If you’re looking for an inexpensive, yet comprehensive practice system designed to super-boost your skills and repertoire, then A Festival of Violin & Fiddle Styles will provide you with a golden pass into the musical imagination of the world.
The book includes practice techniques, 30 tunes with backing tracks and tune demos, video tutorials and juicy tidbits of wisdom from some of the top players in the world, including Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Mark Wood, Rachel Barton Pine, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Abby Newton, Aly Bain, Andrea Beaton, Beth Bahia Cohen, Chris Haigh, Dave Reiner, Calvin Vollrath, Joe Deninzon, Jason Anick, Jeremy Cohen, Katie Glassman, Andrea Hoag, Melinda Crawford, Don Roy, Paul Anastasio, Roby Lakatos, Tom Morley, Vicki Richards, Sam Bardfeld, and Yale Strom.
Styles include Old-Time, Bluegrass, Cajun, Franco-American, Western Swing, Blues, Swing, Pop/Rock, Irish, Scottish, Shetland Islands, Cape Breton, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Klezmer, Roma, Calentano, Galician, Afro-Cuban, Tango, Swedish, Bollywood, Québécois, and Métis.
Julie Lyonn Lieberman has been opening doors and windows for string players to fly through since the time that few knew those openings even existed. Her generosity and ability to organize large amounts of information is remarkable, and we string players of the world are the beneficiaries. —Darol Anger, multi-genre fiddler, composer and performer
Julie Lyonn Lieberman has been teaching, performing and making fiddle music accessible and beautiful for decades. This new book is a high point of her work, and a great entree into a variety of styles that fiddlers will find enlightening. —Bruce Molsky, old-time fiddler, banjo player, guitarist, and singer
Julie Lyonn Lieberman has put together a wonderfully comprehensive overview of American and world styles. She has been on the forefront of our string industry for almost forty years! She is a respected musician and author of many powerful books on this topic and continues to lead us into the wonderful exploration of the multiple opportunities for music on a bowed instrument. Rock on, Julie! You are a treasure to our world! —Mark Wood, Emmy award-winning composer and innovator, electric strings
Julie is one of the stars of the multi-genre string pedagogy world. Her new book is a brilliant all-in-one primer that answers all the questions you have and many you didn’t even know about. It’s sure to whet your appetite for more exploration into the amazing versatility of your bowed string instrument. Brava! —Rachel Barton Pine, concert violinist, recording artist
Playing multiple styles helps sensitize you to the alluring nuances of specific styles—from bowing patterns and accents to ornaments and variations, from repertoire and great historical performances to unwritten rules and expectations. Sure, it can be a challenge, but it’s a fun and worthwhile challenge, and A Festival of Violin & Fiddle Styles provides a lexicon of techniques and tunes. —Dave Reiner, Founder, Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Festival
As a string player and contractor in NY for over two decades, I can testify that there is a growing demand for string players who can improvise, are familiar with many popular styles, and can play both acoustic and electric. Julie’s book is an extremely valuable tool for players who want to expand their musical skill set as well as their career opportunities! — Joe Deninzon, Rock and Jazz Violinist