"Learning To Fiddle, Bluegrass Style" is a 225-page coil-bound instruction book aimed at novice-to-intermediate level violin and fiddle players who want to play bluegrass fiddle, and who can read standard notation, even if only a little. Can be used as a self-teaching fiddle method, or supplemented by a fiddle teacher's lessons. Covers all the major components of bluegrass fiddle and most importantly teaches students how to dissect songs to create their own bluegrass-style fiddle breaks. Includes 2 CDs that contain each exercise and tune in the book, played both slowly and up to speed. Song examples are accompanied by a full bluegrass band with the fiddle break played as written in the book, and a place for the student to try their own solos, both slowly and at normal speed.
"Learning To Fiddle, Bluegrass Style" covers bowings and patterns, backup, fills and riffs, double-stops, tune signatures, slides, playing in higher positions and position shifting, pentatonic and blues scales, playing in non-standard keys like B, F and Bb, harmony playing, an introduction to improvisation, and non-melodic breaks. Each of the scores of exercises and examples in the book is accompanied by a detailed explanation in the text, showing the student exactly how each technique is applied. There are a number of unique diagrams that explain the "shapes" that fiddlers use to improvise breaks and create riffs. Scattered throughout the book are photos of important bluegrass fiddlers, some of which have never been published before. The appendix contains dozens of scale, interval, riff and position-shifting exercises, as well as brief bios of many of bluegrass music's most influential fiddlers.
Bluegrass Unlimited (Nov '14) said. "...a wonderful resource for the serious student of bluegrass fiddle.", and "This is the best book on bluegrass fiddle written so far in this century. Miss it at your own peril."
Books can be ordered at kdvmusic.com, where you can also view sample pages from the book. We've also posted a few extra fiddle tune transcriptions and some extra sound files that everyone can download, even if you don't buy the book.
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