Bluegrass Fiddle Boot Camp

Stacy Phillips

A Basic Guide to Style, Technique and Practice

Here is a complete course in which Stacy Phillips unlocks the secrets of playing authentic bluegrass fiddle. These information-packed lessons are aimed at basic players as well as violinists who play classical, jazz or old-time music and want to learn the nuances of bluegrass style. Stacy concentrates on some classic songs, showing you how to give each one a typical ... Read More

Bluegrass Jamming - Intermediate Level

Pete Wernick
Here's a full-to-the-brim DVD made especially for bluegrass pickers who want to take their jamming ability to the next level. It will help you build your repertoire and will vastly improve your confidence so you can join in and jam in any situation. In this carefully organized session led by Pete "Dr. Banjo" Wernick, a professional bluegrass band plays ... Read More

Learn to Play Irish Fiddle - DVD 1

Kevin Burke

Lesson One: Polkas, Jigs, & Slides

Kevin Burke's easygoing manner and encouraging teaching style invite you into the world of authentic traditional Irish fiddle. In this superb starter lesson, he passes on his vast knowledge and experience through an in-depth study of some of his favorite tunes, styles and techniques. Kevin understands the needs of the learning fiddler, and he conveys his ideas with clarity ... Read More

Learn to Play Old-Time Fiddle - DVD 1

Brad Leftwich

Lesson One

Learn to play fiddle in the real old-time style with this lesson in traditional downbow fiddling. Brad Leftwich shows how to produce the flowing, rhythmic sound that has delighted square dancers and music lovers for generations. He teaches tunings, drone strings and double stops, simple variations and several specific bow licks, including short and long saw-strokes and the shuffle. Brad ... Read More

Learning Bluegrass Fiddle - DVD 2

Kenny Kosek
Kenny Kosek continues his in-depth breakdown of the techniques that will help you become an accomplished bluegrass and country fiddler. You'll learn to play several well-known traditional tunes, then dress them up by adding slides, blues notes, double-stop harmonies, rhythmic patterns and other essential musical elements. Kenny teaches licks and solos in the styles of Benny Martin, Chubby Wise ... Read More

Singing with the Fiddle

Bruce Molsky

Accompanying Old Time Songs and Ballads

The violin can be used to accompany old time country songs with startlingly beautiful results, and no one does this better than Bruce Molsky. On this DVD lesson, he shows you how you can achieve distinctively rich and compelling harmonies in a musical interaction between your fiddle and your voice. Bruce covers all the basics, starting with simple exercises to ... Read More

Slow Jam for Old Time Music

Mark Schatz, Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Bruce Molsky
Here's an exciting way to increase your repertoire of old time tunes and practice up for those inevitable jam sessions at parties, festivals, camps and other musical events. These fourteen great instrumentals are played up-to-speed for those ready to jam, and are slowed down to half speed for the sake of beginning/intermediate pickers who want to play along ... Read More

How to Play Shetland Fiddle

Kevin Henderson, with Ewen Thompson, guitar
Kevin Henderson was born and raised in Scotland’s Shetland Islands, an archipelago with a rich and highly renowned fiddle tradition. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest Celtic-style fiddlers and is in hot demand, playing with some of the best-known groups and musicians in the traditional music scene.  On this 100-minute tutorial, Kevin covers five classic ... Read More

20 Easy Tunes for the Beginning Fiddler

Jim Wood

Learn to Play Jam Session Favorites!

Beginning fiddlers! Learn easy versions of some of America's most-played fiddle tunes and join in any jam session- even if you've just started playing! In nearly three hours of detailed play-along instruction, master fiddler Jim Wood provides all the tools you'll need to learn your instrument and play tunes with skill and confidence. Jim's careful tuition ... Read More

A Fiddler's Guide to Waltzes, Airs and Haunting Melodies

Jay Ungar
Learn to play lovely, heart-rending pieces and benefit from Jay Ungar's years of experience as a top fiddler. He shows the inventive use of slides, grace notes, rolls, smears, vibrato and special bowing techniques that turn ordinary tunes into distinctive compositions. Jay teaches Tombigbee Waltz, Tennessee Waltz, South Wind, Shebeg Shemor, Give Me Your Hand and his Grammy-winning tune ... Read More