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Banjo Roots and Branches: Exploring the African Roots

This is post 1 of 4 in the series Banjo Roots and Branches. When I started learning how to play the banjo in 2006, I was unaware of the rich and complex history of the...

Graham Dezarn

I grew up from the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where I still live.  My parents spent a lot of time at the Bluemont contradances and my dad was a fiddle player, so I saw pretty clearly how much fun could...

Take it slow: tools to slow down recordings

Overview: Learning tunes by ear is great – slowing tunes down makes that easierThere are many free and paid programs that can help you do thatYouTube and Timestretch are two good, free ways places to start

Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s, Harry Bolick and Stephen T. Austin (2015)

Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s Harry Bolick and Stephen T. Austin University Press of Mississippi, 2015 Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s is an ambitious work that brings together various materials collected as part of a concerted effort to document the music...

Caitlin Hearn

Caitlin Hearn is a fiddle player who currently lives in Regensburg, Germany, where she is an English teacher. She got her musical feet wet at age 9, when she began studying classical violin in her hometown of Silver Spring, Maryland. As a teenager, she...