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When Will I Get Good?

When Will I Get Good?

"When will I get good?" This is the question I dislike the most as a teacher, and yet all of us have asked it at one point or another. I’ve even had several students tell me that if they couldn’t “get good” soon, they would quit. And I get it: I often catch myself...

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American Fiddling’s Celtic Roots

American Fiddling’s Celtic Roots

In honor of St Paddy’s Day, we want to give a nod to the Irish origins of the music we love so much. Texas-style fiddle has origins around the world and owes its heritage to immigrants and enslaved people who each contributed their own rich history to the nascent...

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Returning to Your Instrument as an Adult: Facing the Fears

Returning to Your Instrument as an Adult: Facing the Fears

“What if I’m worse than when I was a kid?”“People will judge me!”“What’s the point of starting again if I can’t get good?” If you played an instrument in school as a child and then life got in the way of things, you may be coming back to music after years away. If you...

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Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

I think new year’s resolutions are kind of crap. I’m all for self-improvement and goal-setting, but tons of research has shown us that setting resolutions is a terrible way to do both of those things. 80% of people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by the second...

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Performing on Zoom: 7 Tips for a Smashing Success

Performing on Zoom: 7 Tips for a Smashing Success

In the era of Zoom, performances look a little different. Preparing for them is a little different too, but ultimately, performing online can be a rewarding way to connect with an audience. Here are our top seven tips to bring the virtual house down with your online...

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Session 2 Q & A: Am I Ready for Session 2?

Session 2 Q & A: Am I Ready for Session 2?

What is a Fiddle School Session ? Each Fiddle School session is designed to include one year of material broken into twelve month-long lessons. Fiddle School Session 1: Texas Fiddle Foundations is perfect for the new or returning fiddler, whether you’re just getting...

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The Three Pillars of Motivation

The Three Pillars of Motivation

Even when we’re not in the midst of physical distancing and a sea of canceled events, everyone struggles with low motivation from time to time. But you don’t have to bend to the whim of motivation; instead, you can cultivate it consciously. Here’s the recipe to keep...

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What’s all the buzz about? Troubleshooting fiddle buzz

As fiddlers, nothing makes our hearts plummet more quickly than a buzzing fiddle. The worst-case scenarios flood in: “Is there a crack? Is something loose? Do I have to take it to the luthier and fork over a lot of cash to figure this out?” Thankfully, these aren’t...

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