A Winning Contest Fiddle Round Part One: Dusty Miller

Contest-style fiddling in many ways represents the apex of traditional folk music. It demands of its practitioners a technical command of the violin on par with all but the most pyrotechnical classical repertory, and it requires a keen sense of melodic invention and...

A Winning Contest Fiddle Round Part Two: Flat Creek Waltz

Part one of this three-part series (Winter 2005/2006) introduced the art of contest fiddling in general and the three-tune contest fiddle round consisting of a breakdown (or hoedown), a waltz, and a tune of choice [something other than a breakdown or waltz (most...

A Winning Contest Fiddle Round: Part Three Cotton Patch Rag

The final installment in our three-part series on contest fiddling offers “Cotton Patch Rag” as a “tune of choice.” By way of review, a typical competition requires a breakdown (or hoedown), a waltz, and a tune of choice in each of the elimination and final rounds...