Ragtime Annie has come our way thanks to a member’s request of her favorite tune! I have quite a few audio lesson and play-along tracks below, starting with a talk-thru and super-slow version (1 & 2). Always an excellent reference, the Fiddler’s FakeBook (Oak Publications) has a version that I’ve
Learning by the feeling it gives you.
Grading improv… isn’t that anti-improv?? As an educator, it’s a strange thing… if improvisation is simply making stuff up, then it logically follows that you should be allowed to do anything you want and nothing is really “wrong” …right?? But what if you are a teacher, teaching improvisation, and need
I stumbled onto this Gamalon footage from 1988 today. That’s me on a home-made violin I called EVI (minus the gray hair we see today!). I had probably been in the band about a year at this point, but you can readily hear how developed our sound was even in
Here’s a new one I created in GarageBand for a student’s Call & Answer session recently. It worked very well for her! This particular student is a super-smart teen who is going to college early and has a very developed left/logical side of her brain… so much so that she
Here’s my April 2016 column for iFiddle Magazine called “Swamp Fiddle.” What’s Swamp Fiddle you may ask? It’s my favorite! Watch the videos to find out! Promotional Video: Join our free Fiddle Jam Club to see the whole lesson! It’s free! Just click here.Here’s my April 2016
I first created this jam-along track for inclusion in a lesson I did for iFiddle Magazine on the Magic of Blues Scales. It is “in-the-style-of” the great electric violin icon Jean Luc Ponty and a rough take-off of the tune “Sunset Drive” on his “Taste for Passion” album (with
Here’s a tune that I’ve become a bit enamored with lately. It is the first section of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, the 2nd Movement. I of course, had heard it many times before, but it didn’t really get on my radar for our uses here until hearing a Bashar (the spirit