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Apr 21, 2021 - 4:56:52 PM
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WyoBob

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223 posts since 5/16/2019

This is an extension of a post I made in this thread: https://www.fiddlehangout.com/topic/54858

I was subscribed to Fiddlehed for a year and it was a great resource.   I let the subscription lapse and decided to spend time just learning on my own and that's been an interesting adventure.

I know around 70 tunes on the banjo and decided to learn as many of those tunes on the fiddle as I can.  Using recordings, many from the the old time jam group that I play with locally and from Josh Turknett's site, I segmented them, slowed them down, looped, etc. and can now play those tunes up to speed with the group recording.   I seem to be able to pick up the tunes easier this way as opposed to learning from tab though I do refer to tab on occasion on passages that I can't figure out by listening.  I'm up to around 30 tunes now that I can play, up to speed, with recordings on the fiddle.   Having a tune in your head is one of the most important things you can have "under your belt" when learning any tune on a new instrument.

While on hiatus from Fiddlehed,  I decided to give Josh Turknett's "Fiddle for All" course at https://oldtimefiddle.net/ a try for awhile. 

I used Josh's banjo course 8 years or so ago and found it very helpful.  His fiddle course uses the same learning "brain basics" as did the banjo course and I found the information very interesting and helpful.  Having Adam Hurt as a teacher is great.   I really like Adam and his style of teaching on both the fiddle and banjo.  I was fortunate to attend an "old time"  workshop in Golden, CO featuring Adam as a teacher a few years ago and it was a hoot!  After class work, we had a jam.  I sat right next to Adam, playing my banjo while Adam played his fiddle and I made a recording of that session.   It so happens that I bought a Sagmoen Dobson, 24 3/4 scale banjo from Debra Clifford who bought the banjo from Adam and I played that banjo at the workshop.  Kinda cool.

My thoughts on both resources:   I think both venues have great value to beginners and I've enjoyed both.   I like the layout with the graphic finger board to the side on Josh's site and I like Adam's instruction and his style.   You can get a free 30 trial of Josh's site and it costs $18.00/month for three months at a time after that.  Very reasonable.  Josh does have different levels of complexity for various tunes.   I don't think I'll ever get to "level three" due to lack of mobility in my left hand fingers due to an accident years ago but there is still very much value in this source.

I think FiddleHed is a much more involved and complex site than Josh's and Jason has done an amazing amount of work to create such an amazing resource.  Lots of moving parts on "Fiddlehed".  Jason's free stuff on the net is what attracted me to subscribe and the thing I really like about his site is the personal attention he gives via Zoom jams that he has  to teach and answer questions from members.

Bottom line?   I think both are worthwhile resources and, if you sign up for either, it's not a lifetime commitment.  Both are reasonably priced and worthwhile  for new players, IMO.

Being isolated due to Covid, I miss the interaction with other players and may sign up for "FiddleHed" again in the future.

Apr 22, 2021 - 12:49:05 PM

11899 posts since 9/23/2009

Interesting assessment of those differences in teaching approaches. Glad you are enjoying your musical journeys and let's all hope life goes back to normal soon!

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