Reading Fiddle Tab Explained

How to Read Fiddle Tab Made Easy

If you are going to read fiddle tab, or violin tablature, know this: it’s so easy a six year old child can learn the basics in five minutes. I know this because I have seen it in the teaching studio again and again.

Shortnin Bread or Bilem Cabbage Down are two very good first fiddle tunes. I used Read more

Patience for Fiddling

Learn Fiddling–Learn Patience


Patience: the capacity to tolerate difficulty without getting frustrated.

“Patience, hard thing! The hard thing but to pray,

But bid for, Patience is!” Gerard Manley Hopkins

In our material world, the virtue of patience has taken a real beating. And we fiddlers, we musicians, need it more than ever. There are cringe worthy examples of impatience in the news daily. Read more

Learn Fiddle Tips–Little Book of Talent

Five Crushing Tips for Learning Fiddle

The Talent Code, by Daniel Coyle, was published in 2009 and became a New York Times best seller. I remember reading it and talking it up with my students and colleagues as tips to learn fiddle. It revealed the concept of deep practice. And related that deep practice to “hotbeds” of talent development.

The book revealed how myelin wraps Read more