Sunday, March 11, 2012

Win a Beginner's Guide to Mountain Music!

Let's talk about what really matters folks. Music. You'll read about horses a lot lately. And in a few days you can expect to see photos of pea shoots, lettuce sprouts, and my bucket of lambing supplies (fingers crossed) But right now I want to talk about music, or more importantly, finding music of your own.

I put off playing the fiddle for a long time. The reason? I thought it was too complicated to teach myself. This wasn't a harmonica or six-string in the attic, this was a violin. This was something taught to small Asian children at age 4 so they could finally present it at Carnegie Hall after a decade of 4-hours of practice a day. And if not concert/quartet classical—it was taught at the knee of secluded Appalachian cabins where Old Timer's who learned by ear and magic taught their progeny how to hoe down. Whatever the case, it wasn't for a clumsy 24-year-old with a station wagon who couldn't read sheet music. I didn't even try.

Then I found Wayne Erbsen's book, Old Time Fiddle for the Complete Ignoramus. It was written for me, I felt. A person with absolutely no idea how to even hold the fiddle, with grand dreams of sawing through Shady Grove at a campfire, and no ability to read music. I had the dream and Wayne had the path. He's been teaching Old Time Mountain Fiddle in North Carolina for a few decades now. He knows exactly how to approach, calm, assure, and support the new player. His book, a $20.00 eBay fiddle, a guitar tuner, and his CD is how I learned to play. And since I learned to play through tabs and ear (listening to the music and matching it on my own cheap instrument) I soon cold pause scenes in Songcatcher and Cold Mountain and play them after a little trial and error.

I will never forget when I realized I could read, that it all made sense. It was a Berenstain Bears book and I was around 5. I felt that exact same way when I could pause Cold Mountain and play "Ruby With The Eyes That Sparkle!" through just listening to it. That's what Wayne's books do. They don't teach you to play the fiddle. They teach you how to teach YOURSELF to play.

I wrote him to thank him when writing Made From Scratch, and every so often on Facebook we swapped messages Recently he got in touch with me and offered to giveaway a copy of ANY of his Ignoramus series books to a new banjo, mandolin, fiddle, or guitar picker out there. If you were waiting for a sign, here it is friends. Borrow your uncle's banjo and leave a comment in this post saying what book you'd like to win. One of you will randomly be selected and Wayne will ship one of his books to you.

Thank you Wayne for this giveaway! And as for the rest of you?
What do YOU want to play?

Click to see all his books at Nativeground.com

140 Comments:

Blogger KiwiGirl said...

OK, first cab off the rank today. I've always had a hankering to play the guitar so I'd love to win the Ignoramus guitar book.

March 11, 2012 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Ohhh, I wanna win so I can teach myself that Carter scratch!

March 11, 2012 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Tealah said...

I bought a violin off ebay myself a few months ago and have been putting off learning to use it. It's been sitting in my closet gathering dust, poor thing. I've had Mr. Erbsen's Old Time Fiddle for the Complete Ignoramus in my "saved" list on Amazon for a while but haven't been able to justify the money for a book. I'd like to win it, but if I don't I'm more than sure that eventually I'll have that extra twenty dollars and get it anyway.

March 11, 2012 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

So can you read music now? Or just play by ear?

March 11, 2012 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

P.S. I'm not here yet to say I want to learn to play this or that with confidence. Not yet.

March 11, 2012 at 8:40 PM  
OpenID outdoors1968 said...

Banjo for the complete ignoramus. I enjoyed the clawhammer banjo videos on your blog some time back!

March 11, 2012 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I have NO idea how to read music. I play dulcimer, banjo, guitar (a few chords) and fiddle by ear.

March 11, 2012 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

Oh man. I have his fiddle book and have found it so helpful (although I don't practice like I should). I would love his Flatpicking guitar book, though.

My mother just gave me a vintage handmade psaltery (unmarked). It needs some tender love, but it's a beauty. I've taken to collecting instruments that I will probably never have the time to learn to play. Not such a bad problem, though.

Thanks for the giveaway opp - to YOU and Wayne!

March 11, 2012 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger jdecris said...

Hi Jenna! Thanks for sharing your fiddle experiences and for the giveaway. I've been teaching myself how to play fingerstyle blue guitar for the past few months and would love to get my hands on Wayne's South Mountain Guitar book. I'm looking forward to reading your books, as I embark on my own homestead journey.

Cheers,
Justin
http://followtheox.wordpress.com/

March 11, 2012 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Guitar!

