Celtic Fiddle has ancient roots in Ireland with the first account of bowed instruments similar to the violin being in the Book of Leinster (ca. 1160). By the early 1700s the modern violin was ubiquitous in Ireland. Fiddle is one of the most important instruments in all of the traditional repertoire of Celtic music. Even though the fiddle itself is identical to the violin, it is played differently in widely varying regional styles.
Compared to classical violinists, Irish fiddlers tend to make little use of vibrato except for slow airs, and even then it is used sparingly. Like the rest of Irish traditional music, melodies are embellished through forms of ornamentation, such as rolls, trebles, and cuts.
Irish fiddlers also use a vocabulary of bow slurs different from other fiddle traditions. Most notably, fiddlers often slur into the beat to produce a certain lilt, not unlike the Newcastle hornpipe style of bowing in England and Scotland. They may also slur over beats in such a pattern as to create a natural back-beat in reels.
Minor tonality in Celtic Music is often characterized by playing in Dorian Mode (scale off the 2nd degree) rather than the natural minor Aeolian Mode (scale off the 6th degree).
Defining characteristics of Celtic Fiddle:
Minimal use of vibrato
Rapid, percussive and rhtymic bow articulations. Trebles and cuts
Rolls which are note ornamentaions on either side of the melody note
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String players intonate notes precisely while liberally applying vibrato which typically rolls below the intended pitch. This gives ensembles that lush chorus effect.
The defining characteristics of Celtic Fiddle are the rapid, rhythmic bow articulations and rolling note ornamentations on either side of the melody note.
Gypsy Violin often uses harmonic minor or double harmonic minor Byzantine tonalities combined with wider emotive vibrato.
Country Fiddle is unique stylistically because the players often slide into the intended notes. Rhythmic sawing bow paterns give this style it’s characteristic propulsion.
Cajun music is dance music plain and simple. This style is all about bow rhythms and open notes are often dragged along with the melody notes to add gumbo.