no other way to say it, fiddling is just plain fun! As
soon as we break out into fiddle tunes, the excitement
and energy level soars. The rhythmic, catchy melodies
are hard to stop playing. We play Irish jigs and reels,
old time, pretty waltzes, polkas and more.
my students learn fiddle tunes along with the Suzuki
repertoire, although I have some students who focus on
group lessons we often play some fiddle tunes with my
husband, Charlie on guitar. Sometimes Charlie and I will
get our studios together for a student jam. He teaches
guitar, mandolin and bass.
I use a
variety of books and materials to teach fiddle tunes.
Some are available for free on the Internet. However, I
like to use books written specifically for fiddle, such
as Hope Grietzerís book, Learn to Fiddle.
and I love acoustic music of various traditional styles,
and we take every opportunity to attend jams with
friends and future friends at festivals and house
parties. Some of our favorite festivals are the Walnut
Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas; Bluegrass on the
River in Pueblo, Colorado; the Mid-Winter Bluegrass
Festival in Northglenn, Colorado; The High Mountain Hay
Fever Festival in Westcliffe, Colorado and the Palisade
Bluegrass and Roots Festival in Palisade, Colorado.
way to get into jamming is to regularly attend jam
sessions, and there are several in the Pikes Peak
Region. For one, the
Black Rose Acoustic Society holds various jam
sessions; the Kidsí Jam is especially helpful and
welcoming for young people starting out. There are also
sessions for bluegrass, Gospel, radio oldies, Irish,
rockabilly and other styles.
provides a wonderful community!