I was searching for some information on a tune when I came across a site called Bluegrass Daddy. Not only did I find the information I was searching for, I found an excellent source for some great Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle music and lessons.
Bluegrass Daddy is the creation of John Cockman, who lives and teaches in the Appalachian Mountains of Watauga County, NC. John has been playing the fiddle since he was 13, and began building the Bluegrass Daddy website in 2013.
As a subscription site, I was unable to access all features, but from what I read and saw, I was intrigued and decided to test drive Bluegrass Daddy for a month and purchase a monthly membership for $9.95. (Yearly and lifetime memberships are also available at reduced rates.) Membership gives me full access to all the fiddle lesson videos, sheet music (including both tablature and standard notation), and professional jam track MP3s. I also have access to John’s members only forum. What I found was very impressive and just what I think I need at this point. I am already contemplating extending my membership. Where has this gem of a website been hiding? Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not abandoning FiddleHed. I think Bluegrass Daddy will be an excellent site to complement what I am learning with FiddleHed.
As John explains in his bio, over the past 20 years, he has systematically developed an intuitive teaching style that gets immediate results. He utilizes a combination of tablature, notation, measure-by-measure instruction, and metronome playback to help students reach their goal of jamming and performing. Here’s how John structures a typical fiddle lesson:
- Fiddle tune title, genre, key, and skill level
- A video of him demonstrating the fiddle tune.
- High-quality fiddle tablature and standard notation sheet music
- Measure-by-measure instructional videos
- A slow play-through video using a metronome
- Professional MP3 jam tracks with real instruments
- Historical tune information and lyrics
- An interactive forum to discuss the tune
Who could ask for more? Listen to John…
In just the short time I’ve been a member, I can already see that Bluegrass Daddy offers good value and instruction. John systematically breaks down each lesson into manageable parts that are easy to understand and learn. It is a great site to learn many tunes that you hear at a typical jam, and you don’t have to go searching all over the internet! They are here in one place. There is plenty of material for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, and I can see why many folks are lifers at Bluegrass Daddy as John offers so much and adds to the site on a weekly basis.
I look forward to augmenting my FiddleHed lessons with Bluegrass Daddy. If you are looking for something like this, I recommend visiting this site.