Chance Happenings: How Fiddle Found Me

Chance Happenings: How Fiddle Found Me

You know the little forks in the road that completely change the course your life? Crossroad moments that, if they hadn’t happened the way they did, would have left you a completely unrecognizable person? Maybe it’s the story of how you found the love of your life at...

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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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How to use a practice journal

How to use a practice journal

It’s a challenge to practice regularly, and if you do, you might still feel like you’re not getting the most out of your practice. Students often go home from their lesson with a long list of things to work on and as soon as they sit down to play, they either can’t...

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To rosin or not to rosin?

To rosin or not to rosin?

I love rosin, and lots of it, so you’ll have to excuse me if I get a little sappy here. But folks often have lots of questions about this topic: When should you rosin? How much is too much? What’s the point of rosin, anyway? Never fear! I’m here to answer all your...

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4 things to know when you’re thinking of hosting a jam

Jam sessions are one of the best perks of being a fiddler. Whether you’re a seasoned jam veteran or you’ve never experienced a jam, there’s always something to be gained from a jam session, even if you don’t play in it yourself. How do you find a jam session to...

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How can I play better at my lessons?

"I swear I could play this at home when I was practicing by myself! I don't know why I can't do it in my lesson." Sound familiar? It's common to practice hard all week, play well at home, and then fall apart at lessons. But you can avoid this pitfall! Read through...

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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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Habit Hack #5: Break It Up

Breaking up is hard to do, in the famously catchy words of Neil Sedaka. With that haircut, I'm sure he would know. But here's the good news: when it comes to habits, the opposite is true! Breaking up your good habits into smaller chunks will make your life so much...

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Habit Hack #4: Talk About It!

We need to talk.  Oh, lighten up. It's time for our fourth post in the habit hack series--that's all we had to say. And today we're talking about talking, because if you want to stick with a new habit, one of the best things to do is tell others about it! What habit...

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Habit Hack #3: Set Bite-Sized Goals

What do you and this adorable little fellow have in common? You might be biting off more than you can chew!  If you struggle with setting realistic goals, this habit hack is for you. Did you miss the first two habit hacks? You can find them here and here.  For this...

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Habit Hack #2: Understand Your Habit Cues

As humans, we're defined by our habits, so it's in our best interest to make those habits as positive as possible. That's why we wrote this 7-part habit series to help you achieve more with your routines! Today we're talking about habit cues, the sneaky component of...

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