How to Overcome Your Fear of Jamming: Part 1

What’s your biggest fear about jamming? Recently we asked you on social media to share what makes you feel nervous about jamming. You gave us lots of wonderfully candid responses, including: Not knowing the jam etiquette of a particular genre Not playing as well as I...

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Fiddler Spotlight: Luke Price

Fiddler Spotlight: Luke Price

Today, we are beginning our "Fiddler Spotlight" column. Every so often, we'll introduce you to a fiddler who we think you'll enjoy getting to know. To start us off, here's a dear friend who I grew up with: Luke Price.   I met Luke at Weiser (the National Oldtime...

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Stories From The 2022 National Old Time Fiddle Contest

Stories From The 2022 National Old Time Fiddle Contest

by Katie Glassman   I began going to the National Oldtime Fiddler's Contest in 1994. It takes place in Weiser Idaho and hence, all of us regulars call it "Weiser." Over the years, those trips to Weiser always gave me that needed jolt of inspiration, friendship, and...

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Why Are Fiddle Gatherings Important?

Why Are Fiddle Gatherings Important?

Growing up, music gatherings like fiddle camps and contests were my absolute favorite thing in the world. Each year, I looked forward to these gatherings like other kids looked forward to Christmas or trips to Disneyland. I could not imagine anything more perfect than...

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Five Exercises to Make Your Fourth Finger Behave

Five Exercises to Make Your Fourth Finger Behave

A strong fourth finger is essential for good fiddling, but often that strength is difficult to develop. Especially if you don’t often use your fourth finger or you’re new to using it, this finger may put up a fight when you try to get it to do your bidding. But don’t...

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Fiddle School’s Holiday Playlist

Fiddle School’s Holiday Playlist

As of the publication of this, it's December 20th, and that means that there's cheesy Christmas music pouring from every speaker you find. Even though I gripe about certain songs, I love the way good holiday music can set a warm, cheerful mood. That's why we put...

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The Rare Magic of Fiddle Contests

The Rare Magic of Fiddle Contests

By Celeste Johnson People often ask me why I like fiddle contests. They seem like an odd thing to many people. “So you’re telling me that you get up on stage to be judged on purpose?!” And when it’s put that way, I see how contests can be off-putting. But when I go to...

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Inside the World of Jam Sessions

Inside the World of Jam Sessions

What’s your favorite kind of jam session? Do you love playing in unison with other fiddlers or do you prefer to be the only one in the hot seat? Do you prefer taking improvised solos on the fly or playing crafted breakdowns? Do you like to sing or is that best left to...

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