Fiddle Gateway

Presenters: Bojan Cvetrežnik, Kathryn Doehner and Barja Drnovšek

Abstract

This presentation aims at acknowledging the vast and rich diversity of European violin folk music and its relevance for a balanced and diverse violin education. By introducing some of the unique educational tools of folk violin traditions such as oral transmission, peer-to-peer learning and jamming we want to explore the benefits that can come with studying the violin with a folk approach alongside the classical or jazz violin educational path. 

In the first edition of the Fiddle Gateway conference that took place in Germany in 2022, a group of folk violinists from across Europe came together to discuss the minimum standard folk repertoire for teaching a certain style of folk music. The focus of discussion was, to introduce the folk styles into established classical and jazz education and to build a more solid basis for a folk violin curriculum that can be used as a point of reference.

Part of the project is to establish a web database of repertoire that enables players across Europe to identify common repertoire and to find out what is the standard folk repertoire for any violin lessons. Another aim is to identify different aspects of the violin technique that can be practiced in an efficient way by playing folk tunes. In this presentation we want to present some of the findings of the Fiddle Gateway conference.


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