Learn to Play Cajun Fiddle

Michael Doucet
90-minute video, Includes music on pdf file
  • Code:DLDOCFI21
  • Skill Level:Early Intermediate (3)

If Cajun music makes you wish you could be at Mardi Gras, you're not alone. Learning to play this lively music yourself could be the next best thing to being there, especially if you've got fiddler Michael Doucet to show you how it's done.

Cajun music, first popularized in the Acadian communities of southwestern Louisiana, has now spread throughout the world. Michael Doucet, with his band Beausoleil, is largely responsible for bringing Cajun music to the attention of this wider audience. Once you've heard the powerful fiddle- and accordion-led rhythms of Cajun music, you can't help but want to learn to play it. Its zesty flavors blend well with country, rock and other forms of popular music: Michael makes it easy to add a taste -- or a heaping helping -- of Cajun to your playing.

This video gives you the opportunity to add some classics of the Cajun music repertoire to your set list. While learning to play over a dozen waltzes, two-steps, blues and breakdowns, you'll gain an understanding of the differences among Cajun, Creole and Zydeco styles. Michael explains the stylistic devices -- slurs, harmonies and ornaments -- that give this music its distinctive sound.

Songs: Allons à Lafayette, Ma Chère Bébé Créole, Locassine Special, Jolie Blond, J'été Au Bal, Chère Toot Toot, Johnny Can't Dance, Tolan Waltz, Lake Arthur Stomp, Les Barres de la Prison, Les Veuves de la Coulée, The Reel de Nez Piqué.


Richard Berman 4 years, 2 months ago

Been playing Appalachian fiddle many years. Fell in love with Cajun fiddle music but didn't know if I could transition from the mountains to the bayou. The DVD helps a lot. And with the repeat & slowdown function I was soon playing, albeit not yet to my satisfaction, but with lots of fun.. The rhythm is infectious.

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Dave Duckett 4 years, 1 month ago

I have spent months with this DVD and am only about two songs in still (they are very hard to play correctly I think, but also I am learning from other DVD's from this site). I started out playing classical violin some time ago and then recently picked up fiddle on my own. Somewhere along the way I came across this DVD and am glad I did. I really wasn't looking to play cajun music, but now I have a newfound respect for it. Michael Doucet keeps you on your toes because, from what I've experienced, he will play the same song three times and each time fairly differently with slight and sometimes not so slight change in style. There is so much to learn. I will say when he slows the song down it's not so bad, but be prepared to do a lot of figuring out when it comes to either the first time he plays the song (full speed) and the performance piece--which really sound quite good. I really like that with regards to twin fiddles he'll briefly cover the bass parts--they sound really excellent. A lot of study of this DVD will certainly improve your playing--completely worth the cost in my opinion.

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