After 23 years of playing the fiddle, I think I can finally say I have a lot of it figured out. However, the instrument still perplexes me sometimes. I've studied, analyzed, experimented, performed, taught, cried, laughed... I guess you get the point. I'm experienced. I've written a book called Fiddle 4 Every Level that is slated to be released on April 1, 2012. I've blended the technical focus of classical playing with the soulful phrasing of fiddling and come up with something wonderful. The book is just the beginning though. Later this year, I will be launching the full site LearnFiddleOnline.com. There you will be able to find a complete curriculum based on the book I've written. I've spent the last year writing and preparing for this and I am so excited. Please visit http://Fiddle4EveryLevel.com for more information about how to get a discounted version of the book BEFORE it's released. All pre-order shipments will be shipped on or before April 1. I'm so excited about this! Here's to the future!
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Pre-College through College Patrick Clark is a multi-instrumentalist with a specialty in violin and fiddle. By the time he was 18, he had held the concert master position in nine different orchestras, and had won countless fiddle championships, including the Four Corner States Fiddle Championship, and the Arizona State Fiddle Championship. While in high school, Patrick performed with the Northern Arizona University Symphony Orchestra, where he attended the following year. During his time at NAU, he performed on viola in several NAU Symphony concerts. He also performed in the Flagstaff Symphony, and as a guest soloist with the FSO. He graduated from NAU in 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance. Professional Fiddle/Utility Player (Mandolin, Guitar, Vocal) While in his final semester of college, Patrick was hired to perform with American Idol contestant, Josh Gracin. Patrick finished his degree while on the road with Gracin and was on his way to fulfilling a life long dream, performing on the Grand Old Opry. After only a month on the road, Patrick played the Opry and has performed there numerous times since. Patrick has since moved on from the Josh Gracin days and has toured and/or performed with the following artists; Darius Rucker, Big and Rich, Sara Evans, Roy Clark, Mark Chesnutt, Mark Wills, Shannon Brown, Pam Tillis, Crystal Gayle, Brenda Lee, James Otto, Lee Brice, Chuck Wicks, Collin Raye and more. Patrick spent three and a half years with Darius Rucker. Patrick’s television appearances include the following, at least once; The Oprah Winfrey Show, David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ellen, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The Jimmy Kimmell Show, Jimmy Fallon, Wendy Williams, Bonnie Hunt, The View, Dancing With The Star, The ACM Awards, The CMA Awards, and The CMT Awards. Professional Violinist Patrick performs as a substitute violinist for the Tuscaloosa Symphony in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He has also been commissioned by TSO to write an arrangement of a “Fiddle” variation to accompany Mozart’s variations on “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Start.” In addition to his symphonic playing and arranging, Patrick has arranged and performed on numerous demos in Nashville. He’s arranged and performed string sections for song writers like Rivers Rutherford, Chris DuBois, and others. He’s found a niche arranging and performing, (stacking,) string sections by himself. Professional Clinician/Teacher/Author Patrick is a Suzuki trained violin teacher through book four. He’s been teaching private violin and fiddle lessons for over ten years. In 2009 and 2010, Patrick taught at Tennessee State University as the adjunct fiddle teacher. Two years ago, Patrick was hired as a clinician for Eastman Music Company to travel all over the country and work in the public school systems. His job is to promote the Eastman name and to further music education through the Galliano Project. His unique combination of abilities allows him to work in countless clinic situations. His unique skill set has also led him to write a fiddle book that is soon to be published. The book focus’ on taking any player, at any level, and pushing them further musically while still maintaining proper technique and posture. The ultimate goal is functional diversity.
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