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April 2015

Freestyle fiddler Darol Anger talks about practice

Darol AngerOver the years, I’ve listened to a lot of fiddlers. Some play really well. The
thing that I think that’s as important as the music is, is the player behind the
fiddle. If you listen closely, you can actually sense the feeling the music
produces when it’s a truly great player. You actually feel the music at a deeper
level than just saying, “that’s a good tune”. I know that sounds kind of weird,
but I think it’s true. That’s what I get when I listen to Darol Anger play.
There’s something more than just the notes coming out of the box. Some
would call that feeling, soul. That’s what I call it. Darol’s got soul.
I’m happy Darol has given us a video of some of the things he thinks are
important to practice. You’ll probably want to watch it many times. I know I did.
If you get a chance to see Darol with Mr. Sun or in any venue, you’ll be glad you did.

Classically trained with a degree in music education, Tom Morley has performed
professionally in almost every musical genre over several decades, with a focus
on Irish Traditional Music for the past 15 years, as a soloist and with two groups:
the four-piece band, Mithril, ( and the duo, Banna de dhá
( He teaches privately and at fiddle workshops
and is on the faculty of the O’Connor String Camp in Charleston, SCOR Adult
String Camps in Atlanta, and Fiddle Hell in the Boston area. He was featured on
the cover of iFiddle in July 2014 and is the author of two well-received fiddle
instructional books, Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle and Fiddle Club Favorites.

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