Traditional Cajun Fiddle: Instruction

Traditional Cajun Fiddle: Instruction

Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz FW08361 / FM 8361

Fiddlers Dewey Balfa (1927–1992) and Tracy Schwarz (b. 1938) demonstrate the various aspects of playing the traditional Cajun fiddle on this instructional album. In their highly informative guide they teach the different parts to Cajun songs, such as “Jolie Blon,” “Perrodin Two Step,” and “Indian of the Stump.” Other tips offered include how to hold the fiddle depending on the player’s dominant hand. Liner notes include separate introductions from each musician, followed by 14 pages of illustrated instruction. Spoken tips heard on the album are transcribed as well.

Year Released 1976
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1976 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Cajun; Music Instruction
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Cajun
Instrument(s) Fiddle
Subject(s) Cajun music; Instructional; Spoken word
Credits

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101 Open Strings of Standard A 440 tuning Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:22
102 Unisons and Octaves in the A chord Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:49
103 Unisons and Octave in the D chord Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:31
104 Doubling the strings in the A chord Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:01
105 Doubling the strings in the D chord Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:37
106 Doubling the strings in the E chord Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:29
107 Line A1, "J'etais au bal hier (au) soir" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:48
108 Line A2, tune #1 Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:29
109 Lines A1 & A2, tune #1 Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:45
110 Line A3, tune #1 Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:28
111 Line A4, tune #1 Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:24
112 Lines A3 & A4, tune #1 Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:43
113 Lines A1 thru A4, tune #1 Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:42
114 Lines A1 thru A4, tune #1, at near normal speed Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:43
115 Line B1, tune #1 Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:36
116 Line B2, tune #1 Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:33
117 Lines B1 & B2, tune #1 Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:52
118 Line B3, tune #1 Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:39
119 Line B4, tune #1 Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:37
120 Lines B3 & B4, tune #1 Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:43
121 Lines B1 thru B4, tune #1, slow Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:50
122 Lines B1 thru B4, tune #1, at near normal speed Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:44
123 Parts A & B, tune #1 Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:53
124 First half, line A1, "Jolie Blon" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:36
125 2nd half, line A1, "Jolie Blon" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:29
126 Whole line A1, "Jolie Blon" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:26
127 1st half, line A2, "Jolie Blon" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:21
128 2nd half, line A2, "Jolie Blon" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:26
129 Whole line A2, "Jolie Blon" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:41
130 Lines A3 & A4, "Jolie Blon" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:03
131 Line B1, "Jolie Blon" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:32
132 Line B2, "Jolie Blon" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:31
201 Jolie Blon - at normal speed with guitar accompaniment Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:04
202 Open Strings of the Lower G Standard Tuning Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:30
203 Octave and Doubling the Strings in the F chord Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:39
204 Key of C tune: "Perrodin Two Step" at slow speed Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:37
205 Introduction to Shuffle Type Bowing Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:16
206 Perrodin Two Step at near normal speed Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:30
207 Perrodin Two Step at normal speed with guitar Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:57
208 Doubling the Strings in the Bb chord (for key of F) Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:01
209 Key of F tune slow: "Grandpa's Waltz" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:44
210 Octave and Doubling in the A chord (for key of D) Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:55
211 Key of D tune slow:"La Valse de Gran Bois" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:59
212 Open Strings of Indian On the Stump Tuning Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:32
213 Octave and Unisons of Indian on the Stump Tuning Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:33
214 Shuffling the Bow for part 3, "Indian on the Stump" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:43
215 Slow version of "Indian on the Stump" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:48
216 Chords for 2nd Fiddle Bassing Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:59
217 Straight Bassing the 2nd fiddle on the "Perrodin Two Step" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:01
218 Rhythm Bow Bassing the 2nd fiddle on the "Perrodin Two Step" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:02
219 Shuffle Bow Bassing the 2nd fiddle on the "Perrodin Two Step" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:53
220 Regular Waltz and Two-Time Waltz: "Gran Mamou" and "Mademoiselle, Quoi Tu Veux Manger?" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:04
221 Straight Bassing the 2nd Fiddle on "Jolie Blon" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:27
222 Rhythm Bow Bassing the 2nd fiddle on "Jolie Blon" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 0:46
223 Shuffle Bow Bassing the 2nd fiddle on "Jolie Blon" Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:05
224 Modern Cajun 2nd fiddle: tune #1, slow, and normal speed Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:13
225 Unknown Title Dewey Balfa and Tracy Schwarz 1:07
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