Category: Education & Learning

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…

Old Time Bow Holds

In Playing Faster – Part 2, I wrote about the importance of having a loose and flexible bowing wrist as a key to playing Old Time tunes up to tempo. Today, I am writing about how the bow hold will help facilitate a loose and flexible wrist. Watching many OT fiddlers both in person and…

Playing Faster – Part 3

I started this Playing Faster series of posts discussing six necessary skills for playing faster, or playing tunes up to tempo. In the second post, I explored economy of motion with the right hand by having a loose wrist and using the fingers more when bowing. In this post, I want to say a few…

Bluegrass Daddy

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…

Playing Faster – Part 2

In Playing Faster – Part 1, I listed and touched on six considerations necessary for playing tunes up to tempo. While not an exhaustive list, these six aspects get mentioned frequently and are the ones I will be concentrating on for now. Number one on my list to work on is using my wrist to…

Playing Faster – Part 1

One of the things I struggle with is playing tunes faster, or playing them up to the tempo they are meant to be played. I have read this is one of the hardest things to do, and I have read of many different factors that need to be worked on to increase speed. There is…

Developing Confidence

I received an email from Jason (a.k.a. FiddleHed) about developing confidence which I thought was so good, I decided to share it here. I have read this article before, and it’s valuable links, but as I read it again, it became apparent that I probably should re-read this periodically, especially when I get in a…