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.
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.
This book presents a general survey of American Fiddling. The author's intent is to teach the basics of Fiddling by beginning with essential bowings and fingerings, and progressing from simple to more complex renditions of tunes. As Fiddling is an aural tradition and fiddlers from different parts of the country play a given tune in many ways, tunes included in this book are offered only as themselves. The author has attempted to present usable fingerings, bowings and explanations of each of the 49 tunes in this book. The end result is the most widely-used Fiddle-method available! The online audio is in split-track format, allowing the fiddler to play with the Fiddle solo, Guitar and/or Fiddle accompaniment, or both! Contains every tune in the book.
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.
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.
The tunes in this tutor are mostly well known and this will encourage ear playing as well as reading.Exercises and photographs are included to help overcome difficulties found in the tunes. There are no age barriers in fiddling and this book is suitable for all beginners. Soundtrack included.
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.
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.
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.
This volume builds on the techniques explained in Children's Fiddling Method Volume 1. While created with children in mind, this book is equally well suited for adults, violinists, and string teachers. 2 Cd's included.
Philip John Berthoud's Irish Fiddle Playing has been carefully designed to make the personal aspects of traditional Irish fiddle playing, improvisation and interpretation, accessible to novice players.
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.
With You Can Teach Yourself Fiddling, veteran Mel Bay author, Craig Duncan, has produced an excellent book for the beginning fiddler. Its 36 lessons teach basic techniques through specific exercises and traditional fiddle tunes.
Killer Technique: Fiddle presents exercises designed to develop fluid left hand and bow technique. The exercises reinforce fundamental playing movements and stretch the reader's command of the instrument.
Tutor books for violin / fiddle at Eagle Music Shop.