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Fiddlin' Around - Mark & Maggie O'Connor (Official Video)

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http://www.youtube.com/user/MarkOConnor Mark and Maggie O'Connor - from the cd "Duo" http://www.oconnormethod.com "Fiddlin' Around" composed by Johnny Gimble, arr. by Mark O'Connor Mark O'Connor - Violin Maggie O'Connor - Violin Video Directed by Forrest O'Connor Assisted by Jim Shirey "Fiddlin’ Around" Fiddlin’ Around was composed in the Western Swing or Texas Swing style that began in the 1920s incorporating old-time fiddling, ragtime, Jazz and Ranchero. Prominent fiddlers were featured with Bob Wills and other Western Swing bands but none more gifted and successful than Johnny Gimble. Johnny wrote Fiddlin’ Around in 1961. The use of double-stops employing swing rhythm, hyperextensions of the 4th finger in the double-stop chording, as well as the double-stop augmented passage, are some of the most challenging aspects of the music. Perhaps the most challenging though is “scat singing” while playing violin. Musical motifs, arpeggio fragments and rhythms are sung using a variety of improvised syllables and vowel sounds. Johnny Gimble employed this musical proficiency often in performances and recordings including the duet recording with myself on my Heroes album of 1992. Much of the two-violin ensemble as well as the improvised solos, interplay and the vocal scat/fiddle unison section from that album was used for this duo version of Fiddlin’ Around. -Mark O'Connor Music from the cd "Duo" and sheet music available in - O'Connor Method Book V and "Seven Violin Duos") "A New American School of String Playing" Album notes writer Professor Péter Kováts, a Bartok-Pasztory Award winner violinist from Hungary, compared Mark O’Connor’s duo compositions/arrangements to those of classical composer great Bela Bartok; “The roots of Mark O’Connor's compositions are in the traditional American fiddling styles, and I am sure his unique and excellent settings will serve the same goal that Bela Bartók’s Duos serve. Being a concert violinist and university violin pedagogue, I welcome the birth of these fantastic O’Connor Duos and wish great success for them!” The O'Connor Method for violin, viola, cello and orchestra. Music from United States, Mexico, Latin American and Canada. American Classical Music, Hoedowns, Blues, Spirituals, Ragtime, Jazz, Bach, Baroque, Hymns, Bluegrass, Folk Songs, Rock, Ranchero, Jigs, Choros, modern compositions and much more. Technique, Solo, Ensemble, String Orchestra, Classics, Creativity, Improvisation, Cultural Diversity, Music of different eras, Individual expression. 500 hundred years of music for the violin and strings that creates relevance to the 21st century. The O'Connor Method - Students of all ages, Teachers, Studios, Community Schools, Public Schools, Private Schools and Summer Camps - http://www.oconnormethod.com O'Connor Method Book V and additional materials are available exclusively through SharMusic.com Playlist created by The O'Connor Method on YouTube. Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL30538F811506AE84&feature=mh_lolz For more information: Mark O'Connor: http://www.markoconnor.com Maggie O'Connor: http://www.maggieoconnorviolin.com For More YouTubes of O'Connor music: http://www.youtube.com/user/MarkOConnor https://twitter.com/#!/markoconnor35 https://twitter.com/maggieoconnor08 http://www.facebook.com/markoconnorfanpage https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maggie-OConnor/438538866227369 Mark and Maggie use D'Addario Strings Thanks to violin maker Lukas Wronski for the use of his violins. *Filmed at Johnny Utah's in New York City. Jim Shirey plays the bartender in the video.