Learning Old-Time Fiddle Appalachian Style with Alan Jabbour:
10 Easy Pieces, an Interview, and Tune Transcriptions.
Below is the release announcement for Learning Old-Time Fiddle Appalachian Style with Alan Jabbour
including a list of the tracks taught on the tape:
home of fiddler Donna Hébert. Marsha Schoeffler, who is both a professional videographer and a fiddler, videotaped it,
and Donna and Marsha produced and edited the final product. It is published by In the Groove Workshops and is
available in both DVD and VHS form. In the only review thus far, Stacy Phillips praised it in the current issue of Fiddler
Magazine, Vol. 10, No. 2, p. 58.
I teach ten tunes on the tape. The video segments for the first six tunes include discussion of key Appalachian bowing
patterns and other stylistic issues. I play the tunes up-to-speed, slow, and at a medium tempo to make the notes, bowings,
and ornaments easier to follow. Much of the time the video shows both the main camera angle and a boxed separate
camera angle, to help viewers catch intricate bowing patterns from two perspectives. Then the video presents four tunes
taught to workshop participants using cross-tunings. One piece, "Old Joe Clark," appears in standard tuning, then later in
cross-tuning, so I suppose the "ten easy pieces" are really just nine. All this consumes a little less than an hour, and the
tape concludes with a half-hour interview of me by Donna Hébert on various subjects relating to the art of fiddling. Here
are the contents:
Old Joe Clark
West Virginia Highway
Over the Waterfall
Old Joe Clark
The enclosed booklet also includes transcriptions of all the tunes with bowing patterns marked.
It has been a privilege working with Donna Hébert and Marsha Schoeffler, who are professionals in both videography and
fiddling. I can promise (or should warn) that this is not a carefully scripted and rehearsed instructional video of the sort
one encounters elsewhere. It was shot and is edited like a documentary, and one gets essentially unfiltered segments of
me doing what I normally do in lectures and workshops around the country. The video does not gear itself to teaching
fiddle basics. It presumes that the user has the basics and wants to learn more about bowing patterns and other stylistic
mysteries of Appalachian fiddling.