Fiddle From Scratch: An Un-Shuffled Guide for the Bowless! (An Un-Shuffled Guide for the Bowless!). By Dan Levenson. For fiddle. Squareback saddle stitch. Technique/Theory. Beginning-Intermediate. Book/2-CD Set. 120 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.22256BCD).
ISBN 9780786684823. Technique/Theory. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.
This book and accompanying audio are an excellent introduction to the fiddle and old-time music. The lessons are designed to help the reader develop a solid foundation on the instrument. The book employs a practical teaching style, rather than traditional methods and conventions. A brief history of the fiddle is presented first, followed by a visual overview of the instrument, basic technique and playing style. Twelve jam session tunes are included, along with a commentary on jam session etiquette and an extensive discography of suggested recordings. The audio includes slow and up-to-speed versions of all the exercises and tunes.