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String Band Arranging by Joe Walsh

String Band Arranging Basics

Arranging for string band is woefully underrated. Most string band arrangements are plain vanilla. Everybody plays at the same time from beginning to end. The purpose of flavorful arranging is, as Joe Walsh says, “to stave off boredom.”Joe K Walsh, mandolinist and string band arranger

He was one of the music wizards i got to work with at the Mike Block String Camp. I’m a little embarrassed … Read more

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Path to Fiddling Enjoyment

The Path to Enjoying Your Fiddling

Fiddling enjoyment has been on my mind from the first days of beginning to teach. I would always advise a beginner to find a tune they liked to play. Then, play that one first. As in, “Life is short. Eat dessert first.” But, how to get there as soon as possible. Here is a story as an example.


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Learn Fiddle Intonation

Get Good Intonation in Your Fiddle Tunes

The topic of fiddle intonation reminds me of a time, back in the 1980’s, when I put on an event with other string players at a local venue, Boatyard Village. We had an idea for a themed concert. We called it “Dawg Jam.” We played some David Grisman pieces and other fiddle tunes.

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