March 11, 2012 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Deairdre said...

Fiddle would definitely be my pick!

March 11, 2012 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Beth Ann said...

I so want/need that fiddle book!...
My heart aches for a fiddle!

March 11, 2012 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger English sheep gal said...

Thanks for another great giveaway, I watched some of the short video clips on his website and he does seem a great teacher. The book I'd really love is the Dulcimer one, ideal supporting info to your recent webinar, to help me get over feeling intimidated by my 1st dulcimer. However, it's not in the 'ignoramus' series, so I would have to try a new instrument - I'd pick the banjo book.

March 11, 2012 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

I would love to take a stab at the fiddle. I actually know how to play the violin (I was one of those 4 year olds you mentioned but never made it to Carnegie ;) )I haven't picked up my violin for 25 years. I keep it in my closet in a safe place for a time in the future. The future might be catching up with me.

March 11, 2012 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

I would love to take a stab at the fiddle. I actually know how to play the violin (I was one of those 4 year olds you mentioned but never made it to Carnegie ;) )I haven't picked up my violin for 25 years. I keep it in my closet in a safe place for a time in the future. The future might be catching up with me.

March 11, 2012 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

*Squeeee!* What a great idea!! I'm torn between the banjo book, and the fiddle book... I dearly love both. Hmmmm... I think I'll go with the banjo! :D

March 11, 2012 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

My great-grandfather used to play the fiddle and I just found a few of his old fiddles in a closet. I've always wanted to learn how to play and love the idea of learning how on his instruments. :)

March 11, 2012 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Euphorius said...

Oooooo, guitar or fiddle. This sounds like fun. Thanks for the chance to win!

March 11, 2012 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Ducky said...

In fifth grade, I was old enough to choose to join either band or orchestra at my elementary school. I decided to play the violin. I played for eight years and enjoyed every minute but never really got very good at it. The music theory, you see, baffled me. It still does. (Too much like math, perhaps?) I'd love to have a second go at it and learn to play by ear.

But I also have a fantasy of learning to play the banjo - an instrument that sends fire through my blood and seems impossible to sound sad.

March 11, 2012 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

Oh, these sound wonderful! I'd love to play the banjo or dulcimer, but only know some piano so far. Hubby plays the fiddle, though, as does my 11 YO, and today, thanks to craigslist, we became a 3 fiddle family by purchasing a small one for our 5 YO. I'm hoping we can all make some music together over the next few years.

March 11, 2012 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

Okay, after some rational thought, methinks I would actually rather have the fiddle book... We have two violins in our house, whereas we have no banjo. Methinks I would get farther along with the fiddle book. ;)

March 11, 2012 at 9:46 PM  
OpenID barntalkblog said...

I'd love to win the banjo book... apparently there is a banjo somewhere in my Grandma's attic that I'm dying to learn how to play!

-Autumn

March 11, 2012 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Indio said...

I'm the only one in my family with no musical talent. I would love to learn to play the banjo, like my daddy-o.

March 11, 2012 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger August Johnson said...

Wow, would I love to learn to play the fiddle!

March 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

I recently inherited my brother's mandolin. I would love to learn to play it, but the "teach yourself" books I've tried simply didn't take. I like to give it another try.

March 11, 2012 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I got a guitar for Christmas - something I have wanted for a long time but even more since my son was born 8 months ago. Now that I am exepcting my second, I want to learn even more so I can have a home filled with live music like I grew up with and so, one day, we can all play together. Thank you for the giveaway! The "do it yourself" approach to homesteading and just life in general is the thing I enjoy about your writing the most.

March 11, 2012 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger Nana said...

I would love the guitar book. I could certainly use a fresh approach and inspiration!

March 11, 2012 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Marci said...

I need the fiddle one!!! I have the fiddle and was told it is very hard to learn as an adult.

March 11, 2012 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger Lyssa said...

I've been stalking ebay fiddles and daydreaming about this...his method makes perfect sense to me! I don't want to play fiddle at carnegie hall, I want to be able to join in a circle of musicians around the campfire.

March 11, 2012 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger Nerissa said...

I have had his guitar book in my amazon wish list for at least 6 months. I keep meaning buy it but other things manage to use up my money first like donkeys!

:)

I would love to win this book. Thanks for sharing the opportunity and your experiences.

March 11, 2012 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

In all honesty, I want to play it all. I have a guitar that I'm hoping to get back to soon - maybe that'll happen tonight, now - but I also have a desire to play the fiddle, and I'm rather in love with the sound of dulcimer. So much music, so little time...

