Videos with Eric Hansen


I had a great time playing a couple of shows in Denver with the extra-talented singer songwriter, Eric Hansen. The Saturday night show at the WashPark Center for Music and Arts was recorded and posted to Youtube. It’s not all that Fiddle-ish, but it’s really fun music. About half of the songs we played I […]

New CD – Bring the Dark by Daniel Whittington


I want to introduce all of you to a good friend of mine, Daniel Whittington. Daniel is a great musician who has a knack for bringing out the sadness in any song. His latest album, Bring the Dark is a collection of masterfully arranged cover tunes. You are sure to find a few that are your […]

Violin Wedding Rings

violin wedding rings

Photo by Christina Gressianu Photographer As most of you know, I’m a bit of a violin nerd. And, when I say I’m a bit of a violin nerd, it’s more like full blown fiddle/violin nerd. If I go a few days without playing my fiddle, I start getting grumpy. Last weekend, while I was judging […]

Pete Martin adds Mandolin to [my] Talent Forge

Pete Martin Mandolin Lessons

I am super excited to welcome Pete Martin to [my] Talent Forge. I have known Pete since I was a teenager at Weiser, and Pete’s Waltz was one of the hottest waltzes at Weiser. 20 year’s later, Pete is well known around the fiddling and Mandolin world, and his namesake waltz is still as popular […]

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 […]

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 […]

Perform Like a Pro – Even When You’re Sick


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)


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 […]