Art of Fiddling
This is a collection of lessons, modules, and mini-courses designed to take your fiddling to the next level. You’ll learn new scales, bowing techniques and practice strategies. You’ll also learn things that prepare you for improvisation, adding variation, playing chords and more.
How To Make Scales Fun
The secret to practice is enjoyment, and the secret to enjoying music more is to practice.
Let’s learn how to make scales SUPER-FUN. Scales are like simple tunes. If you practice adding variation and expression to these, then it will be natural for you to do this on tunes, songs and whatever you play.
Rhythmic scale variation
- Lesson: Rhythmic Scale Variation I
- Lesson: Fiddling with Patterns / How to alter simple patterns to make scales fun
- Lesson: Syncopated Scales / Playing the offbeats.
Melodic scale variation
Melodic scale variation is the addition of little patterns to scales. This will better your technique, allow you to learn tunes more easily and give you ideas for improvisation. If you practice melodic variation, you’ll start to hear the scale in the tune.
- Interval Scale / A good warmup scale for beginners
- Melodic Variation On Scales
- Eight-Note Patterns
- Triad scales
- Chordal Scales
- Full Range Scales for Free Range Fiddlers
- Fourth Finger Double Stops
Bowing and textural variation
- Lesson: Texture Scale Variation
- Lesson: Staccato
- Lesson: Bouncing bow
- Lesson: Plucking Tips
Here are some tuneful fiddle exercises. The idea is to work on a specific technique, but to do it in the form of a fiddle tune. The exercises are modular. This means they are laid out for you to practice in 1-bar, 2-bar, 4-bar, and 8-bar chunks.
Adding Variation to Tunes
How to Play On Songs
Here are some lessons which explore how to add something nice to songs. My fiddlosophy: listen deeply to what the song wants you to do. Don’t fill up space just because you can.