March 11, 2012 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

Fiddle please!

March 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger jugtownjane said...

Fiddle! Fiddle! Fiddle! 'Cause I've been fiddlin' around and need some... guidance?

March 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger Marlo said...

I have always wanted to play the cello. Maybe someday.

March 11, 2012 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I've always wanted to play the fiddle, too!

March 11, 2012 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I've always wanted to play the fiddle, too!

March 11, 2012 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Carissa Kennedy said...

Oh, goodness... Since I already have a guitar wasting away on my bedroom wall because books haven't made sense and lessons are expensive - I'll go with guitar picker!!!

March 11, 2012 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I just found your blog and love it. As middle-age brand new farmers and long time residents of east Tennessee, I enjoy reading about your love of this area. It truly gets in your blood doesn't it? Yesterday when I was at Tractor Supply in Sevierville gatherind up supplies for my first foray into chicken raising, I saw your book, Chick Days, I decided it was probably something I should read before actually buying chicks. I'm glad I did. It is full of good info for a greenhorn like me. Next time you come down this way, let me know. Oh, and I'll take the fiddle instruction book please! Cindy

March 11, 2012 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger macbew said...

Thank you for this opportunity. I wanted to join the fiddle contest you held 2 or 3 years ago but found your blog a little too late to join. So if I win this I would love the one for fiddles!!! again thank you and Wayne for this chance!!!

March 11, 2012 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger wisegoat acres said...

I want to learn how to play the guitar.

March 11, 2012 at 11:38 PM  
Blogger Jerusaleme said...

I dream of playing the fiddle, but before that I always wanted to learn the mountain dulcimer

March 11, 2012 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

What a wonderful giveaway! It's a tie between the fiddle and the banjo. I'm leaning towards the fiddle though...

March 12, 2012 at 12:07 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I'd love to win the guitar book! I was just starting to learn and stopped when baby #1 came along 15 years ago. Now baby #2 is 13 and wants to elarn to play, so we could learn together.

March 12, 2012 at 12:39 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I'm such a banjo ignoramus I don't know whether I'd like Bluegrass Banjo or Clawhammer Banjo -- one of them, anyway.

March 12, 2012 at 2:14 AM  
Blogger Elli M said...

I've had the fiddle book on my amazon list (along with a starter violin) since reading your first book, but keep putting it off. Maybe this is the kick in the pants I need! :D

March 12, 2012 at 2:49 AM  
Blogger Jedediah said...

I think I've said this before, but after reading about the way you learned the fiddle and other instruments, I finally decided to go ahead and buy a banjo. I can read sheet music...ish, but learning to play by ear seems the better way to me. It's been a lot of fun and no-one could have been happier than me after playing Scarborough Fair for the first time.

I opt out of the giveaway, I think the book should go to someone who has yet to start the journey :)

March 12, 2012 at 3:39 AM  
Blogger Flowerfox said...

Sigh. "Ruby With The Eyes That Sparkle" gives me shivers every time I hear it! Love love love mountain music - there is just something about it that stirs my soul and makes me want to move to America and live in the mountains (I am from Australia!). If you choose me, I would find it hard to decide between fiddle and banjo......hmmmmm......fiddle :)

March 12, 2012 at 4:31 AM  
Blogger blind irish pirate said...

How about rhythm guides for the ignoramus? That's me! I'll bite for the guitar book, although mandolin is sooo tempting. :)

March 12, 2012 at 5:00 AM  
Blogger kwdiving said...

My house is filled with musicians and I would love to learn.these books sound like a great way to learn. Thanks for the info on his books. Are you still looking for your dream Gibson?

March 12, 2012 at 6:10 AM  
Blogger Jaye said...

I have always, always wanted to learn how to play the violin. Back in grammer school when everyone was picking an instrument to play, I picked the violin but my parents told me no, that I would never practice (great way to show support mom and dad!) so it is one of those things I still want to do!!

March 12, 2012 at 6:17 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

i want to learn to play mountain fiddle music on my great-grandpa's violin.

March 12, 2012 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger small farm girl said...

I have an old fiddle that my dad gave me. I would love to learn to play it!

March 12, 2012 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Meagan said...

Goodness. I really need to learn to play the fiddle- it just does something to me. I've always thought it too complicated to teach myself. Maybe not?

March 12, 2012 at 7:25 AM  
OpenID roseandphoenix said...

