I would love to get a real live teacher, but that is not part of the budget right now, so I started looking at video online courses as the next best thing. Like choosing a fiddle, there are a lot of choices out there, but more on this in my next “Learning to Play” post.
While searching, I came across a website called Native Ground Books & Music and an article called How Difficult is it to Play the Fiddle/ Violin? It talked about why some folks say that the fiddle is the most difficult instrument to learn and addressed talent, confidence and instruction, and the different ways to learn the fiddle.
Part of the article discussed the book: Old-Time Fiddle for the Complete Ignoramus! The ‘Ignoramus’ book consists of:
- Friendly, informal, funny writing style
- Simple, clear, straightforward instruction
- Large font size to make reading the book easier
- Simple, great-sounding arrangements of 37 old-time tunes
- Vintage photographs of old fiddlers
- Standard musical notation plus a unique easy tab system
- Tips on everything from tuning, to patting your foot to improvising
- A CD that plays the 37 tunes slow and fast
I read the dozen or so very positive reviews and found out that this is the #1 selling fiddle book in America. It is for the total beginner who wants to learn the old time fiddle. Absolutely no previous experience needed. It deals with every step of adjusting, tuning, holding and yes, playing your fiddle. Appalachian, old-time, bluegrass and folk tunes are written out in the author’s easy and unique tab system for those who don’t read music, and in standard musical notation for those who do. It claims to make it easier and a lot of fun. Included is an instructional audio CD, plus complete lyrics to all 37 tunes. Spiralbound paperback, 9″ x 12″, 80 pages. It is available for about $22 online.
I purchased a copy. I will write more about this book with a review of my own as time goes by. If you are interested in picking up a copy, consider using my link to Amazon. Whatever commission I make goes directly back into maintaining this website. Thank you.