by ear?”, “I want to be able to play by ear,” and “It’s...

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