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I am coming to think that I need to learn basic "fiddling" as well as classical violin, but there are 100s of fiddle genres (e.g. Blue Ridge, southern Appalachian, Ozark, Western, many Scottish styles, etc.), and no-one, except a dedicated fiddler perhaps, can learn them all, so I have to choose one, or identify the basis to all fiddle playing - certain bowing rhythms, modes, etc.
(I've mentioned Western Swing before, more than once, so I guess I need to plump for that and stick with it, or learn what it shares with other styles)
Anyone know some good resources a beginner can use?
this link has been helpful
Paul Kirk at old time central.
Paul has an email address on there somewhere. He also does Skype lessons and has a youtube weekly tune he posts. he includes history for each tune he post and what tuning you should use. Then plays through like youd hear it in a jam.
Dan Levenson. does Skype lessons and has some GREAT fiddle and clawhammer books with audio available on Amazon or melbay.com
for a 20/month paid subscription Chad Manning at pegheadnation.com is great. Almost feels like a live lesson honestly. includes sheet music and a download play along track. bruce molsky also has a course there but for starters the Chad Manning might be worth a look. you can add additional courses for another 10.00