I was too old to be a child prodigy on the fiddle, for I didn't take up the bow until I was 36 years of age.  Fortunately, my patient teacher, violinist Peter Miller, a.ka. Professor Fairbanks, http://www.professorfairbanks.com/,  taught me how to read music and saw those strings well enough so that my playing no longer sounds like a strangled cat. 

      As an artist, I also appreciated the aesthetic appeal of the violin as a sculptural object as well.  I began restoring broken old fiddles, and ones that were too far gone were turned into sculptures.  Below is a mini-Rococo Style chair I made from the remains of just such an old violin.  It was sold at an auction to raise money for the Vermont Youth Orchestra.

    If you would like to do a fiddling jam session with me, email me at brunelles3@aol.com

 

          

                           VIOLIN CHAIR,  FRONT VIEW

              

                  VIOLIN CHAIR, BACK VIEW, SHOWING THE PAINTING OF THE "CAT AND THE FIDDLE"

                   

 

        To help me master the arcane art of reading music, Prof. Fairbanks suggested that I try my hand at composing fiddle tunes.  I tossed of a dozen or so, including the one below, which was later printed in the newsletter of the Northeast Fiddlers Association. 

 

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