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So we have come to the end my friends !

Posted by guitarjimcunningham on Saturday, June 9, 2012

While I was looking the other way another good site has gone exactly there ......."by the way".

 At one time i could come here and learn form accomplished amateur fiddlers . Oh No we can't make a buck off of that. Now everyone wants to sell me a lesson. So much for this shit !

I am outta here . maybe someone will create a site where fiddlers can hang out and teach each other FOR FREE !


6 comments on “So we have come to the end my friends !”

boxbow Says:
Saturday, June 9, 2012 @8:41:23 AM

Hey, c'mon, I respect your anger, but don't feel obliged to cut off your nose to spite your face. Radio and television and magazines and newspapers all howl for your money and give a lot less back. FHO has cost me, so far, two annual membership fees, gladly paid. In return, I've learned and learned and learned, including from people who p*ss me off routinely. If there's a downside, I'm still looking.

richdissmore Says:
Saturday, June 9, 2012 @10:12:35 AM

there are free lessons on fiddle hang out some people are more willing to help a new comer i,m also novice and more then willing to shair what i know if your willing to learn TAB i can,t read music but i can read tab i have had my hands full trying to play after my stroke . bowbox is a good guy and i feel he is a friend and he could help with what he knows to . one lady i have meet i showed her how to play happy birth day she was very happy and has learned more songs you can beleave me if you can find a teacher that will teach you the kind of music you would like to play that would speed things up a lot i play old time and irish a little country and any thing else i can learn there are good people out there finding them may be hard i have played guitar for 40 years the fiddle is the newest that i try to play

mudbug Says:
Saturday, June 9, 2012 @10:53:02 AM

Teachers sell their lessons just like you sell your skills. The rest of us pass along what we've learned for free. I don't understand your gripe.

OTJunky Says:
Saturday, June 9, 2012 @2:45:52 PM

I can sympathize with guitarjim's point of view.

He's likely used to the Ozark traditions where an experienced fiddler wouldn't typically ask for money to teach a less experienced fiddler. Traditional Ozark fiddling is, after all, "folk music" and typically a experiienced practitioner of traditional music will pass the tradition on at no charge just because they love the tradition and would like to see it continued by the youner folks. After all, there's no money to be made from traditional Ozark fiddling. You just do it because you have to.

This is different from classical violin tradition and even from the modern contest styles of fiddling that require levels of technique that's rarely obtainable by those of us with a day job.

But we have several thousand members now and the number of us that focus on the older traditional U.S. styles form an ever shrinking percentage of the total. It's the way of the world I guess. It takes money to run the site and Eric has no way to get it other than by hostiing advertising. He has provided a facility for "special interest" groups, but for reasons I don't claim to understand nobody uses it.


carlb Says:
Monday, June 11, 2012 @6:00:53 AM

Sites which no longer exist can sometimes be found by using the Wayback Machine:
Found one of the last versions of the Banjo Addiction 2 site there.

KCFiddles Says:
Monday, June 11, 2012 @2:16:20 PM

I don't understand the gripe either. People here seem very free with their knowledge, and there are certainly a variety of opinions and backgrounds.

OTOH, peoples time is worth money, and if I wanted personal lessons, I'd expect to pay for them, and have done so, gladly.

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