cboody wrote:I'll have to think about this. I think there are differences, but I can't articulate them well. So, someone get this started and perhaps we can get somewhere.
One passing thought though: differences might be due to the influence of particular players in a particular region or particular common music styles in a region. Michiganders seem to play with a contradance style, while folks in Appalachia may sound more like Old Time or Bluegrass styles. Those influences, music common in the area or player of influence in an area, might be more important than geographical differences.
This is a very interesting topic.
I am definitely influenced by Old Time and Bluegrass. There seem to be close ties to this region and Scotch-Irish music as well, so even those that grew up in this area have close ties to Celtic songs and tunes. Fiddle tunes are pretty huge here, but they are a lot more fun to play with accompaniment, and I play by myself, so I really don't play a lot of them. In addition, I play a lot of hymns due to my upbringing as well.
As far as style goes, I like to think that I've developed my own style of playing. One thing that frustrates me with fiddle tunes and not playing with anyone else is that fiddle tunes can move so quickly that it's hard to "fill in the space" that left beneath the melody. However, hymns allow for much more musical space to fill in the gaps of music with runs an whatnot. When I learn a song, I try to do melody and accompaniment for myself at the same time with the use of arpeggios. Here's an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60w4Y-_fxxs
I'm definitely influenced by my region and upbringing, but I'd like to learn and explore other styles...when I can find the time.