Fiddle Music Links


(Links added after Jan 07 will be dated)



Discussion Lists

Fiddle Fork
Forum for registered users; over 13,000 music files in abc, notation (gif, jpg, pdf; often with chords), MIDI & BandInABox formats
Fiddle Forum
Fiddle Hangout (Modified 26 Jul 08)
new Forum for registered users; Lessons; searchable MP3 archive; Links; developed by Eric Schlange, creator of Banjo Hangout
Fiddle Players' Discussion List - Search Archives
Maesto Net (Added 2 Jan 09)
Viva Strings Forum (Modified 28 Dec 10)




Fiddle Stuff

12 Questions Violinists Ask about Fiddling (Modified 30 Dec 11)
Donna Hébert
Acoustics For Violin & Guitar Makers (Added 31 Jan 08)
Bad Hair Day (Added 12 Dec 07)
"how to deal with the hair on your bow"
Bluegrass Fiddle
Bluegrass Fiddle introduction
Bows & Strings: Acoustics (Added 7 Nov 07)
Bow On A Couch (Added 17 Jan 08)
"Mysteries & secrets of bowmaking"; pdf
Bows - How They're Made (Modified 2 Jan 09)
Photo essay; German language site
Canadian Fiddle Links
Canadian Fiddle Music History (Added 19 Dec 07)
Canadian Fiddler Album Liner Notes (Added 19 Dec 07)
Care & Maintenance of Violins (Added 17 Jan 08)
Cleaning Your Instrument (Modified 30 Dec 11)
EBook: The Violin: Its Famous Makers & Their Imitators (Added 24 Jul 08)
by George Hart; 1909
Fiddle Adjustment & Bridge Tips
Fiddle Fork
Forum for registered users; over 13,000 music files in abc, notation (gif, jpg, pdf; often with chords), MIDI & BandInABox formats
Fiddle Jokes
Fiddle Novice
blog format; Music Practice, Rosin, Learning New Tunes, How to Hold the Fiddle, Fiddle Riddles + 2 Fiddle Jokes
Fiddler Magazine (Modified 27 Dec 10)
some articles on-line; Past Issues Archive
Fiddler's Almanac (Added 20 Oct 08)
by Ryan Thompson 1985; Google Books Preview
Fiddler's Companion - Old Site & New Site (Modified 31 Jul 12)
Reference Database of historial and musical information about 100's of fiddle tunes; Converting to WIKI format in 2012
Fiddlers - Photos
Fiddle Sculptures by Philippe Guillerm (Modified 27 Dec 10)
Fiddle Sites (Added 7 May 07)
Fiddle Tune Fairy Tale (Modified 3 Jan 09)
FiddleList; written by Mac McKeever as wedding present for Drew Beisswenger & Lisa Langston; contains titles of over 85 fiddle tunes;
Folkways: The Fiddle - Styles (Added 20 Jul 08)
Real video; different fiddle styles in N. Carolina
Google Books Search Preview: Fiddle (Added 28 Oct 07)
Guide to Choosing Violin Strings (Added 25 Nov 07)
Identifying and Appraising Violin Family Instruments (Added 10 Apr 08)
Irish Fiddling - Regional Styles
Learning Fiddle Tunes By Ear
Legends & Lore of the Fiddle (Added 12 Dec 07)
Legends, Lore & Tall Tales
Missouri Old-Time Fiddling Traditions (Added 23 Apr 07)
Musical Traditions Articles (Added 27 Jul 08)
Old Indian and Metis Fiddling in Manitoba (Added 21 Nov 07)
"Origins, Structure, and Questions of Syncretism"
Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes (Added 21 Oct 08)
By Jeff Todd Titon; lots of tune notations; Google books preview
