Fiddles – Saturday September 9

Mass Appeal – Fiddles
St. Norbert Farmers’ Market
Saturday September 9
Rehearsal: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Concert: 11:30 am – 12:00 noon

Fiddles at St. Norbert Farmers’ Market

We’re thrilled to bring back another of last year’s most popular Mass Appeal events. On Saturday September 9th, join the throngs of fiddlers who will regal shoppers and spectators alike with the truly Canadian sounds of the fiddle. Last year we had close to 50 players and we’re hoping that this year’s event will be just as popular.

Once again we have joined forces with Manitoba Fiddle Association Hall of Fame member Patti Kusturok to lead things. A former Canadian Junior Champion, she has also won 6 Manitoba Championships, 3 Grand North American Championships, and she was the first woman in the history of Canada and the very first person from Western Canada to win the prestigious Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship. Find out more about Patti at her website, www.pattikusturok.com. Joining Patti will be the versatile and amazing accompanist Jeremy Rusu.

Here’s a video of Patti and Jeremy when they were featured at TedX Manitoba a few years ago.

Patti will lead a rehearsal from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, followed by a concert from 11:30 to 12:00 noon in the centre of the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market. She has chosen pieces with easy and more challenging parts, so read on to find out how you can be a part of it! To participate as a player, download the songs below and practice them on your own. If you’re a beginner, pay close attention to Patti’s notes so you know what you play and how to hold your bow. Participants are asked to bring:

– a music stand
– a chair
– sheet music
– clothes pegs to hold your music if it’s windy

Mass Appeal Fiddles repertoire:

Don’t Stop Believing
Hallelujah
Joe Cormier
Kicking Horse
Memory’s Lane
Ontario Swing / Bowing the Strings
Terra Sher
Val’s Dream
The Old Carleton Trail
Road To Boston
Red River Jig & Big John McNeil

Patti Says: Hello Fiddlers!

I’m Patti Kusturok and I’ve compiled a half-hour’s worth of tunes for us to play at this great event.  I’ve arranged the tunes in such a way that even raw beginners who have only been playing for a short time can join in.

When learning violin or fiddle, (they’re the same instrument – did you know that?) the hardest thing to master is the bow hold.  I’ve found quite a good video which illustrates a decent hold here. What you want to remember is that the arm should NOT move from the elbow up, only from the elbow down, and that your wrist should be fluid and not stiff.  There should not be a death grip on either the fiddle or the bow.  RELAX!!!

If you have stands, bring them, and ideally with something to keep your music from flying away in case of high winds.  Clothespins, putting the music in a binder with page protectors…. all great ideas!

The tunes that I have chosen are all quite popular in the fiddle world.  Violins 1 and 2 are usually melody and harmony, while violin 3 is most often the beginner option.  I’d highly recommend choosing a part and learning it before the big day.  If you’re proficient, maybe learn 2 parts and then you’re able to float around if needed.  Here’s the list, in order, with some explanation:

Don’t Stop Believing

Patti’s sheet music download – Don’t Stop Believing – Fiddle 1
Patti’s sheet music download – Don’t Stop Believing – Fiddle 2
Patti’s sheet music download – Don’t Stop Believing – Fiddle 3
Patti’s sheet music download – Don’t Stop Believing – Fiddle 4
Don’t Stop Believing – Full Score

Hallelujah

Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Hallelujah Fiddle 1
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Hallelujah Fiddle 2
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Hallelujah Fiddle 3
Hallelujah – Full Score

Joe Cormier

Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Joe Cormier – Fiddle 1
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Joe Cormier – Fiddle 2
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Joe Cormier – Fiddle 3
Joe Cormier – Full Score

Kicking Horse

Listen to Kicking Horse:

Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Kicking Horse – Fiddle 1
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Kicking Horse – Fiddle 2
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Kicking Horse – Fiddle 3
Kicking Horse – Full Score

Memory’s Lane

Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Memory’s Lane – Violin I
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Memory’s Lane – Violin II
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Memory’s Lane – Violin III
Memory’s Lane – Full Score

Ontario Swing / Bowing the String

Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Ontario Swing and Bowing The Strings Violin 1
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Ontario Swing and Bowing The Strings Violin 2
Ontario Swing and Bowing The Strings – Full Score

Terra Sher

Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Terra Sher Violin 1
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Terra Sher Violin 2
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Terra Sher Violin 3
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Terra Sher Violin 4
Terra Sher – Full Score

Val’s Dream

Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Val’s Dream – Fiddle 1
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Val’s Dream – Fiddle 2
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Val’s Dream – Fiddle 3
Val’s Dream – Full Score

Old Carleton Trail

Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Old Carleton Trail Beginning lines
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Old Carleton Trail – Violin 1
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Old Carleton Trail – Violin 2
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Old Carleton Trail – Violin 3
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Old Carleton Trail – Violin 4
Old Carleton Trail – Full Score

Road to Boston

Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Road To Boston Violin 1
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Road To Boston Violin 2
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Road To Boston Violin 3
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Road To Boston Violin 4
Road To Boston – Full Score

Red River Jig & Big John McNeil

Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Red River Jig & Big John McNeil – Fiddle 1
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Red River Jig & Big John McNeil – Fiddle 2
Patti’s Sheet Music Download – Red River Jig & Big John McNeil – Fiddle 3
Red River Jig and Big John McNeil – Full Score

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