Honest Fiddling™

David Klingler - Scottish Fiddler

Hi, I'm David, a Scottish Fiddler.

I began playing the violin in 2000, but focused on Scottish fiddle music beginning in 2006 when I started studying with Dr. John Turner at the Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling.

Scottish fiddle music has a unique ability to make people dance and make people cry. I am known to play it in a distinctly stylistic way based upon the tradition from the Golden Age of Scottish fiddling, the 18th century. My teaching/pupil lineage goes directly back to Niel Gow (1727-1807) himself, the most iconic Scottish fiddler-composer in history. Like Niel Gow, I focus on playing the fiddle with emotional expression above all else while challenging assumptions in tune interpretation yet aggressively maintaining an ingrained traditional sense in my interpretation.

In 2010, I won the largest material prize in the history of our tradition, the Niel Gow Fiddle Award, the only time it was ever given, at the U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Championship, and have in other years won numerous other National awards and Regional awards. I've stopped competing in recent years as part of a boycott over the current competition systems.

I've personally written around 300 tunes in the Scottish idiom, a number of which have been performed by other notable musicians. The first tune I wrote in the Scottish style got 6th place in an international composition competition.

I'm available for: solo performances, group workshops, individual teaching, original composition requests, and for group performance cooperation. Feel free to email me

Honest Fiddling

I'm starting HonestFiddling.com to help other people learn in a simple way how to "play the violin with honesty". Commonly, learning the violin can be intimidating and has schedule requirements that don't always match up with the rest of one's season of life at the time. The Honest Fiddling Approach is self-paced and simple, with all of the learning process being available online, augmented with optional in-person groups. I will be available for guidance and answering questions all throughout your journey.

H.O.N.E.S.T.

H: Humble

The purpose of this music is higher than individual accomplishment.

O: Open

This approach to music is welcoming and encouraging to the extent that those welcome (musicians as well as ideas) do not create separation from the Honest approach.

N: Novel

Composing is the purest form of creating music and is therefore the lens through which this music is imagined.

E: Elegant

This music is approached with simplicity so as to not water down its essence.

S: Soulful

This music expresses something deeply above all else, including above aural beauty.

T: Timeless

This music expresses something relatable that is not limited to the current time period.



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