Category Archives: Beginning Fiddle Tune

Grass Seeds Academy Bluegrass Jam Camp for Kids

Grass Seeds Music Academy Recital 2016

It’s that time of year again, when I — along with The High 48s — get to mentor the talented kids at MBOTMA’s Grass Seeds Academy!

Grass Seeds is a weekend-long bluegrass jam camp that takes place during the annual MBOTMA Winter Bluegrass Weekend, March 1-3 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth, MN.

This is a workshop for young musicians ages 8-18 who play acoustic guitar, banjo, bass, dobro, fiddle/violin/viola or mandolin and are interested in learning to play bluegrass with others in a fun and relaxed setting!

The High 48s Teaching Bluegrass at Grass Seeds Music Academy

The kids will learn the ins and outs of playing bluegrass music in a group, with sessions covering their individual instruments, lead and harmony vocal singing, arranging songs and even performing in a group around a microphone.

The weekend culminates with a main-stage performance by all of the student bands and we guarantee you will be blown away with how far these kids come in just a few short days!

No bluegrass experience is required to join Grass Seeds, just an instrument and a willingness to learn!

This year The High 48s will be joined by fiddle instructor Jillian Rae and mandolinist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Chris Silver, who will be leading Grass Seeds 2 (GS2), a contemporary bluegrass group for advanced students.

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Shove the Pig’s Foot a Little Further into the Fire — Fiddle Duet

Here’s a duet fiddle arrangement of the classic old-time fiddle tune “Shove the Pig’s Foot a Little Further into the Fire.” Within the next couple weeks, I’ll be uploading a companion video lesson where I’ll show you how to take the basic melody of a fiddle tune (this one, in particular) and add double-stops, slides…Continue Reading

Learn to Read Notes on Fiddle or Violin in 15 Minutes!

In this lesson, true to its title, I’m going to teach you how to read music on the fiddle or violin in about fifteen minutes. No kidding. Really. This is a streamlined approach to note-reading that will teach you only what you need to know to play your first couple of beginning tunes. Usually, when…Continue Reading