Fiddle Instruction

Fiddle Bow Hold

Two Fiddle Bow Holds

There are two bow holds that I’m going to be writing about here. The beginner grip and  the advanced grip. The beginner grip is easy to show, demonstrate and teach. Many Suzuki teachers rely on this grip for beginning students. It’s an easier grip for them. And although I call it a beginner grip, Mark O’Connor used this grip for years … Read more

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Fiddling with Finger Slides

Using Slides to Enhance Your Fiddling

The most common finger slide in fiddling is the quick movement up to the target note. That’s a feature that distinguishes fiddling from violin playing. Not the only one, but easily recognized by both fiddlers and violinists.

I usually teach this move in Angeline the Baker. When I start on the slide lesson, the student has already learned … Read more

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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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