Fiddle From Scratch

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This book and accompanying audio are an excellent introduction to the fiddle and old-time music. The lessons are designed to help the reader develop a solid foundation on the instrument. The book employs a practical teaching style, rather than traditional methods and conventions. A brief history of the fiddle is presented first, followed by a visual overview of the instrument, basic technique and playing style. Twelve jam session tunes are included, along with a commentary on jam session etiquette and an extensive discography of suggested recordings. The audio includes slow and up-to-speed versions of all the exercises and tunes. Includes access to extensive online audio.

Acknowledgements
Introduction – Fiddle From Scratch
Beginning at the Beginning
Basic structure of the book
Fiddle Basics
Playing Well
Knowing your Fiddle and Bow
Written Music
An Introduction to Standard Notation
Tuning I
The Open Strings
Holding the Fiddle
Now the Bow
Sitting or standing?
Bowing 101
The Metronome
Whole Notes – Open Strings
Half Notes
Simple Quarter Notes
String Crossing
Your First Scale in the Key of D
Fingerboard Diagram – key of D
Basic D Scale; Extended D Scale
The Fiddle Tune and Old Time Music
Your First Tune: Spotted Pony
Example 11 – Simple Quarter Note Pony
The Rest of the Tunes – The Simple Quarter Note Collection
Angelina Baker (aka Angeline the Baker) – Quarter Note version
Arkansas Traveler – Quarter Note version
Forked Deer – Quarter Note version
Fortune – Simple Quarter Note version
Mississippi Sawyer – Quarter Note version
Old Molly Hare – Quarter Note version
Over the Waterfall – Quarter Note version
Rock the Cradle Joe – Quarter Note version
Soldier’s Joy – Quarter Note version
Spotted Pony – Quarter Note version
West Fork Gals – Quarter Note version
Year of Jubilo (aka Lincoln’s Gunboats) – Quarter Note version
No Shuffling About Now – Introducing eighth notes
Eighth Note Scale Take 1
The Simple Un-Shuffled Collection
Angelina Baker (aka Angeline the Baker) – Basic Eighth Note version
Arkansas Traveler – Basic Eighth Note version
Forked Deer – Basic Eighth Note version
Fortune – Eighth Note version
Mississippi Sawyer – Basic Eighth Note version
Old Molly Hare – Basic Eighth Note version
Over the Waterfall – Basic Eighth Note version
Rock the Cradle Joe – Basic Eighth Note version
Soldier’s Joy – Basic Eighth Note version
Spotted Pony – Basic Eighth Note version
West Fork Gals – Basic Eighth Note version
Year of Jubilo (aka Lincoln’s Gunboats) – Basic Eighth Note version
The Other Eighth Notes – Back beat rules!
Eighth Note Scale Take 2
Melodic Eighth Note Collection
Angelina Baker (aka Angeline the Baker) – Melodic Eighth Note version
Arkansas Traveler – Melodic Eighth Note version
Forked Deer – Melodic Eighth Note version
Fortune – Melodic Note version
Mississippi Sawyer – Melodic Eighth Note version
Old Molly Hare – Melodic Eighth Note version
Over the Waterfall – Melodic Eighth Note version
Rock the Cradle Joe – Melodic Eighth Note version
Soldier’s Joy – Melodic Eighth Note version
Spotted Pony – Melodic Eighth Note version
West Fork Gals – Melodic Eighth Note version
Year of Jubilo (aka Lincoln’s Gunboats) – Melodic Eighth Note version
Tuning II
Slurs, Slides, the Basic Shuffle and Beyond
Example 15 – Eighth note combinations with Ties
Example 15 – Eighth note combination scales with Slurs
The Kitchen Sink Collection
Angelina Baker (Angeline the Baker) – Kitchen sink version
Arkansas Traveler – Kitchen sink version
Forked Deer – Kitchen sink version
Fortune – Kitchen sink version
Mississippi Sawyer – Kitchen sink version
Old Molly Hare – Kitchen sink version
Over the Waterfall – Kitchen sink version
Rock the Cradle Joe – Kitchen sink version
Soldier’s Joy – Kitchen sink version
Spotted Pony – Kitchen sink version
West Fork Gals – Kitchen sink version
Year of Jubilo (Lincoln’s Gunboats) – Kitchen sink version
Key of G – Fingering chart and Scale
Whistling Rufus
Key of C – Fingering chart and Scale
Monkey on A Dogcart
Key of A – Fingering chart and Scale
Salty River Reel
Cross tuning for A – Fingering chart and Scale
Salty River Reel – cross tuned
Afterward – Final Thoughts
Appendix 1 – Playing well with others – Jam Etiquette for the recently clawed
Appendix 2 – Listen, listen, listen – A non-comprehensive discography
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