Mairi’s Wedding: group lesson preview

Hey folks, I’m here in beautiful Michigan 🌳 . We just had some rain, now the sun is out. Here’s an Irish polka called “Mairi’s Wedding.” My in-laws just through a wedding party for Melissa and I, so I guess the stars sort of align on this ✨ Polkas are great beginner tunes because there’s … Continued

Do You Realize??

Here’s one of my favorite songs of all time, “Do You Realize??” by the Flaming Lips. I play chords and sing a version arranged for the fiddle. At the end of the video I offer some tips on singing and playing.  I played the song on “The Fiddle That Michael Gave Away” which was … Continued

Lonesome Fiddle Blues – performance

Here’s a simple version of a classic bluegrass tune called “Lonesome Fiddle Blues”. This tune was created by one of my favorite fiddlers, Vassar Clements. I played it on “The Fiddle That Michael Gave Away” which was handmade by a FiddleHed subscriber. We’re giving it away in a contest. Click here to enter.  The A … Continued

Today’s Request: Tam Lin

A FiddleHed subscriber named Michael made this violin. We’re giving it away in a contest. Click here to enter. I’m taking requests for tunes. Other requests coming over the next few days: “Lark In The Morning” and “Do You Realize??”   The tune is an Irish reel called Tam Lin. This tune was the basis … Continued

What is a G clef? Is it the same as treble clef?

A FiddleHed named Malik asked “Can you explain for me what a G-Clef is?” The fancy scroll with a tail that appears at the beginning of fiddle music is called the treble clef. The other name for it is called “G clef” and if you look closely, it does look like a stylized G. Different instruments … Continued

How to send a private message to other Fiddlehed folks

We have a new feature on the site that creates a social network within Fiddlehed. I made a tutorial video on how it works. The most important thing to know is how to send a private message to other FiddleHeds. This will allow you to support each other, share videos, and form your own practice … Continued

Thanks to you, thanks for everything…

Happy thanks-give-me-more-to-eat-day. Grateful to everyone who’s part of the FiddleHed journey…   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by FiddleHed (@fiddlehed)

Mary’s on The Orange Blossom Special

I’ve been combining the Orange Blossom Special simple tunes like Mary had a little lamb. Simple melodies are a great way to practice any new technique (whatever is challenging to you). You get the added bonus of reinventing the melody in a creative way.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by … Continued

Practice breaks: Zollie’s Retreat

Hello from the land of ice and snow (Lake Tahoe). Here’s a tune called Zollie’s Retreat. I heard it on a new fiddle album by country singer Tyler Childers. As I started to learn it I used a recording by Dirk Powell. But when all is said and done, it’s just music 🎶 The fiddle … Continued

New lesson preview: vibrato and holiday tunes

  View this post on Instagram   Here in Seattle at my friend Jason’s house, working on some audio for new holiday tune and vibrato lessons.  A post shared by FiddleHed (@fiddlehed) on Nov 5, 2020 at 2:27pm PST