Mid January Update

January is already half over, and I’ve only written one blog post so far this month, so I thought I would just do a quick update. I guess the main reason I have not written anything new is because I am not doing anything new right now. I have been practicing daily concentrating on two…

Wax On, Wax Off

Attaining flexible and loose bow fingers and wrist It’s been over 35 years since the movie, The Karate Kid, was released. In the movie, Mr. Miyagi teaches young Daniel the art of Karate. When his training begins, Daniel doesn’t understand what he is being shown. Mr. Miyagi seems more interested in having Daniel paint fences,…

Remembering Fiddle Tunes

Learning how to play fiddle tunes is one thing; remembering how to play them is another. Now that I am approaching the completion of my first year, I have learned how to play a number of tunes. Some I play better than others, but one thing is common, if I don’t play a particular song…

The Field Recorders’ Collective

I was reading a post today in the Facebook group Dedicated to Old Time Music about Peter Hoover (1939-2019), who made field recordings in 1959 of Old Time musicians down South. Since I am not that familiar with Peter, I started doing a bit of research and found a great website called The Field Recorders’…

Old Time Country Christmas

A delightful mix of traditional Christmas carols and tunes played on instruments such as hammered dulcimer, fiddle, autoharp, banjo, mountain dulcimer, dobro, bass, mandolin and guitar comprise these three albums from Alisa Jones, Ron Wall, and Mark Howard. Together, these three albums contain 59 instrumental songs that are a pleasure to listen to while decorating,…

Tilting My Fiddle

My original title for this blog post was Tilting My Fiddle for Better Left Arm Position, Creating Less Upper Arm Tension, Allowing My Fingers to Better Cover the Strings, and Not Feel Pain in My Neck, but I thought it might be a tad too long, so I shortened it to Tilting My Fiddle. When…

Old Time Fiddling Books

I was searching for some Old Time Christmas fiddling music today when I came across Miles Music, a family-run site located in north central Idaho, that offers 5 books of Old Time, Gospel and Christmas music for the fiddle. Of course, I just had to let you all know. I don’t know how I have…

Fixing Squeaky, Airy, and Scratchy Sounds

We all know them, and they can set our teeth on edge. Squeaky, airy, and scratchy sounds are all too familiar to new fiddle players. These sounds indicate bow hair that is not properly gripping and vibrating the strings. There are six common reasons why a new fiddler may be hearing these awful sounds, rather…

Fiddlin’ – The Movie

Old Time Music was born in the Appalachian Mountains over 200 years ago, paving the way for Bluegrass, Country and Rock & Roll. Fiddlin’ celebrates the 80th anniversary of the world’s oldest fiddler’s convention. After watching this trailer, I just had to see this movie, so I purchased it on Amazon for $9.99. It can…

Internet Archive

A couple of days ago, a member named Amy sent me a link to an archived book called English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. This book contains 122 Songs and Ballads, and 323 tunes. The book was published in 1917, and the contents were collected by Olive Dame Campbell and Cecil J. Sharp. Most…