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Suzy Thompson’s Fiddle

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Suzy Thompson talks about her mid-1800s no-name fiddle.

by Teja Gerken
March 10, 2016

Suzy Thompson has owned many great instruments during her long career in music. For several years, her fiddle of choice has been the instrument she discusses in this video. Estimated to have been built in the mid-1800s, the fiddle was previously owned by MIke Seeger, and Thompson acquired it after his death in 2009. The fiddle has no label, its top has a somewhat high “belly,” and the f-holes are larger than on most fiddles. Its most distinguishing feature is the carving of a man’s head that is integrated into the scroll.

You can see more of Thompson in Peghead Nation’s Fiddle Styles Workshop, which is hosted by Brittany Haas. In her workshop segment, Thompson discusses her approach to old-time blues playing, and teaches the tune “Dickson County Blues.”

To learn from Brittany and her esteemed guests, as they teach some of their favorite tunes and techniques, enroll in the Fiddle Styles Workshop today.


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