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Cajun Fiddle Playing Style and Sound

Cajun music is essentially dance music and this style of fiddle playing is all about bow rhythms that make you want to move. Melodically it is often based on the pentatonic scale with open strings dragged along with the melody notes to fill out the sound and add gumbo. Cajun fiddle bridges the gap between being a rhythm and a melodic instrument.

Cajun style music is emblematic of Louisiana. Even though it was born on the bajou it is actually rooted in the ballads of the French-speaking Acadians of Canada. Cajun music is often associated with the Creole-based and Cajun-influenced Zydeco, both styles also of Acadian origin. These French Louisiana sounds have influenced American popular music for many decades, especially country music.

Cajun Music is an aural tradition dating way back to the conquest of southwest Louisiana by the Acadians after their displacement from Nova Scotia, Canada. It shares influences and repertoire from the Quebec and Cape Breton Island traditions.

Defining characteristics of Cajun Fiddle:

  • Major penatonic frequently used for melody

  • Rhytmic bowing 

  • Dragging adjacent open strings to fill out the sound

Free Cajun Fiddle Loops and Samples

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The Free Cajun Fiddle Loops below were selected from the extensive ViolinLoops Loop Library. All of the ViolinLoops available from our Loop Library are AppleLoops. This means they are high quality AIF and will automatically snap to your session key and tempo settings if you are using Apple Logic or Garage Band.

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Cajun Fiddle Loop - 1

  • A_95_CA_4-1-5-1-SAWING

Cajun Fiddle Loop - 2

  • C_85_CA_4-5-LONG-RIFFAGE

Cajun Fiddle Loop - 3

  • D_107_CA_1-5-1-SAWING

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