Why Wait, Just PLAY!
One of my favorite events of the year is the Fiddle Camp weekends, or any day I get to share this instrument with a very specific type of student. You might be that student and not know it, too! I am talking about the person who loves fiddle music, who owns bluegrass CDs, who has the tune of Ashokan Farewell memorized, but doesn't think they have the time or talent to play. When these folks come to Fiddle Camp and leave within the first day playing their first tune, the look on their face is priceless. No one comes out of camp playing like an expert, understand, they only have held the thing a few hours, but they do leave knowing how to bow, tune, and teach themselves. That is the real reason to come to camp - to have your hand held through the toughest introduction parts and leave with the confidence you can take it from there.
This weekend is a Fiddle Day Camp, just a one day workshop to learn. And in March is the next Fiddle Camp Proper (taking reservations now)n but if you don't have the ability to come here and no one around you teaches mountain music - you CAN TEACH YOURSELF. Get a full sized fiddle (4/4) online, get the book mentioned in the video, get a snark tuner and choose to just learn and you will. If I can do it, you can as well. There's no reason why anyone watching this video now couldn't be playing carols by Yuletide, and I mean that.
I hope you enjoy this vlog, it is just an introduction to the very basics, but it might be the inspiration to give this supposedly "scary" instrument a try!