When I think of Saint Anne’s Reel, the first person I think of is Tony Rothrock. Tony is a great Guitarist, Mandolinist, and instrument repair guy in southwest Indiana. Tony founded the Indiana State Picking and Fiddling Championships, which I had the opportunity to run with for a few years as well. Tony really is […]
When I first learned Black and White Rag, it was off of the 4 World Champion Fiddlers album that featured Jim “Texas Shorty” Chancellor, Mark O’Connor, Terry Morris, and Benny Thomas. Terry was the one that played Black and White, and I still think love the endings he put on the A Part (2 of […]
After playing our fiddle tune a day at Cafe Bluebird, Robert and I did a quick recording of one of his original tunes, Mockingbird.
14 years ago today was one of the happiest days of my life. It was a day that my life changed forever. For those of you who have children, you know exactly what I mean. I’m not trying to get all sappy here, but your life changes in so many ways when you accept the […]
So much of the time that we spend practicing our violins is spent mindlessly playing through the tune we are working on. This is not just a waste of time; it’s actually counterproductive. You are reinforcing your bad habits, rather than breaking them and creating new habits that will lead you to greater playing success. […]
Forked Deer is a great tune, that I always enjoy playing with Brent Hawley. I originally learned it off of a Buddy Spicher recording where he announced the tune saying, “Look at the rack on that deer!”