FJI 101 Course

Fiddle Jam 101
Want to be able to sit in with the band, but don’t know where to start? Feel intimidated and/or frustrated as you back into the shadows while others seem to have fun as they magically add parts they create on the spot, even if they don’t know the song? Or, just feel like your music education missed something when all you were taught to do was “play from the page?” ...never fear, Fiddle Jam is here!! <<::>> Fiddle Jam 101: Jammer Level Course. The original way-cool EZ way, Fiddle Jam Method, from the beginning! Crack open the door to your creative self! Have fun while learning how to improvise to simple “one-scale-fits-all” backing tracks in a variety of styles including Rock n Roll, Swing, Blues, Country, Folk, Cajun, Celtic, Latin, and more! Tons of positive encouragement! <<::>> Course topics include: “Fiddle-Friendly” major scales, blues scales, and EZ “Tater-ing” (improvising back-up parts), applied to the tracks and then later, to some easy songs. <<::>> Great for the “near-beginner”* who would like the develop a life-long creative foundation or, the Hobbyist who desires to expand beyond the same old songs they’ve been playing for years, or the Classical cross-over student who just wants to loosen up and get “hip!” <<::>> This course will cover the materials from the original Hal Leonard Corp. “Fiddle Jam, a way-cool easy way to learn how to improvise” book & CD but also go into much more detail and depth going “beyond the book.” <<::>> *“near-beginner”* = a student who knows at least their first 3 open string-based major scales (G, D, & A for violin/mandolin, C, G, & D for cello & viola) that are often learned in the first few months of experience. These super common symmetrical two-string fingering patterns, we call “EZ-Zones,” are the cornerstone to learning how to improvise with the Fiddle Jam Method, and encourage the new improviser into a non-thinking, more creative & authoritative state (the desired goal for improvisation) much earlier in the student’s development. **New to version 2.0 non-sequential random access to the modules and units, and a one-price=lifetime access to all FJ101 course materials... even if the materials are updated later! Thanks for your support! Purchase of the original book is not necessary to participate fully in this course (though it is also available from our school store). I hope you enjoy learning the cool stuff - the EZ way!
Module 1 FJ101 Introduction Section  
A few things before we get started... How to use the materials, fingering chart ledger, viola and cello adaptations, lesson and course format info, wit & wisdom essays, homework, quizzes and grading... is grading improvisation possible???
Unit 1 FJ101 - Welcome to the Fiddle Jam 101 Course! Copy
Unit 2 FJ101 - Q & A's Before We Get Started
Unit 3 FJ101 - How to Use the Course Materials
Unit 4 FJ101 - Violin Fingering Chart and Ledger
Unit 5 FJ101 - Viola Fingering Adaptation Charts
Unit 6 FJ101 - Cello Adaptation Fingering Charts
Unit 7 FJ101 - About my Example Performances
Unit 8 How to embed your video in FJi comment forms
Unit 9 FJ101 - Wit & Wisdom - A Sound Environment
Unit 10 FJ101 - Wit & Wizdom - The Good Soil
Module 2 FJ101 - The Major Scale Section  
Most beginning violin students already know a major scale or two. It's one of the first things we learn after Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Hot cross Buns and Mary Had a Little Lamb, or other such songs. Major scales are very wholesome and familiar sounding. You've probably heard the notes sung as Do, Re, Me, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do, at one time or another. Major Scale are called "Major" because they're a really BIG DEAL. Most things you learn about music will be based on them. Many think the scale is a bit too sweet and plain sounding for rock n roll, but you'll be able to do some cool things with it playing to these lesson examples.
Unit 1 FJ101 - Welcome to the Major Scale Section!
Unit 2 FJ101 - The Rarest Rose
Unit 3 FJ101 - G Jam
Unit 4 FJ101 - D Major Jam
Unit 5 FJ101 - Raven's Daughter
Unit 6 FJ101 - Le Bomb
Unit 7 FJ101 - Spiral Travels
Unit 8 FJ101 - Cajun Waltz
Unit 9 FJ101 - Contra Dance
Unit 10 FJ101 - Violin Vs. Fiddle
Unit 11 FJ101 - Gabriels Gate
Unit 12 FJ101 Wit & Wisdom - Oh Yeah... and don’t forget to breathe!
Unit 13 FJ101 Module 2 Quiz
Unit 14 FJ101 - Module 2 Homework
Module 3 FJ101 - The 0-1-3 Blues Scale Section  
I would've put this Module first, but skipping fingers is sometimes a technical hang-up for those just starting out. Nevertheless, I find that students quickly acclimate to skipping the second finger with a little preperatory practice. Many find it even easier than major and definitely easier to get to the non-thinking state of mind. Just remember that this is a "less is more" kind of scale, so be prepared to keep it simple and have some FUN!
