A student named Rick Dale asked me during a recent office hours session, “I keep losing my place in fiddle tunes. Any tips?”

This micro-lesson is an excerpt from an office hours webinar I gave on April 14, 2020.


If you work on making each part of a tune flow, then it will be easier to make the whole thing flow and you will be less likely to lose your place.

Make friends with each little part of a tune. Practice small chunks until you can play them without thinking too hard about it. Then when assembling into bigger parts, try to play that without thinking too hard, etc. Keep alternating between smaller and bigger pieces. Change the length of your practice loop.


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