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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

Fiddling with Harmonics

Fiddling Harmonics, not Just a Trick

The trick of fiddling  harmonics is common enough, but nowhere is it used more than in the third time through Whistler’s Waltz. We’ll get to that. Let’s start by saying what the harmonic is.

There is a physical property of the vibrating string called the node. That’s a place on the string at whole number divisions where a secondary vibration Read more

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