Call and response learning is one of the foundations of the FiddleHed method. I made this growing library of audio and video call-and-response games. You’ll find all call-and-response games and lessons on this page. You’ll also discover them as you work through the course.

Here’s a tutorial to explain it a bit more.

In short, I play something and then you play it back in the space provided.

In this library of the call-and-response exercises, you’ll hear something, and then there will be a space for you to play the same thing. This will help you in the following ways:

  • Play better in tune
  • Remember melodies more easily
  • Develop the ability to hear yourself and other instruments
  • Hear music in your head (audiation)

At the bottom of the page there’s a brief lesson on how you can improve your tuning and practice creatively with these exercises.

Call-and-response games

In these progressive call-and-response exercises, I’ll play something and then leave a space for you to play it back. I’ll play bits of songs that you learn in the modules (so they roughly go from easier to harder). Try to get in the mindset of a kid playing a game of Simon Says and having fun.

Call-and-response Tune Lessons

In these lessons, you’ll learn an entire tune with call-and-response. There’s sheet music, tabs and audio to help out if you get stuck. There’s also a more traditional video tutorial for each tune.

Call-and-response Workshops

Here are replays of call-and-response workshops in which you’ll learn a tune by ear. These are hour-long journeys that also teach practice strategy.

Mystery Tune Lessons!

In these lessons, I challenge you to learn a tune by ear without even knowing the title. If you’re new to learning with call-and-response, then start with the “Learning Tunes By Ear” lessons above.

Tuning exercises

These exercises are shorter and more repetitive than the ones above. They are more focused on helping you to play specific notes in tune.

D string

A string

E string

G string

Practice variations

  • Respond with singing instead of fiddling.
  • Respond with plucking instead of bowing.
  • Once you can do any exercise, respond with a short improvisation (more advanced) based on the given note choice.

Here’s a brief lesson on how to practice with the tuning exercises:

Further learning

These lessons explore other ways to use the call-and-response process.

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