Old Town School Of Folk Music - Fiddle Blog (Added 29 Mar 09)
mp3, lyrics, discussion, demonstration
Old Town School Of Folk Music - Fiddle Stuff (Added 29 Mar 09)
mp3, notation, discussion
Physics of How A Violin Works
Player' Guide to 30 Violin Strings Brands (Added 25 Nov 07)
Playing Without Injuries (Added 1 Apr 07)
Play of a Fiddle (Added 28 Oct 07)
Preview; Traditional Music, Dance, and Folklore in West Virginia, By Gerald Milnes
Roots of American Fiddle Music
old photos, mp3
String Color Codes (Added 25 Nov 07)
Pirastro
String Color Ends (Added 25 Nov 07)
String ID Search (Added 25 Nov 07)
For violin, viola, cello, bass; choose ball & peg end color to determine brand of strings
Strings Information (Added 10 Feb 08)
Strings: All About Violin Strings (Added 21 Jan 08)
Strings: Choosing The Right Ones (Modified 13 Apr 08)
Strings Magazine Back Issue Archive (Modified 30 Dec 11)
some on-line articles
Strings Magazine Practical Musician Articles (Modified 30 Dec 11)
Strings Magazine: Your Instrument (Modified 30 Dec 11)
Tips From Musicians (Modified 30 Dec 11)
mp3 or podcast formats (for current ones); Search all Tips; Becky Buller; Casey Driessen; Jeremy Garrett; Alan Jabour; Bruce Molsky; Lisa Ray
Tips On Instrument Care
Top Ten Reasons Why Your Think or Know You Sound Rotten When You Play Your Fiddle (Added 12 Dec 07)
Traditional Tune Archive - New Site & Old Site (Added 31 Jul 12)
WIKI-based Reference Database of historial and musical information about 100's of fiddle tunes; Converting from Fiddlers Companion to WIKI in 2012
Tune Your Violin Online (Added 30 Dec 11)
Tunings For Traditional Fiddle (Added 27 Feb 08)
notation & MIDI
Tuning Your Violin (Modified 27 Dec 10)
flash player
Upgrading VSO (Violin Shaped Object) (Added 24 Jun 07)
photos of repair procedures
Vintage Fiddlers Oral History Project, 1984-1985 (Added 15 Oct 08)
ram files; interviews with Kentucky fiddlers: Alfred Bailey, Mary Bailey, Virgil Alfrey, Chillson Leach, J.P. Fraley, Annadeene and J.P. Fraley, David Sizemore, Hiram Stamper, Clyde Davenport, WDelbert Hughes
Violin Acoustics
Violin & Fiddle Care
Violinist In Balance (Added 18 Jul 09)
Addressing balance problems with 11 violinists at Faculty of Music in the Netherland
Violin Lessons with Simon Fischeruk (Added 17 Dec 10)
Practice Mind Map (jpg), Improve At Any Age (pdf), Muscles - Working From Point Zero (pdf), , , , ,
Violin Making
Construction, sound, care & maintenance
Violin Making Articles (Added 31 Jan 08)
Violin Mastery by Frederick H. Martens (Modified 28 Dec 10)
1919; Interviews with master violinists & teachers: Ysaye, Kreisler, Elman, Auer, Thibaud, Heifetz, Hartmann, Maud Powell
Violin Secrets (Added 20 Mar 08)
"Tips on Technique, Performing, and Practicing" from Clayton Haslop
Why Is The Violin So Hard To Play? (Added 30 Dec 11)
Physics Of Bowed Strings
World Fiddle Music (Modified 8 Nov 07)
need to register free, for full site access; audio; videos of fiddle styles; posture; left hand; ornamentation; bowing




