Hello, here’s hoping that this new blog holds up. I’m focusing on reflections relating to music here.
To kick things off, here are some thoughts on new fiddle books that I am terribly excited about.
1. Aroebics For Fiddlers, by Carol Ann Wheeler: This book and CD have some awesome technical exercises
2. Fiddler’s Friend, by Randy Miller: This is a small book that will fit in a fiddle case. It has forty effective exercises that really emphasize some of the tricky bowing and left-hand stuff that holds fiddlers back.
3. American Fiddle Method has a new volume of Canadian tunes and instruction by April Verch and Brian Wyckland. This is a book and CD that gradually introduces Canadian repertoire and ornamentations. I’m planning to play through this book sometime this winter when I have a few free days. Just glancing through it, it looks somewhat easy but still very interesting and fun.
4. Richard Greene has a brand new book and CD with transcriptions of all his recorded solos with Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys. I haven’t received my copy yet, but it promises to be biblical fiddleness.
So that’s what this fiddle nerd is excited about recently. More to come soon.