Newsletter Late May 2016

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Welcome to another installment of the Fiddle Jam Club Newsletter! 

Welcome newest club members: Ronald, Ingrid, Paula, Desiree, Ramon, Samantha, Geni, Martin, Ronnie, Gabriela, Gaby, Marie, Bonnie, Pat, Dan Carol Carlos, & Steve!!!

May you all have many joyful and happy jams!

Newsletter Topics Below
1)  Featured Lesson of the Month: Jammin by Bob Marley, 2) News: The Florida Folk Festival 3) Free Download in the School Store 4) Opening the iFiddle column vault.


1) Featured Lesson of the Month: People seem to be enjoying last month’s featured lesson of Bob Marley’s “Jammin‘” so I think I’ll extend it’s All Access coding for everyone for a bit yet.

Re-post for our newest members:

Jammin’ is an iconic tune in the Reggae style.  Maybe you’ve never heard of or even thought of violin in Reggae music? But, yes, violin, our most expressive and beloved instrument, can really play any style!  

The melody, as written, is really quite simple.  Bob Marley never sang it the same twice, so this version is more or less a consolidation and fiddle jam-izing of the “best of” so, if your reading skills are not so great yet, don’t sweat it, just interpret the notes the best way you can in your own version!  Improvisation/Jamming can easily be done with a B Blues scale 0-1-3 fingering on the A & E strings.  You’ll hear my example in the video.  Jam along with me!  You’d be surprised at what you can pickup via osmosis by doing this!  ;~))

Navigate to the the full access version of this lesson here: Jammin

2) FIDDLE JAM NEWS: I’m headed to the Florida Folk Festival today to accompany a couple of my private students in a fiddling contest.  I’m told that this Festival is the longest running Folk Festival in the country (USA)!  I’ll see what there might be to report about any insights I might get and tips on participating in this kind of event.  

 3) 8 EZ-Zone Free download: I’ve just added one of the free downloads that came with my latest iFiddle column to our FJi School Store.  It features the eight most popular and easiest fingering patterns that you will find in 1000’s of fiddle tunes and jams!  Get your free copy here.

4) As referenced above, many of you know that I’ve been doing a monthly column for my friend Mike Spear’s iFiddle Magazine.  We’ve made a couple decisions recently.  One, that for the next issue (June) I’ll do a lesson on Fiddle Fingerboard Visualization, and how knowing your way around visually and internalizing it can help you while playing over chords and picking things out by ear.  Two, previously, we’ve kept the video lessons I’ve done for him listed as “private” on YouTube so only our subscribers could view them, and now we’ll “open the vault” to the public.

Check these out if you haven’t already:

The Sit-In Situation

Swamp Fiddle

Chording Basics

Blues Scale Magic

Johnny Gimble Tribute

Scales, Arpeggios, and Practice

Gypsy Sound

You can always check out the Fiddle Jam Institute YouTube Channel if interested too.  Also, “liking” our Facebook page is helpful to promotion as well.

Check out the newest lessons posts (they are always listed at the bottom of each page on the site!)

If you have any questions or comments, please feel very free to post them below.  I love to hear from you!

Talk soon!


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Remember, if you ever want off of this list, just let me know!  I’m not looking to spam anyone with unwanted inbox intrusions.  I’ll most likely be sending this out a couple times a month as we head into this new phase… maybe just a little more when there’s something new going on.  Till next time!


FJI Newsletter, Late May 2016

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