At last the excitement of traditional folk fiddling can be experienced by your entire string orchestra! Written by two renowned educators, this fun and motivating collection of 16 cross-cultural fiddle tunes is presented in a unique format that makes it perfect for players of any level or age. Each tune includes a solo version, followed by a 3-part "arrangement" for group performance. Chord symbols, for improvisation additional instruments (guitar, mandolin, etc.) are also included.
Title: Fiddlers Philharmonic, Edited by Dabczynski, Andrew H. and Phillips, Bob, Published by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
A set of tunes that sound great with beginning string players. These old-time fiddle tunes have roots in Irish, British, Scottish and African folk music as well as 19th century popular music. Students with various levels of ability can learn the tunes and play them together using the unique and effective Fiddlers Philharmonic format. All parts can be played together using any combination.
Title: Basic Fiddlers Philharmonic: Old-Time Fiddle Tunes, By Dabczynsku and Phillips, Published by Highland/Etling
New from the Philharmonic series, this collection is an absolutely perfect way to introduce Celtic fiddling to your youngest string players! Eleven tunes from the Celtic fiddling tradition are presented first in a simplified, very easy "Basic" version of the tune printed with note names in the note heads. The tune is also presented in an "Advanced", but still accessible version of the tune. Lyrics are included where applicable. The optional accompaniment CD features recordings of the Basic and the Advanced tune as well as a back-up track for play-along at home or in class.
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. A CD for listening and play-along captures the excitement of the music and aids instruction. This book is beneficial for both fiddle students and classical Suzuki violin students.
Title: The American Fiddle Method, By Wicklund, B. and Farr, F., Published by Mel Bay Publications
By Peter Cooper. This practical guide to the art of Irish fiddle playing presents 80 traditional tunes including reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas, and more, all complete with bowing and chords. This course is not for the total beginner on violin. You need to be able to play at least simple pieces in first position. Music reading ability is also recommended.
Title: The Complete Irish Fiddle Player, Published by Mel Bay Publications
This easy Gypsy-style introduction takes you on a musical journey along the Romany Trail, assimilating the musical idioms of Eastern Europe and the Mideast. Here are the core nuggets of the flashy and exotic Gypsy style, distilled to their essence. Fun, easy Gypsy-style tunes; Authentic Gypsy violin techniques - scales, bowings, ornaments and more; Play-along CD with slow lead tracks and slow accompaniment tracks; Glossary of techniques and terms.
Title: Gypsy Violin Basics: A Beginner's Guide, By Harbar, Mary Ann, Published by Mel Bay Publications, Item number: 21351BCD
The Fiddle Series provides a valuable resource of fiddle tunes for anyone interested in this style of music. The authors, music instructors, include various makings (bar numbers, fingerings, and bowings) which are helpful in teaching, especially in group situations. Several of the tunes in this collection includes parts for two violins. The tunes in this book have been recorded by the Calgary Fiddlers and are available on CD. On the recording, the tunes have been grouped into medleys which follow the order of the book.
Title: The Fiddle Club Book 2 (Barrage), Published by Mel Bay Publications
Improvise with more expression and freedom in bluegrass and related styles. These ideas, exercises, and etudes will help you expand your palette of improvisational techniques and sounds. Develop your fingerboard versatility, and master harmonic and rhythmic ideas on the violin. The CD has demonstration and play-along tracks, performed by an all-star bluegrass band. You will learn to build solos using techniques such as: uncovering a melody's most defining notes, and using them in a new context; reharmonizing chords and changing modes; breaking down, rearranging and varying melodic and rhythmic cells; using position shifts, string crossings and double stops; drawing from tetrachords, guide-tone lines, and other constructs.
This book attempts to capture, in a concise manner, some of the diverse sounds that help to make mountain fiddling the exciting art that it is today. All pieces in first position. Chord symbols provided, or you may wish to purchase the companion piano accompaniment.
Title: The Magic of Appalachian Fiddling, By McCabe, Larry, Published by Santorella Publications, Ltd.
The Fiddle Club is an educational series of books and recording each featuring a unique collection of traditional and original folk tunes. It provides a valuable resource of fiddle tunes for anyone interested in this style of music. The authors, music instructors, included various markings (bar numbers, fingerings, and bowings) which are helpful in teaching, especially in group situations. Several of the tunes in this first collection include parts for two violins. The tunes in this book have been recorded by the Calgary Fiddlers and are available on CD. In the recording, the tunes have been grouped into medleys which follow the order of the book. For those individuals who would like to perform this material, a piano and guitar accompaniment edition is available for each collection.
Title: The Fiddle Club Book 1 (Barrage), Published by Mel Bay Publications