Northern Colorado Fiddle Camp 2014

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It’s time to register for the Fifth Annual Northern Colorado Fiddle Camp! Registration is now open for one of my favorite teaching events of the summer. Cody Stadelmaier and I will be teaching fiddlers of all ages for 5 days at Magnolia Music Studio in Old Town – Fort Collins, CO. Students will receive lessons […]

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 Fiddlers 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 […]

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

The difference between fiddle and violin

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 […]

Essential Improvisation – Workshop Notes

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I just taught a workshop in Denver last weekend for the Scottish Fiddle Club of Colorado, and I thought that the subject matter would be useful to the rest of the world as well. We covered these topics in a lot more detail, but I think that you can get some use out of the […]