A Long Time Ago
in a Fiddle Studio Far Away
Way back when, I used to publish a monthly newsletter, Fiddle Tech Notes. For three or more years, I wrote an article on one aspect of fiddling every month, printed it, and sent it out by postal mail.
Monetarily, it was a break even scheme. The great benefit was the writing I got done, … Read more
Bilem Cabbage Down is a favorite tune, both for fiddlers and for audiences. It has that instant recognition, “Okay! this is a hoedown!”
Most fiddlers will play some variations when performing, but few play a distinct A part and B part.
Yes, there is a B part. For a long time I thought no one else played it. I only heard the A part played … Read more
We got to the stage of building triads from any note in the scale. You benefit from this ability in many ways, creating variations, improvising, getting better intonation. It’s just a matter of practice, doing the same move over and over.
Now come the chord progressions. This is where music theory really gets into action. As you play a tune, you notice that the chords … Read more