Hey ! Welcome back! Below, you’ll find links to all the important areas of the Fiddle Jam Institute website. Please feel free to surf around, and definitely let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. <<::>>
Site Tour: introductory video tour showing how the institute is set up, and what the public & our 2 membership levels have permissions to see.
More links and info: Check out the Lesson List first. As a public web surfer or a registered member of our free Fiddle Jam Club, this page will be your best link to access the lessons you are most interested in. There is a listing by category at the top, followed by an alphabetical listing below that (just scroll down a bit), or check out the top 4 categories below. At the very bottom is a running list of future planned lessons… these will be a bit further down the “road” pending some licensing agreements with publishers… but coming soon too!
In general, most lessons at the Fiddle Jam Institute, whenever appropriate, are set up with a “one-room-schoolhouse” (ORSH) approach, where lessons will have multiple layers for the near beginner at the top, and more advanced materials as you scroll down toward the bottom of the page. We’ve found this approach helps broaden the learning experience for all levels… yes, even Twinkle Twinkle can be chopped and jammed!!
Other helpful things to know:
1) All of our finger chart graphics and fingering notation is based on the very popular 1-high2-3-4 first position fingerboard “tape marks” that millions of violin students get when they are just starting out.
2) Lessons are organized into levels where appropriate. These are referenced in a few ways: “Jammer” “level 1” or “Jamming 101” all represent our beginner materials that usually feature our think-as-little-as-possible-but-play-as-much-as-possible approach the Fiddle Jam Method is known for. “Gigger” “Level 2” or “Jamming 102” materials are designed for the intermediate student and require a bit more experience and knowledge, like introducing the concept of switching scales to match the chord changes and other skills that a player who is starting to “gig” will need. “Artist” “Level 3” & “Jamming 103” (and beyond) are best for the more advanced students who probably have some performance experience already. You can do a search for any of these terms directly from the home page search box if you are looking for level-appropriate lesson materials for yourself. As seen in the site tour video above, our All Access Pass members can navigate to these features more directly from their “My Dashboard” login page.
3) Other Fiddle Jam Institute terminology: “Atoodz” = etudes or practice exercises, “Music Mechanics” = Music Theory explained in our easy-to-understand way, “Tek” = technical info (like gear reviews and tutorials) and/or technique oriented lessons, “Tater-ing” = the art of creating back-up parts, often of the double string variety.
Useful Fiddle Jam Institute links:
Founder’s Blog – News, commentary and things of interest.
“My Path” survey – soon to be replaced by an improved (and more automated) system for suggesting lessons for you! Take the present survey if you have the inclination & time, or for now, you can feel free to just email Geoff directly for personalized study suggestions: gfitzhughpATgmail.com (replace the AT with @).
FAQ (frequently asked questions).
I hope that helps. Again, feel free to contact us with your questions! gfitzhughpATgmail.com (replace the AT with @).
Legal Notices about using the FJI website.