Dan Emert has been enjoying and playing fiddle and guitar for almost 40 years. He has placed well in many contests around the region including Oregon State, Northwest Regionals, Western Open Junior champion, Western Open Men’s champion, Colorado State Adult champion, and 2 National Championships in Weiser (Junior – 1986, Adult – 2006).
Dan has been a clinical microbiologist for 25 years and currently resides in Walla Walla, Washington with his wife Lorie and 2 sons, Connor, and Mason.
His philosophy about fiddling is straightforward. Technical proficiency (intonation, accuracy) is very important. But even more essential is rhythm. As dance music, traditional fiddling must make your toes tap. You MUST find that groove to make it all work. He also prefers a wide variety of different tunes in different styles. Play to your strengths and most importantly, HAVE FUN!!!!
Have a great week and best of luck to all of this year’s contestants.