Learning a Fiddle Tune by Ear

In some of my recent posts, I’ve been writing about learning a tune using tabs versus being able to read traditional music notation. Today, I want to write about learning a fiddle tune by ear, because that is my ultimate goal. I wrote about learning music theory only because so many fiddle tunes I find…

Jessica’s Waltz

In my last fiddle lesson with my teacher, I began learning one of the lesser-known waltzes, Jessica’s Waltz, called by some just Jessica Waltz or The Jessica Waltz. Here’s a nice, simple, unadorned fiddle version. One of the things I like to do when learning a new tune is to try and learn about it’s…

Theory for Mandolin and Fiddle

The other day, I wrote a post about a course I signed up for at Peghead Nation called Old Time Fiddle with Bruce Molsky. As I mentioned in that post, one of the drawbacks for me in taking this course is the notation for each tune is standard notation, not tablature. In an effort to…

Bruce Molsky on Peghead Nation

I really admire and enjoy watching Bruce Molsky play the fiddle. I have watched and studied a number of his videos, and have even used a couple in my blog posts: It’s All in the Bowing, Playing Faster – Part 2, and Old Time Bow Holds. Not only does the way he convey how to…

Classic Old-Time Fiddle

This album is a fantastic collection of vintage Southern Appalachian string band music from the Smithsonian archives compiled and annotated by Old-Time fiddler Jake Krack and Folkways archivist Jeff Place. Clark Kessinger, Wade Ward, Tommy Jarrell, Marion Sumner, Gaither Carlton, Eck Robertson, Melvin Wine, and many more old-time fiddle masters play their signature sounds from…

A New Home for FFOF

I just wanted to update you on some behind-the-scenes activities here at Fiddling for Older Folks over the past few weeks. If you have read my forum post Website Down at Times, you know there has been some problems with the webhosting used for this WordPress site. Hosting with Bluehost started to hiccup, and the…

Caring for a Fiddle

I bought my first fiddle back about nine months ago, and I remember reading all about caring for it because I wanted to keep it perfect. I was determined to keep it looking it’s best and maintaining it so it would always sound great, my playing ability not withstanding! Well, nine months later, and other…

There’s an Artist in the House

My new Fiddleman Artist violin arrived within the past hour. As when I bought my Fiddlerman Concert violin back in February, it arrived extremely well-packed. And, even though I ordered the Artist without any accessories, to my surprise, when I opened the box, it was in a beautiful case, a case on par with the…

Deciding on a New Fiddle. And, the Winner is…

In Deciding on a New Fiddle, I wrote about buying a new, second fiddle. I had narrowed my choice to three models. Well, today I made the choice and purchased a Fiddlerman Artist Violin. I decided to go a step up from my present Concert violin and will consider the Master violin or Soloist violin…

Deciding on a New Fiddle

So, I’ve decided I want to buy a second fiddle, but I can’t make up my mind which one to buy. I have a few reasons why I want a second fiddle and, of course, I will buy it from the Fiddlershop, but which one to get? Will it be the Master? Will it be…