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 first understanding.
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
Here’s the video from my monthly column in iFiddle Magazine for July 2016. Enjoy! Note: you can skip ahead to about the 4 minute mark if you already know how to bow on double strings and want to get to the four levels of difficulty in understanding and being able
May 2016 Here’s the video for my column in iFiddle Magazine for May 2016 on the in’s and out’s of sitting in with a band with your fiddle. It is intended to be a preview of materials and ideas that I will be putting into a course: “The Fiddle
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