HELLO MUSICAL FRIENDS!
Starting in March, 2020, my wife Cindy and I took time every day to play tunes together, and we're still enjoying this. We've remembered old tunes and learned some new ones. Playing music takes us to a good place. As well, our son Andy and his wife Joy are doing a lot of creative playing, and our son Eric and his fiancée Autumn Rose are never far from their instruments.
Also in March, 2020, my family and I initiated the FIDDLE HELL ONLINE JAM
, just about every Sunday at 8PM Eastern time and sometimes on Wednesday at 5PM Eastern time
, live streaming on the Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Facebook group
. We paused the jams for a while after the first Fiddle Hell Online, then resumed for a few in 2021.
The jams were on Facebook live initially. We now also stream them to YouTube. In fact, we recorded all 45 of the Fiddle Hell Online Jams, and put them on our YouTube Channel so you can play along!
Some tunes are from the Fiddle Hell Common Tune List
. Most tunes are at intermediate level, with a few easier ones and sometimes a few advanced ones. You can play along at full speed, or slow them down
without changing the pitch (click on the Settings icon in YouTube, which looks like a gear on the lower right, and pick the playback speed).
Click here on our online Tip Jar (now, during, or after the jams)
to contribute with credit/debit cards, PayPal, or checks. 80% goes to the musicians, 20% to Fiddle Hell scholarships and expenses. Say who it's for if you're donating after the jam is over.
Speaking more broadly, these are truly difficult times for all of us, especially for musicians who thrive on community. I hope you are doing ok, staying healthy, and coping with the wrenching changes to everyday life.
It's a good time to concentrate on tunes, and also to support your favorite performers in their online and virtual performances until life tilts back in the direction of normal.
My family and I wish you all the best in the broad, diverse, and supportive Fiddle Hell community!
Please let us know how you're doing.
Watch the recent jam videos below, see the playlists, and jam along on our Fiddle Hell YouTube Channel. You can slow these down (click on the gear icon to select the speed).
Click here on our online Tip Jar (now, during, or after jams) to contribute with credit/debit cards, PayPal, or checks. 80% goes to the musicians (who are donating the money to a local organization), 20% to Fiddle Hell scholarships. Say who it's for if you're donating after the jam is over.
Feb 7, led by Andy Reiner (fiddle, octave mandolin) & Joy Adams (cello, banjo, mandolin, vocals), for old-time, Irish, New England, world tunes.
Feb 14, led by Judy Hyman (fiddle) & Jeff Claus (guitar, banjo uke), for old-time tunes.
Feb 21, led by Vi Wickam (fiddle) & Franklin Taggart (guitar), for old-time, Irish, & New England tunes.
Feb 28, led by Shana Aisenberg (fiddle, mandolin) & Beverly Woods (piano), for old-time, contra dance, & Klezmer tunes.
March 7, led by Rob Flax (fiddle, guitar, mandolin, vocals), for blues, jazz, & swing.
March 14, led by Amand Aromin (fiddle, vocals) & Benedict Gagliardi (concertina, guitar, vocals), for Irish & folk tunes [The Vox Hunters].
March 21, Meet Fiddle Hell Online instructors, who will chat briefly about their workshops and play you a tune (join in if you like).
March 29, Meet more Fiddle Hell Online instructors.
April 4, Meet more Fiddle Hell Online instructors.
April 11, 8-9PM EST, on Facebook Live and Zoom. Meet more Fiddle Hell Online instructors.
35 different jams on November 4-7, 2021 (replayable for 4 months), at Fiddle Hell Online (and also 35 concerts + 175 workshops). These jams won't be posted to YouTube - they are just available by attending Fiddle Hell Online.