I can read sheet music (I play the flute poorly but happily), but I can't by ear. I've always wanted to learn the violin and to be able to play by ear around a campfire or at a ceilidh (kitchen party), so the fiddle book would be the one I'd choose.

March 12, 2012 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger wendy said...

Guitar, please. I tried learning when I was a kid. My entire repertoire consisted of Molly Malone. I was just thinking it was a good time to try again. This would be a great kick start.

March 12, 2012 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger embracingitall said...

I have a violin which I would dearly love to understand and be able to play more than just twinkle twinkle little star on, after all, I'm in my 30's! So the fiddle book would be my choice. Jacinta

March 12, 2012 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger blissbelly said...

banjo please!!! Thank you so much!

March 12, 2012 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I would love to win the Ignoramus book for guitar. My husband got a guitar for Christmas and can play a little but has no direction in which to learn more.

March 12, 2012 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger downeast becka said...

yee haw...got that borrowed banjo and feel just how you said you used to feel, so you are giving me hope it is possible!

March 12, 2012 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger downeast becka said...

yee haw...got that borrowed banjo and feel just how you said you used to feel, so you are giving me hope it is possible!

March 12, 2012 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Sweet! Strep the last post about music I found his guitar book and added it to my wish list. It sounds like the PERFECT book for me. I've already borrowed my daddy's guitar!

March 12, 2012 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

I've had that same "its too late for me" attitude in the past as I've listened to friends make music on their banjos and guitars. But lately I realize that doesn't have to be so! The banjo would be my pick!

March 12, 2012 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Spiderjohn said...

I would like the banjo or mandolin book.

March 12, 2012 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger lemontreelane said...

would love to learn the guitar!!!! what a great give away!

March 12, 2012 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Project Somos Children's Village said...

The mandolin is waiting for me! This is really great! Heather

March 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Cary said...

My Dad's fiddle. He's gone now and I'd love to make it sing again like he did. Love that guy, love that fiddle. Miss hearing him play it. Thank you for loving fiddle music and making it approachable for me.

March 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Oh, I'd love to play the fiddle! My stepdaughter has a violin catching dust that she quit playing a few years ago. I'd love to put it to some use again. :)

March 12, 2012 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger karental said...

Oh, I spent 45 minutes at the music store the other day playing with a banjo. I tuned it intuitively (and spot on, as the tuning machine showed). I progressed from "this doesn't make sense" to "Holy moly, I just played a song!" in that time. I should've walked out of there with that banjo, but common sense stopped me. I think this contest is an indication that I need to throw common sense out the window and follow my picking dream!

March 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger greendria said...

I would love to win the fiddle book! I have a borrowed violin just sitting here, all I need are new strings!

March 12, 2012 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

clawhammer banjo!

March 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Sooz said...

Fiddle for me. I've wanted to play for the longest time. That time is now. Thanks Jenna!

March 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Christee said...

I would love to win the fiddle book!!

March 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

ooh!! I"d love to win the ignoramous fiddle book. I've got a fiddle, I've taught myself a couple of pieces, but I've kinda gone stale in the last couple of months. I run my fingers over her every now and again, but I haven't learned anything in quite some time. I'd love a how to.

March 12, 2012 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger MIB said...

I'd love one of the mandolin books!!

March 12, 2012 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Valri said...

I"ve always had a thing for the mandolin!

March 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM  
OpenID northwestshift said...

Oh, I would love to play mandolin!

March 12, 2012 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger The Weekend Homesteader said...

I think having the mandolin book would be the one for me.

March 12, 2012 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger RuralLegend said...

I really need to get back to learning the guitar! It's been a few years...

March 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Hound Doggy said...

I got my banjo about a year ago....and haven't made much progress. A new book might just give me a jump-start.

March 12, 2012 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Oooo, the fiddle please!
Thank you!

March 12, 2012 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger 2houndnight said...

Fiddle, Fiddle, Fiddle....I've always wanted to play the fiddle....
I enjoy the challenge of teaching myself something new, and the security it offers.... I can practice and fool around with something until I feel comfortable enough with my new skills to learn from others...

March 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger quiltaholic said...

Would love to play all of those instruments - but would be happy with Flatpickin Guitar to start with :)

March 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Helois said...

I would love love love to learn to play the fiddle.

March 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I've wanted to learn to play the banjo for years....but have always been afraid to try for many of the same reasons you put off fiddle. Please, pick me! I'd love it!

March 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Cappy said...

Fiddle!

