Video Lessons

Lessons for Beginning Fiddle Students

Dry and Dusty

Dry and Dusty is an old cowboy tune that puts me in mind of a long ride on horseback through West Texas. You can hear the wide-open space in this one. This is a really good tune for beginners: it’s in the beginner-friendly key of D and moves along at a nice, easy pace — not too fast.

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Lazy John

Lazy John is an old-time fiddle tune that can be played and sung.

It’s also a perfect tune for fiddlers who are just starting out. This tune can be played without ever using your second finger. This version gets a little fancy — I use the second finger once toward the end of the time. But don’t let that throw. The left hand on this tune is very easy.  Jump on in!

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Sail Away Ladies

Sail Away Ladies is a classic bluegrass and old-time fiddle that’s a standard in both worlds. Bluegrassers tend to play this one a touch faster, with fewer double-stops. Old-time players tend to take it a little slower, with more double-stops. Sail Away Ladies is closely related to another tune called Sally Ann.

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About Your Fiddle

Get to Know Your Bow Part 1: An Introduction to the Violin Bow

In this lesson we’ll go over the parts of the bow, what they’re called and how they work. This is a good introduction for students who’ve just opened up the case of the first fiddle and are wondering what to do with that stick that came with it.

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Get to Know Your Bow Part 2: An Introduction to Bow Care and Maintenance

In this lesson we’ll go over the basics of taking care of your bow: how to tighten it, how to loosen it, what to do with rosin and what to do when you break hair.

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