Reviews . . .
The overarching vibe of this book is not coincidentally the quality that best expresses Donna’s character: Generosity. Fiddling Demystified is packed with so many years of thought, emotion, and experience, imbued with joy and delight, both the inherent delights of the fiddle and Donna’s irrepressible joie de vivre. Donna gets it all right, as far as I’m concerned. A cornucopia of technical and stylistic details flood this book, along with good stories replete with local and universal cultural context, but all the information serves the greater point, which is to get in there and crank that rhythm! I suspect that the general level of fiddle knowledge and playing will take a major uptick soon after publication, just as other great music books such as Earl Scruggs’ original banjo book, O’Neill‘s great Irish fiddling reference and the infamous jazz Real Book influenced the course of musicians’ lives and work.” – Berklee string prof Darol Anger in his Foreword to Fiddling Demystified
Donna is an outstanding performer and a world-class teacher of the art of fiddle. I consider her at the forefront of the developing field of fiddle pedagogy.” — Dr. Alan Jabbour, fiddler, Dir. (ret.), The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
The book and CD are GREAT! Wow! The book is pretty wonderful on its own, a nice collection of tunes, with everything meticulously transcribed and explained in the text. The CD’s though, are what really blew me away. Your explanations of not only the tunes, but also the ornamentations and other techniques that give them their character, is unique, amazing, and incredibly valuable! What an incredible gift you’ve given to those who aspire to play fiddle and to those of us who don’t but still want to know how to fold fiddle-istic ornaments and techniques into our playing! This is a treasure trove and I’m recommending it to everyone. There is tremendous value here, far beyond what I paid. You should be amazingly proud of yourself and YES … please … get busy on volume two. I’ll buy the first copy!” Wayne Fugate, mandolin player, musical cast member of “Bright Star” on Broadway.