Lessons

Art of The Slide
by Julie Lyonn Lieberman; excerpt from The Strad magazine; pdf file
Basic Fiddle Care (Added 7 Nov 07)
Benton Flippen: How To Play Fiddle (Added 28 Apr 10)
playing Sally Ann
Bluegrass College
tab, audio, video files; some free sample lessons
Bow Arm - A Plane In Space
Bow Arm Violin Exercises
Detaché, Collé, Martellé, Staccato,`Sautillé,`Ricochét, Chords
Bowing for Swing Fiddle
Bow Patterns in a Swing Improvisation
Bow Techniques (Added 20 Jan 08)
"The Development of a Violinist" by Calvin Sieb; practice techniques & videos
Bowing Techniques (Added 7 Nov 07)
Changing Fiddle Strings (Added 7 Nov 07)
Fiddle Hangout (Modified 26 Jul 08)
new Forum for registered users; Lessons; searchable MP3 archive; Links; developed by Eric Schlange, creator of Banjo Hangout
Fiddle Hub (Modified 27 Dec 10)
Register for access to free fiddle videos; How-To Lessons in text, tab & video; "
Fiddle Lessons - Folk Of The Wood
notation/tab for beginner to advanced
Happy Hollow Tune Of The Month
Hope Grietzer, fiddler; MP3 & PDF files; Archives
Hokum: Theory and Scales for Fiddle Tunes and Fiddle Improvisation (Added 25 Jun 09)
by Leon Grizzard; google books preview
Homespun Fiddle Lesson Videos (Modified 30 Dec 11)
2 minute video samples available for many lessons
How To Make Your (Left) Wrist Work For You - Part 1; Part 2
How To Play Fiddle: Video Series
Beginner Fiddle Lesson Videos with David Kaynor
Jazz Bowings
by Julie Lyonn Lieberman; excerpt from The Strad magazine; pdf file
Julie Lyon Lieberman on Playing Healthy Fiddle pt 1 (Added 27 Dec 2012)
Part 2, 3, 4
Keys To Good Bowing: Leverage & Flexibility
Article by Paul Anastasio
Learning Violin - free video lessons
tuning, posture, bow grip, bowing; E-Lessons
Left Hand Violin Exercises (Added 7 Nov 07)
Mel Bay Fiddle Sessions
Edited by Stacy Phillips
Mr Fiddle
Beginner instruction
Ornaments For Fiddle & Voice (Added 27 Feb 08)
explanation, notation & mp3 sample
Posture Pointers (Modified 30 Dec 11)
Practice Time - Make Better Use Of It (Modified 30 Dec 11)
Practice Tips (Added 8 May 07)
courtesy of Viola discussion list
Right & Left Hand Touch
by Julie Lyonn Lieberman; excerpt from The Strad magazine; pdf file
Rhythmic Ear Training
by Julie Lyonn Lieberman; pdf file
Secret To The Fiddler's Loose Wrist (Added 20 Apr 07)
Stacy Phillips Sample Fiddle Lessons
Strings Magazine Lessons (Modified 30 Dec 11)
String Pedagogy Notebook (Modified 28 Dec 10)
video instruction for Right & Left Hand Technique
Geography of the Bow (Modified 30 Dec 11)
Variations Of Bow Licks (Added 9 Nov 07)
Japanese site by Kahoru Kurokawa; mp3
Violon Bleu (Added 22 Mar 07)
French site; free lesson linked from Cours Gratuits; video, mp3; English site
Violin & Bow Holding Tips
Détaché; Posture; Right Hand Tone Production; Practice Ideas
Violin Masterclass
login as guest; Master Classes: videos of stance, right & left hand, scales, arpeggios, doublestops, intonation; Performance Files: videos of classical pieces
Virtual Violin Videos (Modified 2 Jan 09)
Professor Todd Ehle Video teaching techniques; Bow Techniques; String Crossing Techniques; Vibrato Techniques; Calvin Sieb Videos
World Fiddle Music (Modified 8 Nov 07)
need to register free, for full site access; audio; videos of fiddle styles; posture; left hand; ornamentation; bowing
Wrong Playing Techniques (Modified 30 Dec 11)
tips for avoiding injuries