March 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I would love this! I played violin for 10 years in youth/teen orchestra and never loved classical music. Now a decade later I picked it back up and am teaching myself bluegrass/country fiddle. I would love to learn how to play by ear, as I can ONLY play by reading sheet music.

March 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger tea4too0 said...

I have the fiddle, just need the book, and some luck. thanks.
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March 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Doc DuraMater said...

Struggling to decide between the fiddle and the mandolin options. In either case, what a fab offer! Thanks.

March 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Melanie J. said...

Guitar! It's sitting around collecting dust, mainly b/c of the reasons you outline (and a bit of mind block about chords, because I played trumpet as a kid). Thanks for the opportunity!

March 12, 2012 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Guitar please.

March 12, 2012 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

I would love to win the fiddle book!!

March 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Guitar! I 'm done waiting, now's the time!

March 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I can't think of the fiddle without remembering all those Saturday nights we would sit around and listen to the Prairie Home Companion. The hubs and I still catch it if we're on the road at the right time. I know a little guitar, but out of those books I would definitely pick the fiddle.

March 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger farmforeman said...

I'd like to win the banjo book. My husband gave up on learning to play, so I can "borrow" his banjo. Maybe he'll be inspired to try again.

March 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger gooddoug said...

I would love an excuse to pick up fiddle. I am a complete ignoramus, and so the Fiddle for the Complete Ignoramus seems perfect for me

March 12, 2012 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger delpasored said...

Fiddle definitely. Good luck to everyone, especially me!

March 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger mable said...

I'd love to get the fiddle book. I play the accordion and it was only 15 years into my marriage that I learned that my husband had been an accordion nerd in junior high, too! We are now a two accordion family, with a dog who howls along when we play.

March 12, 2012 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger michele.h said...

Can't win if you don't play!
Thanks for sharing your most interesting life!

March 12, 2012 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger nese said...

I have always been afraid to try for all the reasons that you listed.I have been wanting to learn the lap dulcimer or fiddle but have a block since one time my piano teacher gave up on me. : )

March 12, 2012 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

I would love to learn how to play the banjo. I played the fiddle years ago in middle and part of high school but it never quite grabbed my attention well enough to stick with playing it.

March 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I would love to win his fiddle book. I've always wanted to play the fiddle but didn't really have the money for lessons and I didn't think it was something you could learn on your own. After hearing your story though, Jenna, I may just have to give it a try.

March 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM  
OpenID gretchencain said...

I *just* picked the fiddle back up after participating in your fiddle competition in Summer 2009. I love Wayne's Fiddling for Complete Ignoramuses book and would be very happy to add "Southern Mountain Fiddle" to my collection so I can keep progressing!

March 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Jackiet said...

Fiddle for me, all day long. Have always wanted to learn! Can't wait for my first ceilidh
Jackie

March 12, 2012 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I have tried to learn guitar a few times in my life without much success. After reading your book I wanted to try a dulcimer. It took me six months to finally get one! I got it last week I am pretty good at Oh Susanna on the melody strings as long as I don't drink too much beer! LOL!!! Anyways I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a dulcimer book!!! Once I am good at playing my dulcimer I want to try the banjo or fiddle. I love the sounds all of those instruments make!!!!!There is nothing more relaxing than sitting outside strumming a tune :)

March 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger CarolG. said...

I would so love to learn to play the mandolin. Something about the music I hear them make just speaks to my heart.

March 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger jim said...

banjo would work for me-this might do it

March 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger unpackingtreasure said...

Yes please to the fiddle book!

March 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

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March 12, 2012 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger jim said...

banjo would work for me-this might do it

March 12, 2012 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger vita said...

I would love to learn how to play the fiddle... and thank you for introducing me to the Carolina Chocolate Drops its music to my soul :)

March 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger becky said...

i always wanted to learn to play the fiddle but like you i always thought it was to hard to try

March 12, 2012 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger kwalk said...

I would LOVE the fiddle book!!

March 12, 2012 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger Louis said...

just yesterday i was thinking about learning the banjo. i searched amazon and found his books very interesting. if i had to pick one, i would go with the bluegrass banjo F.T.C.I.

March 12, 2012 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Goyle said...

I would love to learn the fiddle or guitar. Tempus fugit!!

March 12, 2012 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Kuri said...

It would be amazing to win such a wonderful prize! Not only would I love to learn to play the guitar but my dad is always talking about learning. We are working to making our own "homestead" and your blog has inspired and encouraged me. I check everyday for my "pick me up". Thank you. Jenny

March 12, 2012 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I would love to try the mandolin book!

