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Six Ways To Overcome Fiddle Frustration

A lot of you have told me that you’re frustrated because your current level of playing is nowhere near where you want to be. You want to be ripping mind-crunching solos like Mark O’Connor. But it seems like you’ll never get there. In this Fiddlosophy post, I’m going to suggest six ways to overcome fiddle … Continued

Danny Boy / Kesh Jig – Electric Fiddle Solo – liner notes

A fiddlehed named Suzanne attended a Diego’s Umbrella show in Fairfax, Ca. and took video of my “solo solo”. This is the part of the show where I create a live looping drone and then play melodies over that. For this version of the solo solo, I start with a G drone. I create this on … Continued

New Lesson post: Blackest Crow – variation

Here is a lesson on how to add variation to an old-time tune called Blackest Crow – variation.   Click here to go the lesson page for Blackest Crow – variation.

New lesson post: Cantina Band Theme!

Here is a lesson on how to play the Cantina Band Theme from Star Wars on violin and fiddle. This is one of my favorite melodies! I’ve done it with a few different bands and it never gets old. It’s more challenging, using notes from the chromatic scale.   Click here to go to the … Continued

Redemption Song – Fiddle Version

Hey folks, Here’s a fiddle version of Redemption Song by Bob Marley. I recently heard a version of the tune by Macy Gray which planted the seed for doing a fiddle version. I was surprised how easily it translated to a solo fiddle format. It’s rare that a song is so sad and at the … Continued