Violin Stand

The Safe Violin Stand

The safest place for a violin is a good, sturdy case, resting on the floor inside a room. Some of the riskier places I have seen violins are: lying on the chair that the violinist has been sitting in, hanging from the edge of a music stand, resting on the floor, leaning against an amplifier. Not that I saw a bad … Read more

Improv Licks–Hot and Wild

Get’cha Red Hot Improv Licks

Hot licks make my eyes cross!

Cultivating improv licks is not a beginner move. It’s intermediate or advanced. There are approaches for beginners, including scale patterns, pentatonic patterns, call and response exercises.  Consider anyone who gets serious about improv digs into music theory, chords, progressions, modulations. Along the way with this study comes hot licks and the sources thereof. But … Read more

Fiddler’s Fakebook Reviewed

Looking at The Fiddler’s Fakebook

The Fiddler’s Fakebook by David Brody, published by Oak Publications, has been a mainstay of fiddle groups in Pinellas County. First the Bay Area Fiddlers Association relied on it, back up players as well as fiddlers. It has chord indications for the fiddle tunes. Then, the Wednesday morning group in Dunedin with the guitar players also using it.

Fiddler's Fake Book

At one … Read more