Pentatonic Scales the Easy Way

Your First Pentatonic Scale Is Here

Pentatonic scales and patterns are covered in so many online lessons and videos, why would I even bother to write about them? The difference here is that nothing will be added to the pentatonic scale, no blues notes, no alternate notes. Not right now.

And the other thing is, we are beginning right at the starting gate and taking … Read more

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Power to the Fiddle Tune List

Getting the Most out of Your Fiddle Tune List

My first fiddle tune list was stored in my fiddle case. It listed the tunes I could play. My intention was to have the list handy when meeting new musicians to play fiddle tunes with. There were not a great many tunes on the list, maybe three dozen at most.

In those early days of fiddling … Read more

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Announcing: Fiddler Loose Wrist Secret Revealed

How to Have the Fiddler’s Loose Wrist

The secret of the fiddler’s loose wrist is…the fingers! When you gain flexibility in your fingers holding the bow, the wrist must also become flexible.

There are two exercises recommended by violin instructors for achieving this. That is, teachers use one or the other of the two, usually not both. Recently, Lauren Rioux demonstrated the one I don’t … Read more

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