Fiddle From Scratch: An Un-Shuffled Guide for the Bowless!

by Dan Levenson
$18.40
sku: 02-22256M
Book with online audio. An excellent introduction to the fiddle and old-time music, giving you a solid foundation on the instrument. Employs a practical teaching style, rather than traditional methods and conventions. A brief history of the fiddle is presented first, followed by a visual overview of the instrument, basic technique and playing style. Twelve jam session tunes are included, along with a commentary on jam session etiquette and an extensive discography of suggested recordings. The audio includes slow and up-to-speed versions of all the exercises and tunes. Beginning/intermediate. 120 pp.   More Details...

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Contents:

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction - Fiddle From Scratch
  • Beginning at the Beginning
  • Basic structure of the book
  • Fiddle Basics
  • Playing Well
  • Knowing your Fiddle and Bow
  • Written Music
  • An Introduction to Standard Notation
  • Tuning I
  • The Open Strings
  • Holding the Fiddle
  • Now the Bow
  • Sitting or standing?
  • Bowing 101
  • The Metronome
  • Whole Notes - Open Strings
  • Half Notes
  • Simple Quarter Notes
  • String Crossing
  • Your First Scale in the Key of D
  • Fingerboard Diagram - key of D
  • Basic D Scale; Extended D Scale
  • The Fiddle Tune and Old Time Music
  • Your First Tune: Spotted Pony

Example 11 - Simple Quarter Note Pony

  • The Rest of the Tunes - The Simple Quarter Note Collection

Angelina Baker (aka Angeline the Baker) - Quarter Note version
Arkansas Traveler - Quarter Note version
Forked Deer - Quarter Note version
Fortune - Simple Quarter Note version
Mississippi Sawyer - Quarter Note version
Old Molly Hare - Quarter Note version
Over the Waterfall - Quarter Note version
Rock the Cradle Joe - Quarter Note version
Soldier's Joy - Quarter Note version
Spotted Pony - Quarter Note version
West Fork Gals - Quarter Note version
Year of Jubilo (aka Lincoln's Gunboats) - Quarter Note version

  • No Shuffling About Now - Introducing eighth notes
  • Eighth Note Scale Take 1
  • The Simple Un-Shuffled Collection

Angelina Baker (aka Angeline the Baker) - Basic Eighth Note version
Arkansas Traveler - Basic Eighth Note version
Forked Deer - Basic Eighth Note version
Fortune - Eighth Note version
Mississippi Sawyer - Basic Eighth Note version
Old Molly Hare - Basic Eighth Note version
Over the Waterfall - Basic Eighth Note version
Rock the Cradle Joe - Basic Eighth Note version
Soldier's Joy - Basic Eighth Note version
Spotted Pony - Basic Eighth Note version
West Fork Gals - Basic Eighth Note version
Year of Jubilo (aka Lincoln's Gunboats) - Basic Eighth Note version

  • The Other Eighth Notes - Back beat rules!
  • Eighth Note Scale Take 2
  • Melodic Eighth Note Collection

Angelina Baker (aka Angeline the Baker) - Melodic Eighth Note version
Arkansas Traveler - Melodic Eighth Note version
Forked Deer - Melodic Eighth Note version
Fortune - Melodic Note version
Mississippi Sawyer - Melodic Eighth Note version
Old Molly Hare - Melodic Eighth Note version
Over the Waterfall - Melodic Eighth Note version
Rock the Cradle Joe - Melodic Eighth Note version
Soldier's Joy - Melodic Eighth Note version
Spotted Pony - Melodic Eighth Note version
West Fork Gals - Melodic Eighth Note version
Year of Jubilo (aka Lincoln's Gunboats) - Melodic Eighth Note version

  • Tuning II
  • Slurs, Slides, the Basic Shuffle and Beyond

Example 15 - Eighth note combinations with Ties
Example 15 - Eighth note combination scales with Slurs

  • The Kitchen Sink Collection

Angelina Baker (Angeline the Baker) - Kitchen sink version
Arkansas Traveler - Kitchen sink version
Forked Deer - Kitchen sink version
Fortune - Kitchen sink version
Mississippi Sawyer - Kitchen sink version
Old Molly Hare - Kitchen sink version
Over the Waterfall - Kitchen sink version
Rock the Cradle Joe - Kitchen sink version
Soldier's Joy - Kitchen sink version
Spotted Pony - Kitchen sink version
West Fork Gals - Kitchen sink version
Year of Jubilo (Lincoln's Gunboats) - Kitchen sink version

  • Key of G - Fingering chart and Scale
  • Whistling Rufus
  • Key of C - Fingering chart and Scale
  • Monkey on A Dogcart
  • Key of A - Fingering chart and Scale
  • Salty River Reel
  • Cross tuning for A - Fingering chart and Scale
  • Salty River Reel - cross tuned
  • Afterward - Final Thoughts
  • Appendix 1 - Playing well with others - Jam Etiquette for the recently clawed
  • Appendix 2 - Listen, listen, listen - A non-comprehensive discography
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  • About Dan