It's taken me a little bit to get this understood, because I'm more a 'melody' person - even though I love harmonized music.
So, gathered these videos together - I hope will help other new Fiddlers, too.
If you want to accompany or backup a singer or another Fiddler, you don't want to be playing the same thing they are!
You do need to figure out what key to play in, so you can at least come up with a few quick chords and chord progressions.
♥ This is where the CIRCLE OF FIFTHS can help!
Here's a GREAT video - simple & straight forward - important to memorize some of this.
♥ For more advanced.
♥ Chord Basics.
♥ Now, find simple chords to play on the Fiddle (short videos).
♥ By EAR!
♥ Want to do more?
♥ The Nashville Number System!
♥ Now, get specific!
These are all helpful in general, but there are backup tutorials for specific tunes on YouTube that you can search. 😊
Pretty soon we'll ALL be Jammin'!
Love to know if others have tips not mentioned in the above videos!
...I better git to memorizing.
For members, like me, new to playing the violin, with little other musical instrument background, I think I should've mentioned more about chords, first. (lol)
Up until recently, I have only thought of 'intervals' as a 'half or whole step', between notes on the violin.
When it comes to chords, larger intervals are very important and have important features that can effect your choices for playing backup or improv.
These intervals have names, e.g., "Dominant 7th", "Major 3rd", "Perfect 5th", etc...
If you need help understanding the relationship of intervals and chords, there's a few short lessons at popgrammar.com, that I found can really help! Maybe start with this one:
I have no guitar background and started violin with very little understanding of why and how chords can be so effective - other than I was told to just "play these chords" in my limited piano lessons.
...still working on knowing all this better. 😊