Theory 101: A Fiddler’s Toolkit


“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!


Theory Series: Theory 101 – A Fiddler’s Toolkit
With Katie Glassman
Recorded, Self-Paced Four Class Series (written materials included)
Level: All Levels Welcome

THEORY! I’ve always loved music theory, but going back to the days when I taught middle school and high school at the Denver School of the Arts, I’ve had to face a hard reality: not everyone loves theory as much as I do!

But I’m not giving up. In fact, I’ve developed a practical Theory Series that works on a “need to know” basis. The focus is on key concepts and terms that I think you “need to know” to set you up for success as a musician. Theory can be overwhelming, and the point is not to try to know it all. Instead, you’ll learn the theory building blocks that give you a way of understanding and talking about what you’re playing on your fiddle. With that understanding, you’ll find that learning new tunes, techniques and even jamming skills get easier and happen faster. You’ll also learn this practical theory so well that you’ll be able to apply it in any situation, whether it’s playing different styles, “deciphering” tunes, or taking a solo. This is knowledge that you will use and keep.

In this four-class series, classes will run for 60 minutes followed by a 15 minute Q & A. Because this is a friendly and practical theory workshop, we’ll work on those “need to know elements” and apply them in the areas that are part of your playing. So, you’ll want to have your instrument handy as we go from concept to application. Get ready, I promise that you’ll leave this class with the practical theory tools to raise your musicianship.