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Linnea Kenney – Englewood, CO

Linnea Kenney – Englewood, CO

A Note About My Music I grew up on a farm on the land my grandfather homesteaded and in the house he and my grandmother built. My dad grew up there too. He and my mom remained hereafter they married. My mom was raised in a musical family. She sang and played the...

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Paul Pruett – Saltillo, Tennessee

Paul Pruett – Saltillo, Tennessee

I currently reside in the rural west Tennessee community that I grew up in. We raised cotton, hogs, and a large garden. We were poor people like most in the community. We had music and making music to fill the hours that chores and the cotton patch didn’t require....

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Camille Arnold-Mages – 16 Years Old – Boston, MA

Camille Arnold-Mages – 16 Years Old – Boston, MA

I started playing the violin with the Suzuki method when I was 6 years old. When I was 10, I had joined a local youth orchestra, but I was always interested in more kinds of music than classical. At a summer camp I learned about fiddling.  At about that age, I...

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Origins of the Melody

Origins of the Melody

Over the next three weeks, I'm going to explore the fascinating topic of fiddle tune variations, of course in the context of Texas-style fiddling. The three topics I'll cover are: Origins of the Melody, How to Learn Variations, and How to Build Variations. So, keep...

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Fiddle School Mountain Retreat Student Review

I want to thank you for your amazing Fiddle Retreat this weekend!! I have been trying to process my learning experience and reflect on our time together!! I have never been to any type of fiddle/music camp experience that was as impactful, focused, supportive, and fun...

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3 Tips to Work Your Rhythm

1. Internalize the beat When you’re listening to music, tap along with the beat. I know it sounds basic, but it’s just too easy to let the music play in the background. Try to engage by listening and participating from an actively rhythmic perspective. Tap the...

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Should you take your fiddle on vacation?

Should you take your fiddle with you on vacation? Here are several factors to consider: 1. Where are you in your musical process? Are you in need of a break? Are you having breakthroughs? Sometimes a break from your instrument can be healthy. However, if you’re having...

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1st Annual Fiddle School Mountain Retreat

1st Annual Fiddle School Mountain Retreat

We are thrilled that our 1st Annual Fiddle School Mountain Retreat 2019 filled up within two weeks of opening registration to our students. This small adult fiddle camp is a dream come true! We hope you’ll learn more about it and join us next year or sign up on the 2019 waitlist. Click the big green button below for more information.

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Autralia, St. Patrick’s Day, Office Hour

I just returned from an adventurous 3-week tour of Australia with The Western Flyers. We played 7 radio shows broadcast on the ABC radio network and 15 concerts in: Tathra, Fern Tree Gully, Yinnar, Valencia Creek, Nethercote, Cobargo, Nerregunduh, Canberra, Therrioul,...

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How to Structure Your Practice

We’ve all been here: you muster up some energy, get settled in your practice space, pick up your fiddle and… now what? Sometimes knowing what to work on is the hardest part of practicing. But it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how you can use Fiddle School to structure...

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Welcome to Fiddle School!

For many years I have been developing a curriculum to inspire people to learn to play  fiddle in a fun and simple way.  I am finally ready to share the first year long session: Texas Fiddle Foundations 1. Whether you are new to the instrument or the style, or have...

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