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Country Fiddle Playing Style and Sound

Country fiddle is played throughout North America, but it has developed over time to be a distinctly American style. It began with the early settlers who found that violins were portable and rugged enough to survive the trip west.

The genre originated from Irish and Scottish fiddle music as well as Classical Violin. Over time those styles Americanized with local variations developing in the Northern and Southern colonies. In contemporary American fiddle styles, the New England states were heavily influenced by Celtic styles, including Cape Breton fiddle-playing; whereas Southern or "Dixie" fiddle styles tended to develop their own traditions, which emphasize double stops and in some instances the incorporation of dance calls or simple lyrics.

Texas Swing fiddle evolved as an interesting amalgamtion of two distinctly American genres and lends itself to the “twin fiddle” sound that emerged in the early and mid 20th century.

Bluegrass also emerged mid century and bluegrass fiddlers are among the most technically skilled musicans in any style rivaling jazz musicians for speed and accuracy.

Country Fiddle playing generally avoids vibrato except for occasional slow tempo pieces and even then uses only minimal vibrato, often using double stops and open tunings.. Shorter bow strokes are also consistent with the fiddle players' tendency to use less legato and more detache bow strokes.

Since country was traditionally played in smaller ensembles without drums, country fiddlers often play rhythm parts by “sawing” and “chopping” with the bow when not carrying the melodic line. They also employ cross bowing techniques (Orange Blossom Special) to add counter rhythm drive.

Characteristics of Country Fiddle:

  • Sliding into notes and using minimal vibrato

  • Rhythmic sawing and chopping when accompanying singers or other instruments

  • Dragging strings adjacent to the melody note and using double stops

Free Country Fiddle Loops and Samples

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