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Studying Classical & Folk Technique is Beneficial

I teach both Classical violin and folk violin, and I notice that there is a widely held...
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Learning By Ear

In 2015 I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to California to take part in classes...
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How To Practice Without Sheetmusic

One of the biggest challenges of learning to play folk fiddle is working out how to practise. It...
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Learning the Fiddle

Many people consider fiddle to be something anyone can do if they can play the violin. However,...

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  • Learning By Ear

    Eilidh Firth Folk Fiddle Teacher (Glasgow) Picture In 2015 I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to California to take part in classes with fiddle tutors from across the world at Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle Camp. The tutors included fiddle players from Scotland, Ireland and Sweden as well as specialists in American fiddle...
  • Studying Classical & Folk Technique is Beneficial Editor's Pick

    John Dipper Folk Fiddle Teacher (South West London) Picture I teach both Classical violin and folk violin, and I notice that there is a widely held misconception that traditional and folk fiddle playing is a totally different - almost an unrelated and substantially inferior technique. It is often assumed by musicians approaching folk music having...
  • How To Practice Without Sheetmusic

    Alison Rowley Folk Fiddle Teacher (Bristol) Picture One of the biggest challenges of learning to play folk fiddle is working out how to practise. It is all to easy to treat 'practise time' as an epic tune-playing session, where you rattle off all the tunes you can think of. This is undoubtedly helpful for solidifying your repertoire, but...

 

  • Useful Materials For Learning Folk Fiddle

    Folk Fiddle Teacher (Coventry) Picture With so many books on folk music out there, it can be daunting choosing which one to go for. Here are a few suggestions that I use regularly with my students. The Caledonian Companion (Hardie Press) - This is an excellent book if you are interested in Scots Fiddle Music. Not just a tune book,...
  • Why Folk Fiddle? Editor's Pick

    Folk Fiddle Teacher (Manchester) Picture There's a widespread belief that folk fiddle is at the opposite end of the spectrum to classical violin in terms of technique, style, and pedagogy. However, being a hybrid musician and taking on folk fiddle as well as classical violin can be highly beneficial. Aural skills Due to the majority...
  • "What is the hardest instrument to learn?"

    Folk Fiddle Teacher (Peterborough) Picture What a common question, and the easiest one. It's your first instrument of course, when you get to grips with the idea of music, scales, intervals, etc for the first time, and reading music as well. But it's not hard to pick up. I never cease to be amazed by the number of people who then say...