Cajun & Creole Contradances Sep 23, 2016

Sounds like I live in Manhattan or something. We’ve got all kinds of outside sounds of big machines rolling on the streets of Scott, Louisiana; trying to fix it up after the flood. Basically, we got some new water drains and we’re going to get some sidewalks so we’ll be able to...

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CelticFest Mississippi Sep 15, 2016

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed, and welcome to my Vlog. Today I wanna talk about my weekend, I think. So I’m also in a project band called Celjun. What we do is we mix Celtic music with Cajun music, Irish music, even some Appalachian music. But I love it because it really shows the origins of...

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Octaves Sep 06, 2016

Hi! I’m Mitch Reed. Welcome to my fiddle vlog. Today I’m gonna talk about a little exercise that you can work on for your octaves because octaves are used a lot in Cajun fiddle. I’ll give you an example of some tunes that have heavy octaves and then show you how you can...

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Shuffle Bowing Aug 16, 2016

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed. Welcome to The Vlog! Today I’m gonna talk about the shuffle bowing. It’s a bowing you find in American fiddle music all over the country: Appalachia, New England, Mid West, Texas fiddling, and Cajun fiddling as well.

What I mean by the shuffle bowing is just...

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Cajun & Creole Fiddle 101 Jul 28, 2016

Hi! I thought I would like to give a quick tutorial on the Cajun fiddle and how to get those Cajun sounds, Creole sounds. So I’m gonna just kind of give a brief little instruction tutorial on those things.

One of the first things I’ll have to start with is that if you’re...

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Loving Your Fiddle Jul 19, 2016

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed…Welcome to The Vlog! Today I thought I would talk a little bit about something that I get a lot of questions about. Doesn’t have a whole lot to do with actually playing the fiddle but it’s just keeping up your fiddle.

Sometimes you might notice when...

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Clean It up! Jul 14, 2016

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed…Welcome to The Vlog! Today I’m going to talk about really just trying to get a clean sound.

I’m actually a big fan of this guy on YouTube. He goes by the name FiddleHed and I think he’s a great teacher, a great beginner teacher, and this vlog is...

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Cajun & Creole Blues Jul 01, 2016

Hi! I’m Mitch Reed. My vlog this week is on Cajun and Creole Blues.  I just wanted to talk a little bit about the origins of that. Some of the people I was lucky to study with: Wade Frugé, Canray Fontenot, Dennis McGee, those people. Definitely, there was a mixture, Creole and...

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Allons à Appalachia Jun 24, 2016

Hi, I’m Mitch Reed…welcome to my Vlog! Today I wanted to tell a little bit of a story about what I just finished doing. I went on a trip with Michael Doucet and David Doucet. We went to Appalachia and we got together with a guy named Chester McMillan and he was Tommy Jarrell’s...

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Ornamentation in Cajun & Creole Music Jun 17, 2016

Hi! I’m Mitch Reed and welcome to my vlog. Today I’m going to talk about ornamentation in Cajun music. So, the decoration that you add to a tune once you’ve learned the notes. So you can take a tune that’s real simple, maybe we’ll do that, we’ll take… I...

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The Lost Tunes May 27, 2016

Hi! Welcome. My name is Mitch Reed and I’m gonna talk a little bit about what I call The Lost Tunes. The reason I’m bringing this up is I was gonna break down some tunes this week on my website. I have tunes you just don’t hear that much about and one of them is Galop which is...

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Top 10 Cajun Albums May 13, 2016

Hey! How’s it going today? I’m Mitch Reed and I thought it would be fun to talk today about the top ten Cajun records that have really influenced me on the fiddle. These are the top ten recordings that I have found a lot of inspiration to listen to and that I feel that helped me...

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