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)
    • This allows you to move from thinking to playing
    • You’ll be a more creative musician

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 the same thing. Try to get in the mindset of a little kid playing a game of Simon and having fun.

Mystery tune lessons

In these hour-long live lessons, you’ll learn an entire tune with call-and-response. You can use sheet music, tabs and audio to help you if you get stuck.

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

D1 (E) tuning exercises

D2 (F#) tuning exercises

D3 (G) tuning exercises

DL2 (F) tuning exercises

A string

A1(B) tuning exercises

A2(C#) tuning exercises

A3(D) tuning exercises

AL2(C natural) tuning exercises

E string

E1(F#) tuning exercises

E2(G) tuning exercises

E3(A) tuning exercises

EL2 (G) tuning exercises

G string

G1(A) tuning exercises

G2(B) tuning exercises

G3(C) tuning exercises

GL2(B flat) tuning exercises

GH3(C#) tuning exercises

Practice variations

  • Play throughout the exercise. Listen to the recorded fiddle when you hear that, listen to just yourself in the space.
  • Add rhythmic variations to the exercise.
  • Alternate between listening and singing.
  • Alternate between listening and audiating.
  • Alternate between playing and audiating.
    • “Audiation” is the practice of hearing music in your head.
  • Alternate between singing and audiating.

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

Further learning

Musical Conversation

Drone tuning the notes on the D string

Interval Practice


Singing and playing practice

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