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What's the difference between a fiddle and a violin?

I'm not sure!  Some people say that the difference is stylistic.  Some say that the difference is attitude.  As eminent a violinist as Pinchas Zukerman calls his instrument a "fiddle."

I'm inclined to say that the difference between "fiddle" and "violin" is the same difference as that between "Father" and "Daddy."
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Teach Yourself Violin Instructional book, accompaniment CD and instructional video (VHS) for violin. With instructional text. 32 pages.
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A Fiddler's Guide to Waltzes, Airs and Haunting Melodies Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk).  Published by Homespun.
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The Fiddle According to Vassar Clements Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk). . Published by Homespun.
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Learn to Play Cajun Fiddle Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk).  Published by Homespun.
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Learning Bluegrass Fiddle Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk). Size  Published by Homespun.
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Learning Bluegrass Fiddle Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk).  Published by Homespun.
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Swingin' Jazz Violin Performed by Matt Glaser. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). Video cassette.  Published by Homespun Video.
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Fiddlin' My Way Taught by Kenny Baker. For fiddle. Licks and phrases. Ridge Runner. All styles. Level: Intermediate. Video. Size 5.5x9. Duration 60 minutes. Published by Ridge Runner Videos.
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Bluegrass Fiddle Boot Camp Two-DVD Set. By Stacy Phillips. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk).  Published by Homespun Video.
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Blues on the Fiddle DVD. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk).  Published by Homespun Video.
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Fiddle for Kids DVD One. Performed by Jenny Anne Bulla, Luke Bulla. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk). Published by Homespun Video.
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Mark O'Connor - Contest Fiddling Championship Style Performed by Mark O'connor. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). Video cassette. Published by Homespun Video.
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Fiddle for Kids DVD Two. Performed by Jenny Anne Bulla, Luke Bulla. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk). Published by Homespun Video.
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Swing Fiddle Taught by Paul Anastasio. For fiddle. Solos. Ridge Runner. Swing. Level: Intermediate. Video. Size 5.5x9. Duration 60 minutes. Published by Ridge Runner Videos.
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Mark O'Connor's Fiddle Camp Back to Basics. Performed by Mark O'connor. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk).  Published by Homespun.
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Become a Better Fiddler! Bluegrass Tunes & Techniques. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk). Size 5.25x7.5 inches. Published by Homespun.
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Homespun has a reputation for producing some very high quality and effective instructional fiddle DVD's.  Take a look at some of these and see if they might help you have a blast with your fiddle!
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I'll guaranatee you that the teachers in the Homespun Videos don't fit into the category described by the
T-Shirt at the right!  But I'll bet that the teachers on the videos would sure get a kick out of the shirt!  Make your fiddle friends smile when you wear this distinctive Fidder Crab-by Teacher shirt!
Can't Make it to Mark Wood's Fiddle Camp this Summer?  You can at least get a look at the man some refer to as the "leader in alternative violin" by checking out these two videos!
Famous Fiddlin' Tunes
Arranged by Craig Duncan. Fiddle songbook and performance CD for fiddle. With standard notation and chord names. Series: Qwik Guide Series. 61 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
300 Fiddle Tunes
Solo fiddle songbook for fiddle. With performance notes, introductory text and standard notation. 96 pages. Published by Hal Leonard.
Nickel Creek
(Transcribed Scores) Performed by Nickel Creek. Guitar tablature songbook for guitar, voice, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, string bass and bouzouki. 127 pages. Published by Hal Leonard.
Fiddle Jam
A Way-Cool Easy Way to Learn How to Improvise) Written by Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry. Instructional book and examples CD for violin, fiddle, viola and cello. With introductory text, instructional text, black & white photos, instructional photos, illustrations, fingerings, standard notation and examples CD. 46 pages.
Fiddle Sheet Music
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FIDDLE
Hey Diddle Diddle,
This Cat's Got a Fiddle!
He's as Lucky as Can Be!
Having Fun and Playing Tunes
Amazing You and Me!
Whether the man is called "Father" or "Daddy," the man looks just the same.  The respect the child has for the man is just as real.  The love the child has for the man is just as deep.  The difference is that when "Father" comes into the room the child smiles.  When "Daddy" comes into the room the child runs to him and gives him a hug and a kiss.

The shirt at the left says, "The Violin Sings, But the Fiddle Dances!"  Whether you sing or dance the joy comes out in the music!
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That reminds me of another way that I've described the difference between violin and fiddle.  You'll sometimes hear me say that people who play fiddle smile more than people who play "violin."
Some folks say that the difference is actually a difference in tone due to the way that the instrument is constructed or set up.  Some say that due to the necessity of playing double stops (two strings at a time) there is a difference in bridge height...or even the angle of the fingerboard and the height of the bridge.  But other folks take the attitude expressed in the shirt at the right.
Some folks say that the difference between violin and fiddle is the subject of the song you're playing.