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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Music Theory 2 for Fiddlers

We got to the stage of building triads from any note in the scale. You benefit from this ability in many ways, creating variations, improvising, getting better intonation. It’s just a matter of practice, doing the same move over and over.

Now come the chord progressions. This is where music theory really gets into action. As you play a tune, you notice that the chords … Read more

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