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The American Fiddle Method Volume 1

Beginning Fiddle Tunes and Techniques

By Brian Wicklund

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Fiddle - Beginning
Beginning Fiddle Tunes and Techniques. Composed by Brian Wicklund. Saddle-stitched, Methods. American Fiddle Method. Bluegrass & Country. Book/CD Set. 64 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.99471BCD).

Item Number: MB.99471BCD
ISBN 9780786652518. Bluegrass & Country. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

Destined to become a classic, this method provides the beginner with the elements needed to become a proficient fiddler. Based on many years of teaching experience, the author introduces the concepts and techniques that yields solid results. This method encourages creativity in the student by including variations to the tunes and illustrating how they can serve as a basis for improvisation. To assist in the development of ensemble skills, chords and lyrics, basic music theory, and demonstrations of such skills as backup and lead playing are included in this profusely- illustrated book. A CD for listening and play-along captures the excitement of the music and aids instruction. This book is beneficial for both fiddle students and classical Suzuki violin students.

  • Boil'em Cabbage Down  
  • Bonaparte's Retreat 
  • Crawdad Song   Performed by Cool White
  • Cripple Creek  Performed by Cool White
  • Old Joe Clark  Performed by Cool White
  • Southwind   Performed by Cool White
  • Buffalo Gals  Performed by Cool White
  • Grandfather's Clock  Performed by Cool White
  • Red Haired Boy  Performed by Cool White
  • Arran Boat Song  
  • Wise Old Friend   Performed by Cool White
  • Girl I Left Behind Me  Performed by Cool White
  • Turkey In The Straw  Performed by Cool White
  • Cairo   Performed by Cool White
  • Shortnin' Bread  Performed by Cool White
  • Soldier's Joy  Performed by Cool White
  • Stinky's Blues   Performed by Cool White
  • Country Waltz  Performed by Cool White
  • Angelina Baker  
  • Camptown Races  Performed by Cool White
  • Red Wing  Performed by Cool White
  • Cindy  Performed by Cool White

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  • 5

    Cloud County KS
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  • March 14, 2008 Bluegrass beginner

    I was introduced to "Blue Grass" by a friend who plays mandolin and banjo. This book and cd have been a great encouragment in practicing the classic songs and styles of this type of music. I am very satisfied and hope eventually to progress to volume II. I have had...

    some lessons and have been playing the violin for about 18 months, as part of a "Life Long learning" experience. My age is 82 yrs.

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  • 5

    Birmingham, AL
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  • April 12, 2007 A Great Start for Fiddlers

    This is a well-planned, gently progressive fiddling method, which allows a novice player to learn simple versions of standard tunes, with added variations as their technique improves. It can be taught by rote or note-reading, according to the wishes of pupil and teacher. Works well for both kids...

    and adults. For a complete beginner with no prior musical experience, expect to do a bit of preparatory work on position, bow-hold, and basic rhythms, etc. for best results. It is not like a classical method book, but rather starts right in with simple tunes that a student of any age will enjoy.

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