1.1 Inner Peace and the Art of Bowing
One thing I like about music is the way it sounds.
In this first module, we’ll learn some FUNdamentals: Posture, tuning and bowing on open strings. However, when we practice our goal is simply to make a nice sound. This can be a very enjoyable part of your fiddle journey. Just try to enjoy making a good (not perfect) sound.
Even if you have been playing for a few months (or longer), you may benefit from watching some of these fundamental lessons. Sometimes certain techniques and skills get skipped or are not covered as thoroughly as they should be especially if you’re learning online.
- Play every day for at least twenty minutes. Ten if you’re extremely busy.
- Be able to play a nice sound with simple back and forth bowing.
- Be able to play rhythms and string changing patterns.
- Practice exercise loops and at least two duets with play along tracks for timing and feel.
Lessons & Practice
- Lesson: Posture and Hold
- Lesson: How To Tune the Fiddle
- Lesson: Plucked Up
- Lesson: Introduction to Bowing
- Lesson: String Crossing
- Practice: Call-and-response Exercises 1.1
Use this to keep track of your practice. The workbook is also visible at the bottom of all core technique and tune lessons.
Master Practice List
Suggested Weekly Practice
- Read: How To Practice Consistently.
- Take the lesson : Posture and Hold.
- Take the lesson : How To Tune the Fiddle.
- Take the lesson: Introduction to Bowing.
- Take the lesson: Tone Building.
- Take the lesson: String Crossing.
- Review exercises from last week.
- Take the lesson: Loopy for Looping.
- Learn at least one Beginner duet.
- Practice the String Crossing Exercises.