Crank Up the Fiddle Coach

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

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Fiddle-Violin FAQ Winner

Fiddle and Violin: all time FAQ Winner

Winner of the most frequently asked question I hear: what is the difference between a violin and a fiddle? The cliche answer: “Nobody cares if you spill beer on a fiddle,” is not satisfying, not funny, and not true. Furthermore, in Time magazine Itzhak Perlman calls his Strad a fiddle. You wouldn’t spill beer on it, though, would Read more

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Fiddle that Cabbage Down

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

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