1. Due to our physical event being cancelled by the
continuing Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 State of Tennessee Old-Time
Fiddler's Championships will be a "Virtual" contest,
consisting of Fiddle contest ONLY. Entry will be by Video
Submission. All entries to be submitted by 6:00 PM Central time, August
21st, 2020. Entries will be judged by a qualified
judging panel on Saturday, August 22nd, 2020, and winners will
be announced on Monday, August 24th, 2020.
2. Entry videos can be submitted to our Facebook
page (https://www.facebook.com/tnfiddlers/) or Emailed to email@example.com.
Players may perform unaccompanied, or with no more
than two (2) accompanists. Players may use backing tracks if desired.
Videos must be created especially for the State of
Tennessee Old-Time Fiddlers' Championships, and be indicated as such
verbally at the start of each video, along with the contestant's name,
age, and the names of the tunes to be played.
No electric amplification, recording effects, or
tone modification devices may be used. The use of any device that
modifies or enhances tone may result in disqualification.
Each tune should be less than three (3) minutes in
Video submission indicates permission for the
videos to be used by the State of Tennessee Old-Time Fiddlers'
Championships, the Clarksville Rotary Club, or affiliated agencies for
For Best Results:
Phone/Camera Like This:
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3. Contestants will perform two tunes, to include a
waltz* and a breakdown**.
* A Waltz is obviously in 3/4 time.
** A breakdown - or hoedown as they are called
in some parts of the country – is played in 2/4 time or cut time. This
would apply to hornpipes, reels, or any related genre of tune that is played
in 2/4 time. A breakdown also has at least two 8 bar sections, maybe more,
with repeats. Some tunes (certainly of the Blue Grass flavor) may not follow
the 8 bars per section formula exactly. However, they will be perceived as 2/4
or cut time. Breakdowns are traditionally for square dancing, which requires 8
measures to each set of calls for the dance.
4. Contestants will be divided by age as follows*:
Youth Fiddle (Age 17 & Under)
Adult Fiddle (Age 18-49)
Senior Fiddle (Age 50 & Over).
*2020 Tennessee State Champion Fiddler will be chosen from
the winners of the three Fiddle categories. There WILL NOT be a Final round for
5. Medleys will NOT be allowed.
6. No monologues or singing permitted.