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Guitar II: Intermediate Guitar Back-upAdd to cart
Level up your rhythm guitar!
Class topics include:
- How to improve your rhythm
- How to strum with a groove
- How to solidify the F, F#m, Bm, D#0 and C#0 chords
- How to play up the neck using closed chords
- What to listen for while the fiddler is playing
- How to make a simple chord progression fancier
This recorded series includes three 90-minute class recordings, handouts, and additional videos.
Guitar I: Beginner Guitar Back-Up Recorded SeriesAdd to cart
Join the Jam! Back up your fiddle friends on guitar!
Class topics include:
- How to hold a pick
- How to strum on breakdowns, waltzes, and rags
- How to incorporate bass notes into your strum and sound like a Texas-style guitar player
- How to create a groove so that every fiddler wants to play with you!
- How to read a chord chart
- Learn the three most common Texas-style fiddle tune progressions
This recorded series includes three 90-minute classes, handouts, and practice recordings.
Jamming Skills II (Recorded Series) – Level Up Your JamsAdd to cart
Registration for Jamming Skills II is now closed.
Week 1: Common Country Chord Progressions – Learn how to navigate classic country songs with chords, melody, bowing, and embellishments. Learn 1-4-5 finger patterns, finger blocks, secondary dominant chords, and more on tetrachords.
Week 2: Common Pop & Folk Chord Progressions – These are the progressions you’ve heard all your life. Play your favorite pop tunes on fiddle! Ear training: How to hear chord qualities, intervals, and chords.
Week 3: Playin’ the Blues – It’s one thing to learn how to play Folsom Prison Blues, but it’s another skill to learn how to incorporate blue notes where you wouldn’t expect them. Learn blue notes, double stops, and riffs to spice up all kinds of solos.
Week 4: The Minor Keys – Relative minors, parallel minors, harmonic minor, and natural minor scale. Using popular songs of the 40s – 70s, learn everything about minor keys and scales.
Jamming Skills 1 (Recorded Series) – Using the Fiddle Theory 101 ToolkitAdd to cart
This 90-minute recorded class covers:
- Application of “notes as numbers” in real-time.
- How to use theory to help sound out a melody on the spot.
- Tips for identifying chord progressions.
- How and when to play backup (chords & chops) on fiddle.
- Using scales and chord tones to play solos and fills on classic singing songs.
When you purchase this recording, you receive:
- Lifetime access to the recording, which you can start and stop at any time to practice concepts
- A folder of course materials
Theory 101: A Fiddler’s Toolkit – Recorded SeriesAdd to cart
“That was a great class! It takes music theory to a whole new level.” Heather Bennett
The word got out about this course and we’ve had tons of requests from fiddlers who’d like to join. We hear you, so we’ve reopened the registration — to access the entire recorded course — you won’t miss a thing. Sign up now to receive the class videos and teaching materials from Building Blocks #1-4.
Thinking of each concept as a tool, learn the process of applying theory to your fiddle playing.
Here’s a sample from our toolkit:
- Find your way around your fingerboard
- Understand major & minor scales and how to use them
- Navigate key signatures like a pro
- Learn the basics of intervals and why they’re your friends
- Notes as numbers can help you jam – or play with anyone!
- Understand how chords are built and find that dream double stop
…and so much more. I’ll see you there!