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Around The World in 80 Tunes Volume 1: A Folk Fiddle Method

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This book sets out to teach the reader how to play the fiddle, by using inspiring music from some of the great musical traditions of the world, especially arranged by the author for the instrument. Includes CD!

Ideal for the complete beginner, there is no need for any previous musical knowledge.

Invaluable for the existing player/improver looking for fresh ideas and exciting new tunes.

By working through this unique book, the reader will gain a sound knowledge of the fiddle, plus a large and varied repertoire of traditional music from all over the world.

By drawing on the less commonly heard music of countries such as Venezuala, Rwanda, Holland, Trinidad, Japan and Australia, as well as the more popular traditions of Ireland and North America, this book will produce a well-rounded fiddle player - a musician who will be inspired to look further into the exciting musical traditions of the world.

Rather than being an exhaustive guide to all traditional styles of the world, this book is a fiddle method, which uses tunes from around the world to demonstrate the various techniques required to produce a competent traditional musician. It is the sincere hope of the author that the student will be inspired, by the study of the music contained in this book and recording, to look more deeply into styles of particular interest.


  • Bahcevanci (Turkey)
  • Basque Jig (Spain)
  • Branle (France)
  • Ceilog y Rhedyn (Wales)
  • De Dood van Pierlala (Holland)
  • Defune (Japan)
  • Flitter Dance (Isle of Man)
  • Harry Gidley's Waltz (England)
  • Hunt the Squirrel (England)
  • Idir Dehrig (Scotland)
  • Im Klom de Boon al Oppe (Holland)
  • Jai Vu Le Loup (France)
  • Joe Yates' First Set Tune (Australia)
  • Katyusha (Russia)
  • Kojo No Tsuki (Japan)
  • Korobochka (Russia)
  • Louis' Waltz (U.S.A)
  • M'saddar ya nas a-me (Algeria)
  • Makhila (Spain)
  • Menoka Dance (India)
  • Morayi Tovorgoon (Mongolia)
  • Over the Hills and Far Away (England)
  • Pandeirada Escairon (Spain)
  • Pashto Song (Afghanistan)
  • Sakura-Sakura (Japan)
  • The Mill Belongs to Sandy (Australia)
  • The Old Dutch Churn (Canada)
  • Tzarignaire (Russia)
  • Waltz from Levkivka (Ukraine)
  • Yan Tox (Guatamala)

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Cat No. SP908
Material Traditional
ArrangerPhilip John Berthoud
CategoryViolin Tutor
PublisherSpartan Press
ISMN 979-0-57999-908-9
EAN-13 9790579999089
Weight 262 grams
Published 12th November 2010
Availability OUT OF PRINT.
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SP909  Around The World in 80 Tunes Volume 2: A Folk Fiddle Method


...the two volumes provide a good and varied selection of tunes from around the world. Vol.II would provide a useful reference library if you wish to explore little-known folk repertoire.

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