Remembering Vassar Clements

Vassar Clements–Virtuoso Fiddler

Remembering when a friend called me with the news that Vassar Clements had passed away….Today I’m recalling that phenomenon of the Music Spirit that we called Vassar.

On just a few occasions I was able to get right next to Vassar while he was playing. I watched and listened closely, just drinking it in.

Vassar Clements sitting down in between performance
Vassar Clements looks like he’s thinking about music
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Bow Grooves and Shuffles

Fiddle Grooves–Bow Shuffles

What kind of shuffles can you do with the bow? That question came up recently. I started putting a project together called Bow Grooves and Shuffles…Here are some of the components.

Barn Dance Band doesn’t need music stands

1 Accents. You are not going to get anywhere until you have the ability to place an accent on the note you play. My … 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