Fiddling Call and Response

Call and Response on the Fiddle

Gandy dancers demonstrating their skill at the Florida Folk Festival
Gandy dancers demonstrating their skill at the Florida Folk Festival. Call and response evolved from labor.

Not many years ago I was at the Florida folk festival at the same time as Darol Anger. I had not met him at that time, as I did at the Mike Block String Camp. I was hanging out with the crowd that … Read more

Memorizing Fiddle Tunes

Memorizing Music on Fiddle

Memorize the tune, enjoy the fun

You often hear the advice that we should sing our tunes to memorize them. I would say this advice is ignorable and dismissed by most students, who  do not like to sing, even by themselves.

I use a simple process to memorize tunes. And I teach this to my students. It seems they will not do this drill unless I seriously … Read more

Fiddler and Violin Care 101

Basic Fiddle Care as If It Were a Violin

The source of the fiddle care quotes is Strings Magazine Guide to Common Sense Instrument Care. This is a 32 page booklet I got for $4.95 from Strings Magazine. It was published 1990. Sub Titled,  “How to Look After Your Violin (or Viola or Cello) and Bow.”


For the sake of completeness i have included Read more