MIDI, MP3, Notation, Tab, Video

3000 Fiddle Tunes (Added 9 Nov 07)
mp3s; Japanese site by Kahoru Kurokawa
A Complete Guide to Learning the Irish Fiddle (Modified 14 Apr 08)
by Paul McNevin; notation examples of: jigs, set dances, slow airs
Bernie Waugh's Fiddle Tunes (Added 22 Oct 07)
American, Canadian, Celtic, British & 4-Beat (Reel-like) Tunes, Jigs & Waltzes; in abc, pdf & ps formats
Birthdays of Famous Fiddlers (Added 29 Apr 11)
brief bio, discography, links to tunes
Brenda Stubbert - Canadian Cape Breton fiddler
some MP3 clips & notation
Cranford Publications
specializing in Celtic fiddle music; mp3 clips from various artists; abc tune archive;
Dancing On The Air Radio (Added 3 Mar 07)
streaming "audio archive of live musical performances" from Jay Ungar and Molly Mason's radio show
Fiddle Fork
Forum for registered users; over 13,000 music files in abc, notation (gif, jpg, pdf; often with chords), MIDI & BandInABox formats
Fiddleicious Fiddle Music pdfs
Fiddleicious Fiddle Rehearsal MP3s
Fiddle Hangout (Modified 26 Jul 08)
new Forum for registered users; Lessons; MP3 archive; Links; developed by Eric Schlange, creator of Banjo Hangout
Fiddle Jammer (Modified 30 Mar 14)
OldTime Fiddler; Audio file podcast; fiddle blog; Festival Jam Recordings
Fiddle-L 1999 Anthology of Fiddle Tunes
mp3 of 3 CDs of fiddle tunes from around the world; CD1-Celtic; Cd2-OldTime; CD3-Mix
Fiddler's Companion - Old Site & New Site (Modified 31 Jul 12)
Reference Database of historial and musical information about 100's of fiddle tunes; Converting to WIKI format in 2012
Fiddle Tabs
Frontier Fiddles Fiddle Tab (Added 27 Dec 07)
tablature; Jamboree Tab Books; Tab Collections
Google Videos: Fiddle
Hiram Stamper (Modified 27 Dec 10)
mp3
Jay Buckey Tablature
pdf format for multi-instruments
Juneberry Old Time Music Sampler 1920's & 1930's (Modified 31 Mar 14)
mp3
Key of C Old Time Fiddle Tunes (Added 19 Jun 07)
Old mp3 recordings
How To Play Fiddle: Video Series (Modified 28 Dec 10)
Beginner Fiddle Lesson Videos with David Kaynor
Luther Strong 1937 Fiddle Recordings (Added 25 Nov 07)
mp3
Mel Bay's Old-time Festival Tunes - Fiddle Versions
117 individual MP3s or 2 zip files
New England Fiddles Documentary
1983 29 minute documentary, presenting 7 traditional fiddlers, directed by John Melville Bishop
Northern Fiddle Music (Added 24 Feb 07)
mp3; from the "Ol" Fiddler Archive; featuring Don Messer, Ned Landry
Old Time Fiddle Tab (Added 22 Apr 10)
fiddle tab, mp3
Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes (Added 21 Oct 08)
By Jeff Todd Titon; lots of tune notations; Google books preview
Old Town School Of Folk Music - Fiddle Blog (Added 29 Mar 09)
mp3, lyrics, discussion, demonstration
Old Town School Of Folk Music - Fiddle Stuff (Added 29 Mar 09)
mp3, notation, discussion
Old Town School Of Folk Music - Fiddle Tunes (Added 29 Mar 09)
mp3
Ottawa Fiddle Ensemble Repertoire
standard sets, gospel & Christmas pdf files
Phillips Collection of Traditional American Fiddle Tunes (Added 21 Oct 08)
by Stacey Phillips; Google Book Preview
Quebecois Fiddle Recordings From 78's (Modified 19 Nov 07)
ram format; click Sujet for listing of various music types, eg: Musique de violoneux - fiddle recordings 1926 - 1948; hosted by the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec
Riddell Fiddles Teaching (Added 27 Apr 07)
pdf notation, guitar chords, windows media file format music samples
Roots of American Fiddle Music
old photos, mp3
Traditional Tune Archive - New Site & Old Site (Added 31 Jul 12)
WIKI-based Reference Database of historial and musical information about 100's of fiddle tunes; Converting from Fiddlers Companion to WIKI in 2012
Traditional Tunes of Downstate Illinois (Added 27 Feb 08)
361 MIDI tune samples from book
Violin Video Samples
Virtual Gramophone
Search for fiddle; mostly French Canadian tunes
World Fiddle Music (Modified 8 Nov 07)
need to register free, for full site access; audio; videos of fiddle styles; posture; left hand; ornamentation; bowing
YouTube Videos: Fiddle




