Playing Strathspeys 'properly'

Ian Price

Message 2791 · 19 Oct 1995 16:29:26 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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* Andrew Dewdney responded to an observation of mine concerning the GREAT
VIOLINIST Yehudi Menuhin....

>>it's pure SOUL or lack thereof.

>I would hesitate to suggest he has a lack of soul!!!! You must surely have
>heard him on 'home ground' so to speak?

Not quite my suggestion! I was referring to the specific (Scottish fiddle music)
rather than the general (music). Yehudi Menuhin will never be Yehudi McEwan, as
it were :-)

>It's more a case of don't play whats written, play what feels right. My
>violin teacher had the same problem, you really need to have listened to a
>skilled exponent, and preferaby danced too.

Exactly! As I keep harping on to my group, the written notes serve only as a
framework and as a prompter. The music itself comes from the heart.

I'll try to make my point again:-

The only thing fiddlers and violinists have in common is that they use the same
instrument. In some parts of the world (e.g. Cape Breton, Shetland) they don't
even necessarily hold the damn thing the same way.

[Sorry to resurrect the thread, folks - time to rebury it?]

Regards, Ian

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