FidVid is a donation supported collection of demonstration videos of folk fiddle music from a variety of genres. Old-Time, Bluegrass, New England, Irish, French Canadian, Cape Breton, Scottish and Scandinavian tunes and styles are found here. The current videos have the following format:
Reels: 120-130 beats per minute 3 times through, slow 1/4 speed close up of left hand one time through, medium 1/2 speed close up one time through then up to tempo with more variation 3 times through.
Jigs: 120-130 beats per minute 3 times through, 1/3 speed version once through with close up of left hand, up to tempo with more variation 3 times
Hornpipes: 90-100 beats per minute 3 times through, 1/2 speed with close up of left hand once through, up to tempo with more variation 3 times through
Tunes with more than two parts may be played through fewer times, and repeats may not be observed in the slow tempo version.
Little focus is given on the bow direction. Ornaments may not always be present on the slower tempo versions, but I do try to demonstrate a few options in the slow versions.
Inconsistency may be present in the repeats of sections, some intrinsic to the folk process and my approach in general considering there is usually not a written standard way to play any of these tunes.
It's not always fun hunting around on YouTube searching for a decent version of a a tune. Beginners especially benefit from having a source with a predictable and reliable level of video and audio quality and without a lot of conversation/explanation. Less talk, more action.
The instrumental folk tunes in these traditions numbers in the tens of thousands. The initial priority will be tunes that are played and originate in the American South, New England, Canada, Ireland and Scotland, not necessarily in that order.
As this collection grows from a modest number of videos to its ultimate potential, a couple of different methods to locate videos are available. The Alphabetical Index will be quite useful once the tune count numbers in the hundreds. This will serve the user who knows the title of a tune they want to find.
FidVid is my personal long term, lifetime project and I aspire to preserve and promote a valuable cultural heritage.
As FidVid is a donation supported project, more support means more tunes. Help keep our site ad-free with your donation. If the mission of the site appeals to your fiddling interests, your donation encourages me to add new tunes.