Hi I’m classically trained on the violin and I love Celtic music / am trying to learn Irish fiddle..just want to gather thoughts on a couple of questions…
1. My first impulse to learn the irish fiddle was to take lessons. Was surprised to not be assigned a tune each week and be asked to perform it perfectly at the next lesson, like with classical music…instead the lessons are very casual and I join in and play with my teacher whenever i get the urge.. he doesn’t even keep track of my ‘repertoire’…do you think taking lessons is a really weird formal way to learn the irish fiddle?!
2. Is it utterly hopeless? Has any decent fiddler ever come from classical roots?
3. Will I ever be able to play Bach and Mozart again once I change my bowing habits? Can I move back and forth between the two kinds of music?
These are the things I wonder about!