OldTime Fiddle Festivals

Appalachian String Band Music Festival (Added 25 Apr 07)
early Aug in Clifftop, West Virginia
Mount Airy Bluegrass & Old Time Fiddlers Convention (Added 25 Apr 07)
early June in Mount Airy, North Carolina
National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest (Added 25 Apr 07)
Mid June in Weiser, Idaho
Old Time Fiddler's and Bluegrass Festival (Added 25 Apr 07)
late May at Fiddler's Grove Campground in Union Grove, North Carolina
Portland Old-Time Music Gathering (Added 2 Jan 09)
Jan; Portland, OR
The Festival Of American Fiddle Tunes (Added 21 Jan 08)
Jun - Jul; Port Townsend, WA.
Walnut Valley Festival (Added 25 Apr 07)
mid Sept in Winfield, Kansas




Fiddlers

Alan Jabbour (Added 18 Jan 08)
field collector; music samples
Art Stamper (Added 25 Oct 08)
Old-Time; RIP 2005
Benton Flippen: How To Play Fiddle (Added 28 Apr 10)
playing Sally Ann
Birthdays of Famous Fiddlers (Added 29 Apr 11)
brief bio, discography, links to tunes
Brad Leftwich (Added 25 Oct 08)
Old-Time; plays with Tom, Brad & Alice
Bruce Molsky (Added 25 Oct 08)
Old-Time; MySpace
Chirps Smith (Added 25 Oct 08)
Old-Time
Clyde Davenport: Field Recorder's Collective Notes (Added 28 Nov 07)
Tuning notes for some tunes
Clyde Davenport (Added 7 Dec 07)
bio; notation & music samples
Erynn Marshall (Modified 28 Dec 10)
Old-Time; MySpace; CDBaby
Folkways: The Fiddle - Styles (Added 20 Jul 08)
Real video; different fiddle styles in N. Carolina
Heidi Clare (Modified 28 Dec 10)
Old-Time; YouTube
Hiram Stamper (Modified 27 Dec 10)
mp3
Hugh Farr (Modified 31 Dec 11)
"Texas Stomp 1934-44" Album samples; Amazon samples; Blues & Swing; played with Sons Of The Pioneers
Jerry Holland - Cape Breton Fiddler (Added 12 Mar 07)
some MP3 samples of his playing
Manitoba Fiddle Assoc (Modified 28 Dec 10)
artist sample recordings
Maritime Fiddlers in Canada (Added 7 Feb 08)
Mark O'Connor (Modified 28 Dec 10)
multi-genre; YouTube
Matt Brown (Added 25 Oct 08)
American Roots; CDBaby: #1; #2; MySpace
Old Time Fiddlers Hall of Fame (Added 21 Jan 08)
Origami Fiddle Folded Blindfolded (Added 4 Oct 09)
TED talks Bruno Bowden folds Robert Lang Fiddling Fiddler in 2 minutes, while blindfolded
Rafe Stefanini (Added 5 Feb 08)
OldTime; MySpace
Rayna Gellert (Added 25 Oct 08)
Old-Time; MySpace; CDBaby
Rhys Jones (Added 25 Oct 08)
Old-Time; CDBaby
Vintage Fiddlers Oral History Project, 1984-1985 (Added 15 Oct 08)
ram files; interviews with Kentucky fiddlers: Alfred Bailey, Mary Bailey, Virgil Alfrey, Chillson Leach, J.P. Fraley, Annadeene and J.P. Fraley, David Sizemore, Hiram Stamper, Clyde Davenport, WDelbert Hughes
Violinists (Added 21 Jan 08)
Photos & Links




