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A Violinist's Guide to Scottish Fiddling

Designed for violinists who have never fiddled in the Scottish style or for anyone who would simply like to brush up on their "Scottishness", this guide discusses ornamentations and their applications, bowing styles, rhythmic issues and stylistic interpretations. It covers five basic types of tunes: airs, marches, jigs, reels and strathspeys, as well as Scottish fiddle history and regional styles. Accompanying video clips demonstrated by former U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, Melinda Crawford, show how to execute all of the different techniques and how to perform more than 44 full-length traditional Scottish fiddle tunes. Transcriptions of the tunes are included within the guide. Includes access to online video.

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A Violinist's Guide to Scottish Fiddlng
The Crawford Collection

A collection of 66 of Melinda's tunes 


Filled with music, stories, and pictures, the collection includes airs, marches, strathspeys, reels, jigs, waltzes, a couple of slow reels, a 9/8, and a hornpipe!  

Annika Bhan Óg

Fiona Aoibhneach


Gannet, The

Lament for Mr. PJ Ross

Brodgar Lament

Leaving Arrochar


Goat's Picnic, The

Dad's March

Long Campaign, The

Statistician's Delight, The

Whiskey Bay

Mrs. Margaret Hobson

High Street Potholes

Mom's Request

Dun Beag Broch

Peppertree, The

Breaking Morn

Headin' Home

Empty Glass, The

Free Spirit, The

River Yough, The

Doon da Appian Way


Da Rodd Hame

Crown Hotel, The

Kelley's Island Reel

Midnight Roses

Strathmon, The (reel)

UnReal, The

Wrestlers, The

Boxwood Maze

Finnish Gold

Bonster Reel

Braddock's Road

Route 670 West

Trail Ridge Road

Yontif Reel

Debbie's Reel

De'il's Weird, The

Other Side of the Cuillin, The

Neath Edinburgh Castle

Selkie Sisters, The

Run-Away Ponies

Glacial Grooves

Strathmon, The (jig)

Jig 8

Sullivant Hall

Wandering Suitcase of Stirling, The

Fire Ant Jig

Foggy Moon

Jungle Rats

Moraine Park Detour

Napping Frog, The

Mr. Ron Hobson

Jessop's Tavern

Da Square Rigged Ship

Gator Nest, The

David's Hornpipe

De'il Elbow Road

Mr. George Balderose's Favourite

Helen's Waltz

Mid-Summer's Waltz

Twisted Tree, The

Comrie Croft Waltz

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Scottish Tune Flash Cards

Based on her own strategies for practicing, Melinda designed these flash cards for other Scottish fiddlers who are looking for an organized way to practice common tunes and maintain their repertoire.  These 3x5 flash cards sport the title of the tune on one side of the card and show the first two measures of the tune on the reverse.  Light-weight plastic carrying case included.

This set includes the following 50 common Scottish fiddle tunes:

Atholl Highlanders’ March, The

Barren Rocks of Aden, The

Battle of Waterloo, The

Bonnie Jean of Aberdeen 

Bottom of the Punch Bowl, The

Braes of Mar, The

Braes of Tullymet, The

Cameron’s Got His Wife Again 

Campbell’s Farewell to Redcastle 

Captain Campbell 

Clean Pease Strae 

Cradle Song, The

De’il Amang the Tailors

Drummond Castle 

Farewell to Whisky

Flowers of Edinburgh, The

Gillie Callum 

Glenburnie Rant, The

Hector the Hero

High Road to Linton

Highland Laddie 

Highland Whisky

Iron Man, The

Jenny Dang the Weaver 

Jig o' Slurs

Keep It Up 

Lads of Duns 

Laird o’ Drumblair, The

Largo’s Fairy Dance 

Marquis of Huntly, The

Mason’s Apron, The

Miss Drummond of Perth 

Mrs. MacLeod of Raasay 

Muckin’ o' Geordie’s Byre, The

My Wife’s A Wanton Wee Thing 

Niel Gow’s Lament for the

        Death of His Second Wife

Panmure House (Miss Lyall) 

Pretty Pegg

Sailor’s Wife, The

Sitting in the Stern of a Boat

Sleep Soond inda Moarnin 

Sleepy Maggie

Soldier’s Joy 

Speed the Plough

Stool of Repentance, The

Tail Toddle 

Whisky Welcome Back Again 

White Cockade, The


Wind that Shakes the Barley, The

Scottish Tune Flash Cards
Scottish Tune Flash Cards - Title Side
Scottish Tune Flash Cards - Tune Side

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