Unit 1 FJ101 - 0-1-3 Blues Scale Section
Unit 2 FJ101 - E Funki
Unit 3 FJ101 - E12
Unit 4 FJ101 - Wit and Wisdom - Play What You Are
Unit 5 FJ101 - B Tuff
Unit 6 FJ101 - B Gone
Unit 7 FJ101 - Wit & Wisdom - Mary and the Rhythm Kings
Unit 8 FJ101 - Anatomy of the Blues Scale
Unit 9 FJ101 - Relative Major of Blues Scale
Unit 10 FJ101 - E minor Piano Funk
Unit 11 FJ101 - E minor A-Toodz
Unit 12 FJ101 - B minor A-toodz
Unit 13 FJ101 Module 3 Quiz
Unit 14 FJ101 - Module 3 Homework
Module 4 FJ101 - The 0-L2-3 Section  
Some think this EZ-Zone fingering is even easier than Major and the 0, 1, 3 blues scale examples. After getting used to skipping the first finger (admittedly an odd sensation at first), it feels very fundamentally "grounded" to put the tonic note on an open string (like our major scale examples), but also still fun and rebellious like the minor pentatonic/blues scale that it is.
Unit 1 FJ101 - Module 4 - 0-Low2-3 EZ-Zone
Unit 2 FJ101 - G Swing
Unit 3 FJ101 - Moon Diggin
Unit 4 FJ101 - Wit & Wisdom - Obedience to the Master, Greatness & Showing Off
Unit 5 FJ101 - Basic 12 bar Blues in D
Unit 6 FJ101 - 12 Bar Blues Phrasing
Unit 7 FJ101 Module 4 Quiz
Unit 8 FJ101 - Module 4 Homework
Module 5 FJ101 - The A Blues Combination EZ-Zone Section  
Check it out! the A Blues scale has TWO, yes count 'em, two (2) EZ-Zones on the violin! 0-1-3 on the G & D strings AND 0-L2-3 on the A and E strings. Of course, this is improvising, so you can do anything you want with them (see * below), but the flowing combination of the two will help you to sound "most masterful" over these examples. *Re: "anything you want," including staying within just one of the "zones," staying on just one string, one note, or I suppose, no notes at all if you choose! - though I don't recommend that. Silence is "golden" and a necessary part of music of course, but let's say that you have to play at least one note for it to be improvising. OK? ;~)
Unit 1 FJ101 - Module 5 Webinar
Unit 2 FJ101 - A Potters Wheel
Unit 3 FJ101 - Blue Suit in a Roadhouse Bar of 12
Unit 4 FJ101 - Irish Seaman
Unit 5 FJ101 - Stagefright Stages
Unit 6 FJ101 - A Blues = C Major Pentatonic
Unit 7 FJ101 - C Major Loop Jam
Unit 8 FJ101 Module 5 Quiz
Unit 9 FJ101 - Module 5 Homework
Module 6 FJ101 - The Boogie Woogie Back-Ups Section  
Unfortunately, we really can't just go "nuts" all the time! It may seem fun for a while (especially when you are just starting out) and important to get things "under your belt" (or is that under your FINGERS?), but in the end it's just plain boring for the poor audience and other fellow jammers to have one person keep playing and playing and never shut up! ...just like people who talks too much! So what to do? Does this mean that we must just stand there and listen to others jam as they take their turns? Listening is a GREAT thing, but we don't have to necessarily just stand there with our fingers up our noses either! We just have to simplify a bit and change what we pay to a more supportive role. The Boogie Woogie (B.W.) pattern is a fun and easy way to accomplish this. In this module we'll learn the basic and "fancy" BW patterns and well as a few other twists before incorporating them into your jamming.
Unit 1 FJ101 - Module 6 Webinar
Unit 2 FJ101 - The Boogie Woogie Back-Ups Section
Unit 3 FJ101 - Boogie Woogie Patterns
Unit 4 FJ101 - The Basic Boogie Woogie Blues
Unit 5 FJ101 - The Fancy Boogie Woogie Blues
Unit 6 FJ101 - Shuffle Rhythm
Unit 7 FJ101 - Fancy Boogie Woogie Blues - Shuffle
Unit 8 FJ101 - Low 2 Boogie Woogie Patterns
Unit 9 FJ101 - Low 2 Boogie Woogie Blues
Unit 10 FJ101 - Zydeco
Unit 11 FJ101 - Gig Etiquette and the Real World
Unit 12 FJ101 Module 6 Quiz
Unit 13 FJ101 - Module 6 Homework
Module 7 FJ101 - The Tune Section  
Though tis course is not really about SONGS, it IS about improvising over, under, or with songs, so this module is all about a putting it all together: song melodies, back-ups and jamming. No worries if you are a music non-reader, as, besides standard "staff" notation, I have also included other ways for you to learn the melodies (like Fiddler's tab, note names/finger numbers, by sight and ear). This is where is gets real. Have fun!
Unit 1 FJ101 - Module 7 Webinar
Unit 2 FJ101 - The Fiddle Jam Blues
Unit 3 FJ101 - Bile Them Cabbage Down
Unit 4 FJ101 - The Bouncy Blues
Unit 5 FJ101 - Clinch Mountain Back-Step
Unit 6 FJ101 - Stormy Monday Blues
Unit 7 FJ101 - Jammin by Bob Marley
Unit 8 FJ101 - Module 7 Homework
Module 8 FJ101 - Closing in on the path to Nirvana  
(No, not the band Nirvana, I mean the place within your soul!).... Well, I hope that I've helped you to get started on the path to rock n roll improvising! May it bring you a lifetime of fiddle jamming joy! Check out these final thoughts, approaches, philosophies, and concepts before downloading yoru completion certificate. Thanks for participating in making the world a better place, with more creative people (YOU) in it!
Unit 1 FJ101 - Module 8 Closing Webinar
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