advanced course outline
here is a course outline for more advanced students who have already learned the basic technique and many of the tunes in the beginner and intermediate courses.
in this course we'll learn some harder tunes as well as how to add variation to tunes using what I call the fiddler's toolbox: accenting, bowing patterns, double stops, slides, the trill family (grace notes, mordents, turns), as well as rhythmic and melodic variation.
more challenging tunes
blackberry blossom play along track
der badken freylakh upper octave
der badken freylakh play along track
dill pickle rag
dill pickle rag play along track
devil’s dream play along track
drowsy maggie play along track
fisher’s hornpipe play along track
irish washerwoman play along track
gypsy hora play along track
king of the fairies
king of the fairies play along track
o’keefe’s in b minor (aka black friday rule by flogging molly)
how to play back-up on the fiddle
This is a series of lessons on chords, chord progression and rhythm back-up for fiddlers.
here are some lessons on the different types of things you can do to add variation to fiddle tunes. these lessons are also helpful if you're interested in learning to improvise.
single-double stop alternation
16th note triplets
there is a full playlist called adding variation to tunes on the fiddlehed youtube channel.
here are some easier lessons on how to add variation to a specific tune:
angeline the baker
britches full of stitches
give the fiddler a dram
john ryan’s polka
ode to joy
old joe clarke, intermediate variations
old joe clarke, advanced variations
paddy on the turnpike
red haired boy
red Rriver valley
southwind with irish embellishment
southwind with double stops
swallowtail, intermediate variations
swallowtail jig, advanced variations
whiskey before breakfast
will the circle be unbroken
you are my sunshine
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