Fiddle Videos

Art Stamper (Added 23 Jun 07)
Benton Flippen: How To Play Fiddle (Added 28 Apr 10)
playing Sally Ann
Bow Rocking - Leather Britches (Modified 28 Dec 10)
Andy Reiner tutorial
Bow Techniques (Added 20 Jan 08)
"The Development of a Violinist" by Calvin Sieb; practice techniques & videos
Bruce Molsky (Added 24 Mar 07)
"Sally Ann"; "Kitchen Girl"; ; other YouTube Videos
Clifftop Documentary (Added 3 Mar 09)
Appalachian String Band Music Festival; featuring fiddlers: Lester McCumbers, Erynn Marshall, Jake Krack; 27 min
Colle Exercises for Violin with a Pencil (Added 6 Jul 10)
Fiddle Tube Videos (Added 28 Oct 07)
Youtube videos streamed & categorized at FiddleHangout
Folkstreams Music Videos (Added 28 December 10)
Appalachian Journey by Alan Lomax; Medicine Fiddle; Texas Style
Folkways: The Fiddle - Styles (Added 20 Jul 08)
Real video; different fiddle styles in N. Carolina
Google Videos: Fiddle
Greasy Elbow for Great Violin Tone (Added 6 Jul 10)
Henry Reed's Bowing Patterns (Added 7 Dec 07)
video by Alan Jabbour
Homespun Fiddle Lesson Videos (Modified 30 Dec 11)
2 minute video samples available for many lessons
How The Fiddle Flows (Added 21 Nov 07)
NFB film 2002; history of metis fiddling and stepdancing
How To Play Fiddle: Video Series (Modified 28 Dec 10)
Beginner Fiddle Lesson Videos with David Kaynor
Jean Carignan (Added 20 Mar 08)
"Hangman's Reel"
Johnny Gimble (Modified 28 Dec 10)
"Faded Love"
Julie Lyon Lieberman on Playing Healthy pt 1 (Added 27 Dec 2012)
Part 2, 3, 4
Kenny Baker (Modified 28 Dec 10)
"Jerusalem Ridge" with Bill Monroe; 1985
Kevin Burke (Added 7 Nov 07)
Learning Violin - free video lessons
tuning, posture, bow grip, bowing; E-Lessons
Lick Of The Week Video (Added 30 Dec 11)
Archive
Metis Fiddling (Modified 28 Dec 10)
20 min video; explanation of metis fiddling; Trent Freeman from Comox; "Red River Jig"; "Whiskey Before Breakfast"; "Big John McNeil"; "Tennessee Waltz"
Michael Doucet (Modified 28 Dec 10)
New England Fiddles Documentary
1983 29 minute documentary, presenting 7 traditional fiddlers, directed by John Melville Bishop
One-Arm Fiddler (Added 24 Nov 07)
Leonard, fingering with right hand, playing "Rosebud of Avenmore" (a.k.a. "Rose of Sharon")
Orange Blossom Special (Added 14 Jan 08)
with Del McCoury Band, featuring on fiddle: Vasser Clements, Jason Carter, Hunter Berry, Andy Leftwich, Stuart Duncan, James Price, Jim Van Cleve, Rhonda Vincent, Sara Watkins, Alison Krauss
Things You Can Do With A Bow
Willie Hall Plays violin, using the bow almost every conceivable/inconceivable way (as well as a finely tuned bicycle pump tune, which ends badly)
Tommy Jarrell (Modified 28 Dec 10)
Videos: "Arkansas Traveler"; "Jimmie Sutton"
Toyota's Violin-Playing Robot (Added 9 Dec 07)
Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" March No. 1; Youtube>
Violin Help Videos (Added 17 Jan 08)
Violin Lessons with Todd Ehle (Modified 26 Oct 09)
Playlists; Video Index; Tone Production; Relaxation; Relax & Balance; Ear-Training Exercises: #1
Violin Masterclass
login as guest; Master Classes: videos of stance, right & left hand, scales, arpeggios, doublestops, intonation; Performance Files: videos of classical pieces
Violin Practice Site (Added 21 Dec 08)
Indexing on-line violin instruction videos by various teachers
Violin Video Samples
Virtual Violin Videos (Modified 2 Jan 09)
Professor Todd Ehle Video teaching techniques; Bow Techniques; String Crossing Techniques; Vibrato Techniques; Calvin Sieb Videos
YouTube Videos: Fiddle
World Fiddle Music (Modified 8 Nov 07)
need to register free, for full site access; audio; videos of fiddle styles; posture; left hand; ornamentation; bowing