Is “old style” intonation systematic?
I played some Bobby Casey solo fiddle recordings to a friend who isn’t familiar with that kind of music, and he said “he’s playing out of tune”.
It’s never actually occurred to me to think of it as “out of tune”, it sounds to me like Bobby is doing it right, but differently. So I have been wondering if there is a “correct” alternative intonation used by the older generation of fiddlers, or is it more that variable intonation is acceptable in these styles?
In other words, would a musicologist be able to say “these older players typically flatten the fourth”, or whatever it might be?