Fiddle / Violin Tutor Books
The award-winning Absolute Beginners method has been designed to make learning the Fiddle (Violin) easier than ever before!
Step-by-step pictures take you from first day exercises to playing your first complete songs.
A valuable and handy reference text for any fiddler. Contains scales and studies, modes, chord studies, bowing, vibrato, introductions, endings, patterns, licks, and etudes in the keys of G,A,B,C,E,F,B-flat, E-flat,A-flat,D-flat, and F sharp! Companion CD is split-track.
A comprehensive tutor for both the absolute beginner and more advanced players who wish to develop their fiddling technique. Contains everything you need to know about the Irish fiddle, including scales, exercises and discussions on such areas as bowing and ornamentation, with a collection of 85 easy to play tunes, jigs, and reels.
In his preface, the author reminds the reader that this is not a book for the absolute beginner. Even the experienced player may not "get it" on first reading a given tune, but "You can expect to enjoy the process of learning...[and experience] the joy of recreating a traditional tune, of making it your own." This is the teacher/student pact in effect throughout this marvellous book, written for the literary as much as the musical connoisseur. Although no classical Violin experience is needed, you will need to know how to hold the Fiddle and bow, and be able to play at least simple tunes in the first position.
A complete beginner's guide to traditional fiddle styles. Learn authentic techniques while playing melodies. Includes techniques on the single shuffle, playing blues, double stops, how to buy a fiddle and how to read music.
Designed for beginning fiddle students, these 36 lessons present basic techniques by applying them to fiddle tunes. Reading music is unnecessary, as the lessons are explained step by step, and fingerings are given for every note. Each version builds on the previous one and helps students to create their own arrangements
The Fiddle Chord Chart explores Major, Minor, Major 6, Minor 6, Dominant 7th, Diminished, Diminished 7th, and Augmented chords. For each chord quality, several voicings or ways to play the chord are illustrated with easy-to-read fingerboard diagrams. These diagrams display 2-note, 3-note, and 4-note foundational and functional voicings and can be used as a resource for harmony building on the fiddle.
Teach yourself authentic bluegrass. Clear instructions from a professional; basics, bowing and left hand techniques, solos, backup, personal advice on performance and much more. Plus a complete section on the best bluegrass songs and tunes to learn from. The audio contains demos of the examples contained in the book and backing tracks for several songs.
Improvise with more expression and freedom in bluegrass and related styles. These ideas, exercises, and etudes will help you expand your palette of improvisational techniques and sounds. Develop your fingerboard versatility, and master harmonic and rhythmic ideas on the Violin.
The CD has demonstration and play-along tracks, performed by an all-star bluegrass band. You will learn to build solos using techniques such as: uncovering a melody's most defining notes, and using them in a new context; reharmonizing chords and changing modes; breaking down, rearranging and varying melodic and rhythmic cells; using position shifts, string crossings and double stops; drawing from tetrachords, guide-tone lines, and other constructs.
Fiddle Tunes for Banjo Made Easy is a collection of must-know, easy-to-learn bluegrass instrumental standards. Ross records each song at three speeds and also includes a rhythm backup track. The slow speed is ideal for hearing the notes clearly and being able to play along in rhythm; the medium speed is a perfect goal for the beginning and intermediate student while the faster speed demonstrates what the song can sound like with a hard, driving push. The tablature is large for ease of reading and includes accent marks for melody notes where needed. Ross also provides tips and suggestions for each song to save you valuable practice time. These are tips on the more challenging spots that Ross has learned firsthand from teaching these privately for many years.
Jazz Fiddle Wizard is a book/CD set tailored for string players who want to learn to improvise in the jazz tradition. The book contains practical theory lessons, presenting rhythms and scales that are immediately put to use. Concepts are introduced progressively, requiring comprehension of previously introduced techniques and terminology. Each lesson includes a theory section and an exercise or performance section.
A comprehensive guide to playing the fiddle, in bluegrass and country styles, from Gene Lowinger, who has played with Bill Monroe. With 29 bluegrass and 14 traditional tunes.
The art of traditional fiddle playing by Matt Cranitch. A comprehensive tutor covering all aspects of Irish fiddle playing, dance music and slow air playing. The book contains an introductory section for beginners and detailed musical transcriptions. A section of 101 traditional tunes for all musicians. Cd included.
This is the ultimate self-teaching method designed to offer quality instruction, terrific songs, and 86 professional quality recorded full-demo tracks. It can be used by students who want to teach themselves or by teachers for private or group instruction. Simply follow the tips and lessons in the book as you listen to the teacher on the recordings. This book includes over 70 great songs and covers: assembly and care for the instrument; how to produce sound; reading music notation and rhythms; fingering chart; glossary of musical terms. Audio is accessed online using the access code inside the book.
is book introduces children to bluesy violin techniques in a ground-breaking way that is both structured and fun. You will learn to slide the fingers using exercises and original composition that move from simple to intermediate levels. Suitable for adults as well. Includes access to online audio.