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The Cajun Fiddle

By Craig Duncan

Fiddle - Intermediate
Composed by Craig Duncan. Squareback saddle-stitched, Solos. Cajun-Zydeco. Book/CD Set. 102 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.95383BCD).

Item Number: MB.95383BCD

ISBN 9780786631391. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

Beginning with a section of easy arrangements of popular Cajun tunes, this book progresses to more difficult solos based on the playing of various fiddlers including Dewey Balfa, Michael Doucet, Doug Kershaw, and Rufus Thibodeaux. Cajun stylings, rhythms, double stops, slides, turns and trills, bowings, and tunings are discussed throughout the book. Fiddle and guitar are used in demonstrating the tunes in this book. The recorded versions are played at a slower tempo than typical performance speed to allow the listener to pick out details of the Cajun style. Due to the 1 hour capacity of a CD a few of the tunes in the book had to be omitted from the companion recording included in this package (songs are Eunice Two-Step, J'Ai Vu Le Loup, Je Va T'Aimer Quand-Meme, Johnny Peut Pas Danser, Le Vieux Boeuf Et Le Vieux Charriot, Les Veuves De La Coulee, Ninety-Nine Years Waltz, Quo Faire, Vieux Crowley).

  • Parlez-Nous A Boire (Let's Talk About Drinking)  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • Port Arthur Blues  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • Gran Mamou (Big Mamou) 
  • Je Va T'aimer Quand-Meme (Not On The Cd) 
  • One-Step De Chameau  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • Tolan Waltz  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • Viens Donc Me Rejoindre (Please Come Back To Me)  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • Cajun Stripper  Performed by Rusty Kershaw And Doug Kershaw
  • Les Grand Bois (The Big Drink) 
  • Ma Chere Bebe Creole (My Sweet Creole Baby) 
  • Madeleine  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • Rolling Pin  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • Chere Bassette (Dear Little Woman) 
  • Jolie Blon (Pretty Blond) 
  • J'vai Jouer Celea Pour Toi (I'll Play This One For 
  • La Two-Step A Erby (Erby's Two Step) 
  • Pierrot Grouilette Et Mamselle Josette  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • Valse De Grand-Pere (Grandpa's Waltz)  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • Valse De Marais Bulleur (Waltz Of The Bulleur Swam  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • La Pointe Aux Pins (Piney Point)  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • La Valse Des Bambocheurs (Drunkard's Sorrow Waltz)  Performed by Dewey Balfa
  • Valse Des Platains (Waltz Of The Platains)  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • Allons A Lafayette (Going To Lafayette) 
  • Chez Seychelles (In The Seychelles) 
  • Colinda 
  • Gran Mamou (Two Beat Version) 
  • La Bataille Dans Le Petit Arbre (Little Wild Thing 
  • Basile 
  • Hack A 'Tit Moreau (Cart Of Little Morrow) 
  • O! Bebe! (Oh! Baby!)  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • Quelqun Est Jalous (Someone Is Jealous)  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • J'ai Passe Devant Ta Porte (I Passed In Front Of Y 
  • Lake Arthur Stomp 
  • Ma Jolie 'Tit Christine (My Pretty Little Christin  Performed by Dewey Balfa
  • Quo Faire (Why) (Not On Cd)  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • Happy One-Step 
  • Les Barres De La Prison (The Bars Of The Prison) 
  • Hackberry Hop 
  • La 'Tit Cord (The Little String) 
  • Les Flammes D'enfer (The Flames Of Hell)  Performed by Austin Pitre
  • Jug Au Plombeau (Saddlehorn Jug) 
  • La Danse De Limonade (The Lemonade Dance)  Performed by E. Shuler
  • Mcgee's Reel  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • Chere Toot Toot 
  • La Robe De Rosalie 
  • Le Vieux Boeuf Et Le Vieux Charriot (Not On Cd) (T 
  • Diggy Liggy Lo  Performed by J.D. Miller
  • J'ai Vu Le Loup, Le Renard Et La Bellette 
  • J'ete Au Bal (I Went To The Dance) 
  • Johnny Peut Pas Danser (Not On Cd) (Johnny Can't D 
  • La Valse De Gran Bois (Big Drink Waltz) 
  • Lacassine Special 
  • Ninety-Nine Years Waltz (Not On The Cd)  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • Bayou Pon Pon 
  • Bosco Stomp 
  • Lake Charles Waltz 
  • Vieux Crowley (Not On Cd) (Old Crowley)  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • Eunice Two-Step (Not On Cd) 
  • Grand Texas (Jambalaya) 
  • Hathaway Two-Step  
  • High Point Two-Step 
  • Les Veuves De La Coulee (Not On Cd)(The Widows Of  
  • J'ai Fini Mes Miseres (I've Finished My Troubles) 
  • La Valse De Reno (Reno Waltz)  Performed by L. Walker
  • Mardi Gras Song  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • Treville N'est Pa Pecheur  Performed by Adam Herbert
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Chico, California
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  • 2012-07-10 00:00:00.0 The Cajun Fiddle Book/CD set

    This set is very well done in that it usually has at least two iterations of each tune, with one being more elementary for less experienced or gifted musicians, such as myself. The print is clear and easy to read and the font used for the actual music is also...

    easy to read.

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  • 4

    Chicago suburb
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  • 2011-08-21 00:00:00.0 The Cajun Fiddle Book/CD Set

    Found this very helpful. I was looking for a song to perform at a New Orleans theme picnic. The easy and double stop version of Jolie Blon was the main reason for the purchase. However, I found that I really like most of the songs in this book. Yes, some...

    are pretty challenging. In addition, the CD is great to get the timing and tune right.

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  • 5

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  • 2011-06-26 00:00:00.0 The Cajun Fiddle Book

    Excellent book the CD is very helpful for those who don't know the tunes or have trouble with the timing. I also like the fact the double stops are all shown, the problem with some books is the bare melody is there and you have to work out your...

    own arrangements.

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  • 5

    westville, indiana
  • 2008-07-11 00:00:00.0 the cajun fiddle book

    The book does not stay open it would be nice to put it in a spiral book, I have to use my laundry pins to keep it open, the songs are really good.

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  • 5

    Grenville Horner
    London UK
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  • 2007-11-14 00:00:00.0 A fantastic introduction to playing cajun fiddle

    This is a superb book.... but not for the beginner. The pieces are brilliantly scored, and the accompanying cd is a delight to play along with. There are a huge number of songs here, starting reasonably simply, and progressing through to the more difficult tunes. Great explanations of who played...

    them, and when, with superb photos of many of the artistes. Some very well known tunes, and beautifully arranged. I think you need to be able to play the violin to start with, and be able to read music. This is really for someone like me, who played at school for a few years, and has now gone back to playing. I always wished I could play cajun fiddle, and thanks to this great book, and a few weeks progressing through the songs, I now can! A great variety of songs, and some beautiful waltzes. Every piece is a joy to play.

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