Newsletters

SCVFA’s monthly newsletter, The Fiddler’s Rag, features articles on fiddling, music events, people, tunes, instruments, and many other topics of interest to our members. The Fiddler’s Rag is distributed electronically to SCVFA members only. Printed copy mailed at special request.

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Timeless Highlights

Svend Asmussen: Phenomenal Jazz Fiddler by Richard J. Brooks, with a partial discography. (.pdf)

A Bow Re-Hairing Demonstration by Jon Li of Kamimoto String Instruments: photo essay by Pete Showman. (.pdf)

A Visit to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM): illustrated article by Pete Showman (.pdf)

The Fiddler’s Rag – official newsletter of SCVFA

March 2020 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, by Susan Goodis, President)
  • Notice: Member Directory (draft available for checking and correcting). (p1, by Pete Showman, Membership Secretary)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam notice, Upcoming Events (March Jam with Robert Cornelius leading the bluegrass jam) (p3)
  • Highlights from the February 2 Annual Membership Meeting and special (new) Trustee meeting. (p3, by Jessica Ollmann, Secretary)
  • Photos and Jim Smyth sketches from the March 2020 Jam (pp4-5)
  • Column: Hicks’ Licks: Twin and Triple Fiddles (rerun from the December 2007 Fiddler’s Rag) (p6, by Pete Hicks)
  • Tune: Bury Me Beneath the Willow (in B, with variations) (p7, arr. by Pete Hicks)

February 2020 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, by S. Goodis, President)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam Tune List, Upcoming Events (Pete Hicks’ Bluegrass Circle at February jam), Urgent Need: SCVFA Newsletter Publisher (p3)
  • Highlights from the SCVFA Board Meeting January 22, 2020 (p3, by Jessica Ollmann, Secretary)
  • January Jam Photos and Jim Smyth Sketches (pp4-5)
  • Column: Hicks’ Licks: The Quest for Tone: Getting “That Sound” (rerun from the November 2007 Fiddler’s Rag) (p6, by Pete Hicks)
  • Tune: Struttin’ Rooster (p7, arr. by Pete Hicks)

January 2020 (ed. Patrice Tanti)

  • President’s Note (p1, by S. Goodis, President)
  • SCVFA Happenings: Slow Jam notice, Upcoming Events (Annual Meeting and Election, SCVFA January Jam and Pete Hicks bluegrass circle; Great 48 Jam in Bakerfield, house concerts) (p3)
  • Photos from the December 2019 Jam and Potluck (p4)
  • Trustee Candidates’ statements: Bev Tracey and Doug Judd (p5, by the candidates)
  • Column: Hicks’ Licks: Who’s Afraid of the Key of B? (rerun from the October 2007 Fiddler’s Rag) (p6, by Pete Hicks)
  • Tune: Bury Me Beneath the Willow (in B, with variations) (p7, arr. by Pete Hicks)

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