Saddles and Scales
Tomorrow is one of my favorite things hosted here at the farm, an Indie Day. I sell a Four-Hour Fiddle Class Package for absolute beginners and a reader is coming by to hold her own fiddle for the first time and learn to teach herself. Her instrument is in the case, the strings and bridge set, tuned, and waiting to meet her. The bow is rosined, the book is ready, and I will be putting on a pot of coffee and heating the house up to a toasty level by the time she arrives. I know she's excited, but probably not as much as I am. Teaching people about this instrument is a quiet thrill. It's something so many people think is hard or complicated, but in reality fiddles are not violets - small and frail and fragile - they are beaming sunflowers as large as your own head. They are tough, powerful, hearty and have a range few other instruments can match. Tomorrow Gina will learn to tune, care and feed for, play her first scale and song before she leaves. She'll have all the tools one needs to take on mountain music! If she lets me post a video of her progress, I will! It's something you just have to see to believe, folks. That progression from befuddled beginner to easy sawing on those metal strings. It never gets old, and bringing new fiddlers into this world is fine work.
If you want to come for a one-on-one fiddle lesson (comes with a fiddle) email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!