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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Happy Father’s Day!

I love my Papa! Growing up, my sister and I always looked forward to jumping in the car with our dad and going to do puppet shows all around the Rocky Mountain Range. He'd have me play fiddle in front of the stage before the shows, and I remember being thrilled to...

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Fiddle School Summer Mountain Retreat

We have waited a long 15 months to reschedule our in-person Fiddle School Mountain Retreat -- and it's here! The retreat will take place in Allenspark, CO from August 26th (arrive between 4 and 5 PM) to August 30th (depart at 10:00 AM). So far we, have 14 sign-ups and...

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