Texas Style Tunes: Breakdown – Bill Cheatum


Bill Cheatum is one of those great crossover tunes into old-time and bluegrass. Come learn an 8-part version with variations and all! You can use this tune in a jam session, gig, or contest! This class comes with guitar back-up tracks, sheet music (only for reference, we learn it by ear), and listening tracks. 



 Summer Series: Texas Style Tunes
With Katie Glassman
Thursdays: September 2, 9 & 23
Time: 6:00 – 7:15 PM MST 
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Tune Type: Breakdown – Bill Cheatum

Texas-style fiddle tunes are my heart and soul. With a rich history, driving rhythm, and beautiful longbow technique, they make the fiddle sound perfectly beautiful. We’ll learn this as a 5-part tune with all of the classic variations.The Texas Style Tunes webinar has become one of my absolute favorite classes to teach. Each month we rotate between learning a breakdown, a waltz, or a tune of choice. These are all tunes suitable for fiddle contests.

Learn the tune step-by-step, by ear, over the course of two class times. The sheet music and a guitar back-up track are included – but I highly recommend learning the song by ear along with me. After two consecutive classes, you’ll get a week off to solidify, smooth out, and memorize the fiddle tune; In the third class, you’ll perform your rendition, and I’ll offer individual feedback on how to sound your best and how to personalize the tune.

Upcoming Texas Style Tunes classes:

  • September 2, 9, 23: Breakdown – Bill Cheatum
  • October 7, 14, 28: Waltz – Sopris Waltz
  • November 4, 11, December 2: Tune of Choice – Ragtime Annie
  • December: OFF




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