Practice and Tools
Reading Music when You Play the Fiddle
In traditional violin pedagogy reading music is taught right along with learning to play the violin. Books like Tune a Day, String Builder, and All for Strings show the open strings on the music staff first. They have the student play these open strings while looking at the chart for when to change from one string … Read more
Let’s Celebrate the Clean Violin
If you like the sight of an old violin all caked up with rosin, skip this post. This is about keeping a clean violin that looks good and shows you take good care of it.
Not long ago, one of my students came in to the studio, took out her violin and it looked stunning. It shined like a new … Read more
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