About this course

In this course, Antti Järvelä will teach some great fiddle tunes from Finland, as well as some of his own (also great) compositions! He also talks about history, playing styles, and more.

Music books everyone should have (but very, unfortunately, most of them unavailable these days...):
* Frank Hietalan nuottikirja
* Erkki Metsäpellon nuottikirja 
* Otto Hotakaisen nuottikirja (original compositions 1960-1990 from Polka-Otto) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F4Ka9yXtdU
* Finlands Svenska folkdiktning, section VI, parts 1, 2 and 3
* Vanhoja pelimannisävelmiä
- this collection you can reach online - it's a little old-fashioned site but here are the directions:
2. open the 3rd dropdown menu 'kokoelma'
3. select 'kansantanssit'
4. click 'hae' -search icon on the bottom right corner of the window
5. Then you should have access to one of the broadest folk tune collections nationwide put together in 1893. The collection consists of several collectors' archives - the oldest tunes are very likely from the 1750s.
Every title has got a (midi) tickbox and also a little background information section (tiedot).

Filmed by: Olav Luksengård Mjelva
Edited by: Jens Linell 

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About Antti Järvelä

Learn from one of the top Finnish fiddlers! Co-founder of the Finnish-Norwegian powerfolk string band Frigg and a member of bands such as Baltic Crossing, JPP and Troka!
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About the Fiddle

The fiddle, also known as the violin, has a long and rich history that can be traced back to the 16th century in Italy. The instrument was originally designed to be played in orchestras and other classical music settings. However, it soon became popular in folk music traditions around the world, including in regions such as Ireland, Scotland, the Nordic countries, and the Appalachian Mountains in the United States. The fiddle's popularity in these traditions can be attributed to its versatility and ability to convey emotion and tell stories through music. Today, the fiddle remains a beloved instrument in many genres of music, including folk, country, and bluegrass, and is appreciated for its beautiful sound and ability to evoke strong emotions in listeners.
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