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The American Fiddle Method Volume 1

Beginning Fiddle Tunes and Techniques

By Brian Wicklund

Fiddle - Beginning
Beginning Fiddle Tunes and Techniques. Composed by Brian Wicklund. Saddle-stitched, Style, American Music, Method. American Fiddle Method. Bluegrass & Country. Book/CD/DVD set. 64 pages. Mel Bay Publications, Inc #99471SET. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.99471SET).

Item Number: MB.99471SET

ISBN 9780786668656. 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 concepts and techniques that yield 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. This book is beneficial for both fiddle students and classical Suzuki violin students. A CD for listening and play-along captures the excitement of the music and aids instruction. This set also includes the companion DVD, in which the author guides you through the basic skills of learning the fiddle and shares his pointers and shortcuts to help you learn faster and more efficiently.

  • 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

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  • January 28, 2012 Great book for beginners

    I bought this for a friend who's taking up fiddle as an adult -- no musical background. This book, especially since they've added the DVD, is a great basic intro to violin technique and fiddling -- even can teach music reading with some motivation on the student's part. The...

    techniques don't conflict with classical technique and in fact ARE classical, so no bad habits are encouraged.

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  • 5

    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • March 26, 2009 Fun to learn

    Fun tunes that are fairly easy to learn with a little practice. Much better than the usual stuff, the format and layout are great, the CD and DVD are a big help. Being able to read the music while you listen to a tune that you aren't familiar with...

    helps so much.

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  • 4

    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • February 25, 2008 Fun and Educstional

    My students ar enjoying these upbeat tunes. They are being introduced to double stops and new bowing patterns. I'm especialy impressed with the DVD. One student in particular is showing improved posture and bowing technic.

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  • 5

    Richard Waller
    Albany, GA
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • January 24, 2008 Lifesaver

    I took up violin rather late in life and don't to Paganini or Sarasate, but with the help of Brian Wicklund, I can fiddle, by golly. And remember, the only difference between the violin and the fiddle is the spelling.

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  • 5

    cleveland oh
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • December 12, 2007 what a great book from a great teacher

    I could play these songs all day,challenging but not too hard, the dvd and cd are a must

    30 of 61 people found this review helpful.
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