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Fiddle Tune a Day

Last October, I was inspired to make a go at the National Fiddle Contest in Weiser, ID. I haven’t been to Weiser since 2002, and if I’m going to make the trek, I want to make it worth my while. So, I started thinking about what can I do to make sure that I am […]

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Suzuki and The Fiddler Workshop Videos

I want you to work on developing your ear by playing along with these tunes without sheet music. It’s an extra challenge for you that will pay-off by making it easier for you to learn tunes in the future. Soldier’s Joy Basic – Melody I want you to all learn the basic melody to Soldier’s […]

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Can Fiddler’s and Violinists Play Nice?

(2nd Annual Suzuki and the Fiddler Workshop) Last summer, I had the pleasure of teaching with a 1-day workshop with 2 great Suzuki Teachers, Everett Goodwin and Emily Bowman. The Suzuki and the Fiddler workshop was a part of the Project Youth and Chamber Music Festival, organized by Jephta Bernstein. It was a great experience, […]

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Learn to Play Contest Style Rhythm Guitar from Daniel Carwile

Daniel Carwile is one of my favorite fiddlers. If you don’t know who Daniel is, you should. You can read about him on his [my] Talent Forge Teacher Profile. And if I were to choose my favorite rhythm guitar players in the world, Daniel would be among my top 3. Daniel’s timing is superb, and […]

Fast Fiddle Fitness Violin Edition

New eBook – Fast Fiddle Fitness – Exercises Stretches and Warmups for String Musicians

I have been interested in health for a very long time, but I started thinking about it in terms of playing music when I was a freshman at the University of Evansville attempting to double major in Viola Performance and Computer Engineering. I had a friend. We’ll call her Suzy. Suzy hadn’t practiced much in […]

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Swing Fiddling Workshop – Live on [my] Talent Forge

I’m really excited by how [my] Talent Forge is beginning to take shape. We are launching a bi-monthly series of workshops that will be hosted as a live streaming event and Google hangout on the [my] Talent Forge website. These workshops will be held at 4:00PM on the last Sunday of even months at 4:00PM […]