March 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger Nancy McKinnon said...

I want the Ignoramus fiddle book!

March 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger IslandBettie said...

I live on an island off the coast of Maine. I have 3 children, a fisherman for a husband and I have started my farm. We have no one to teach music out here and I have decided to homeschool my children. I woul love the opportunity to own the fiddle book so that on nights after dinner the children and I could play some music before bed! To whoever wins Bright Blessings and wicked warm hearts!

March 12, 2012 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Deadpenguin said...

I have a guitar sitting in the corner that I have been putting off learning. I will take a shot at the Guitar for the Complete Ignoramus! please.

March 12, 2012 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Deadpenguin said...

I have a guitar sitting in the corner that I have been putting off learning. I will take a shot at the Guitar for the Complete Ignoramus! please.

March 12, 2012 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger beanyween said...

Actually, banjo, or guitar! or maybe fiddle.....

March 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Paulette said...

The fiddle is my choice. What fun!

March 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Angie @ Crazy Country Momma said...

I would love to win the fiddle book.
My husband bought me one for my birthday because I've always wanted to learn to play!

March 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

I'd love the banjo one! Already have his Ignoramus for fiddle and mandolin and love them. Banjo's next.

March 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

After being around some really great fiddlers recently, fiddle would be my pick. The guide sounds really great and if I don't win, I'll probably save up and get a copy.

March 13, 2012 at 9:48 AM  
OpenID Michelle said...

A mandolin would be interesting to learn.

March 13, 2012 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Robyn said...

I'd want the Mountain Dulcimer book. I think they're lovely, and as I don't have much of a musical background, the ease of learning (comparatively) would be a real blessing. And probably a jumping off point to the more complicated instruments I'd love to learn.

March 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My great grandfather was a fiddle player, I have often thouight I should learn - when my Dad passed in July of last year he left me an old fiddle he had been starting to learn at 75. Figure I should take up the banner so to speak.

March 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Kelly Adele said...

Flatpicking Guitar for the Complete Ignoramus please! My guitar is collecting dust once again because I have such trouble trying to learn it. Perhaps this will help? 16th time is a charm, right? Thanks!

March 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I have an unused guitar at home that I would love to learn to play.

March 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Joie said...

I have a nice open back banjo sitting in my closet that I've tried learning three times. I'd love the banjo book!

March 13, 2012 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Sue Steeves said...

I want to learn to play the fiddle soooooo bad! Going to buy a starter one off ebay when I get my bonus this year!!!!

March 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger sloejennfizz said...

I have a free guitar that is gathering dust in the corner. Maybe if I had the "Flatpicking Guitar for the Complete Ignoramus" book I could dust it off!

March 13, 2012 at 8:45 PM  
OpenID Angie said...

I would really like to learn the banjo someday but in the meantime I'm keeping busy with my dusty old school violin and this fiddle book. I'd love to get the guitar one and pull out my old guitar, too :)

March 13, 2012 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Kasha said...

This would be awesome to win! I would love the Fiddle book!

March 13, 2012 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger Kasha said...

This would be awesome to win! I would love the Fiddle book.

March 13, 2012 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger MamaMoJo said...

I'm beginning to think you're peeking in my curtains! Poking & prodding me to follow my dreams like you can see inside my head, and my heart. I've been wanting to take up a new instrument lately. I've played the flute since I was 10, but 5 years ago it was stolen when our house was burglarized while we were away for Christmas, and I've never set the money aside to replace it. In truth, I think my heart is broken. Crushed, in fact. I loved that flute! I loved our story, our journey together from that first F note to our final symphony. Even today when I hear a favorite song my hands still finger those familiar keys. I miss it in the way a widow misses her old man! But now I'm ready to fall in love again! Perhaps with a fiddle?!?

March 14, 2012 at 2:09 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

After seeing your video on the dulcimer I really want to get one and learn to play. You girl are inspiration to us all!

March 14, 2012 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Wayne is the one who taught me how to play the fiddle when I was in college (Warren Wilson College). Small world! He made it seem easy, so I bet the book is good - I'll have to pick up a copy myself and get started at the fiddle again.

March 18, 2012 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger rachelcorrie said...

I change my mind quite often, so when I have a desire to do something I set a timeline. If I still want to learn something in 4 months, I am serious about it. I mean, serious..... and fiddling is something I have had a deep desire to do for over 4 months. With that said, may i have the Ignormaus Fiddle book please??

March 19, 2012 at 1:07 AM  

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