Fiddle Tune a Day

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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 […]

Suzuki and The Fiddler Workshop Videos

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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 […]

Can Fiddler’s and Violinists Play Nice?

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(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, […]

Learn to Play Contest Style Rhythm Guitar from Daniel Carwile

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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 […]

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

Fast Fiddle Fitness Violin Edition

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 […]

Swing Fiddling Workshop – Live on [my] Talent Forge

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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 […]

Perform Like a Pro – Even When You’re Sick

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My good friend, Dr. David Wallace, just posted on the [my] Talent Forge blog about how to achieve peak performance even when you’re sick. He’s doing a whole series on performance psychology, including lessons on preparation, and overcoming stage fright. He also has lots of good tips and tricks on his Youtube Channel. Checkout his […]

Someone Like You – an Odyssey in Persistence (and Patience)

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Nothing is ever as easy as you think it’s going to be. Seldom has this phrase been more true than in the making of this music video. This journey began in the summer of 2011 with a trip to Wizard Academy to participate in the Musician’s Round Table. During my time in Austin, I was […]

How to Put on a Fiddle Contest Successfully

Run a Fiddle Contest Successfully

Fiddle contests have been a big part of my life over the last 25 years. I have played in more fiddle contests than I can count, have judge plenty of them, and even directed a couple of them. I will be the first to admit that Fiddle Contests aren’t the end all/be all of playing […]

Denver Fiddling Workshop with Aarun Carter

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One of my good fiddle friends will be hosting a couple of workshops next weekend in Denver, CO. AND, Aarun will be cohosting a new series of online fiddle workshops with me (sponsored by [my] Talent Forge and FiddleTV) starting in February. Here’s the writeup on her workshops: Join 5 time Colorado State Young Adult […]

Difference Between Fiddle and Violin

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What’s the difference between a violin and a fiddle? This is a question that I am asked at every gig I play. It is also a question that there are a LOT of answers to. Some are funny and some are serious, and I’m going to give you some of each. Funny/Joke Answers. When you […]