Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Learn to fiddle online!

Unique fiddle ensemble Childsplay is launching their new YouTube series Childsplay Lessons, featuring free tutorials by its members.
In the first installment of the series, Childsplay's Bonnie Bewick, also a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, shares her tips and tricks (involving a clever use of your standard ballpoint pen) for sustaining sound at either end of the bow. Watch Bewick's lesson here: http://bit.ly/ChildsplayLessonsEP1

Check http://www.childsplay.org/ for free downloads of this and future episodes in the Childsplay Lessons how-to series.

The 13 tracks on multinational fiddle ensemble Childsplay's newest album, 'Waiting for the Dawn,' integrate the traditional and the modern, with tunes that range from the Scottish folk tune "Rattling Roaring Willie" (with lyrics by Robert Burns) to U2's "Mothers of the Disappeared" to Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender," itself an update of the American Civil War song "Aura Lee." The addition of vocals by Crooked Still's Aoife O'Donovan and vocal harmonies, a first for a Childsplay album, weave a timeless tapestry of meaning into the strings' rich timbre.

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