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1 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 13B ! nn Ruth Ellis Staff Writer Tallon Sandoval demonstrat- ed his fiddling skills and placed in two separate divisions of the 28th annual Western Open Fid- dle Championship, the second- largest fiddle contest in the United States. During the event, held Sat- urday, Oct. 23, Sandoval, 13, and his fiddle teacher Johnene McDonald of Quin- cy, with Dave Johns as their accompaniment, played "Tico based on old-time fiddling Tico" in the Juke- ability, rhythm, difficulty box/Entertainment division and intonation. All scores are and won first place, cumulative and the highest Sandoval also competed in score determines the winner the junior division for Sandoval also competed and teenagers 13 to 18 years old placed in the top 10 in numer- and placed eighth playing ous other contests this year. "Old Man," Bridgett's and Between competitions, San- Topeka Polka. doval traveled to Oregon and Under the control of the Texas to attend fiddle music master of ceremonies, only camps put on my national rid- the music and the contes- dlingchampions. Sandovalhas tant's number are piped into been playing the fiddle since a remote room where five he was 5 and is preparing for judges make their decision next year's competitions. Tallon Sandoval's fiddle accomplishments for 2010 *Second place in the junior division and first place with partner Emily Moire, also of Janesville, in the twin division, at the District 6 Fiddling Contest held in February in Redding. *Tenth place in the junior division, second in the hot fiddle division with teacher Johnene Mc- Donald of Quincy and fourth place with Kathy Kampschmidt in the adult twin division at the Cal- ifornia State Fiddle Championship held in March. =Won adult hot-fiddle division and placed third in the junior division at the Nevada State championships. -Competed and placed well in the junior division and 10th in the adult twin-fiddle division with teacher Johnene McDonald at the nationals held in Weiser, Idaho, the largest fiddle contest in the United State. =First place in the adult twin division with Nikki Carlisle and third place in the adult open divi- sion at the annual Weaverville Open in September. Sam Williams Staff Writer Musicians never know how or if or when fame and for- tune may fred them, but one Lassen County player is headed straight for the cover of Autoharp Quarterly, a magazine devoted to the un- usual instrument and the characters who play one. Litchfield resident Kenny Joe Zimmerman proudly plays the autoharp and says it's a long-term love affair that can't be satiated now that it's begun. So, what's an autoharp? The curiosity about the in- strument begins with its name -- it's not a harp at all, but rather a chorded zither a type of traditional instru- ment found in many differing and diverse cultures from Germany and Eastern Europe all the way to China. In fact, Daniel 3:5 (NIV), 'wrttte~ about 600 B.C. during rJ e Heta'ews' captivity in I abylon, lists the zither as I Xt of a catalog of musical i tstrmnems played in King L lelmchadnezzar's day. It's t:ruly an ancient sound. The modern autoharp, as we know it today, was created admost simultaneously in the I te 1880s in both England ~mz] the United States by two inventors who took a zither and added felt bars l .hat deaden many of the near. r,y 40 strings, allowing a musi- ,t.d an to play a chord by sim- #y pressing a single button. , 'nile aflci ados undoubted- :l y will argue forever about ' dm actually developed the ,fil~t the autoharp is ere to slay. One of Zimmerman's most gxized possessions is the orig- ii ml model of America's first utoharp produced by Charles F. Zimmermann (no r lation) in the 1880s. The autobarp joined popular culture in the late 1920s when country music star Sara Carter played auto- harp with the influential Carter Family against Moth- er Maybelle Carter's melody work on guitar and A.P. Carter's violin playing. Zimmerman, 60, said he's been a musician nearly all his life, beginning his musi- cal career with the harmoni- ca at age 5. He said his grandmother cried when he played the old standard "Shenandoah" for her. and "I've been playing ever since." Later Zimmerman took up the drums, and even played in a rock and roll band. He said he plays straight harp and melodies (rather than the bluesy cross harp) and took the harmonica wRh him during his tour with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam during 1970 and 1971. See Cover, page 14B O O O Spend the holidays I .... The Perfect Setting for ' Your Holiday Gathering! "Jacuzzi sp, I rooms r . i Non-smoking rooms l:IL Ir " ' ..... - , :I, Free HBO& Cable Chester Cabu i Largeenoughtoaccolnlnodate9colnfortably(4bdnns). Hi-Speed [ 24 hour Offlce , , o Wireless Internet I II Spacious country kitchen and family areas. Within walking ol |1 distance to shops and restaurants. Pets welcome, i| Reservations: 1-800-804-6541 For more information call: 323-899-4509 200 Crescent ~t. (Hwy 70W) Quincy, CA 95971 CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE! 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