Left hand fiddle exercises: lesson with Craig Judelman

Few musicians truly enjoy spending time on their instrument working on technique, etudes, or intonation. It's just not as much fun as playing tunes or learning new material. But those who have spent even...

Ask Craig: FAQ for oldtime fiddle

Here Craig Judelman gives answers to some of the most common questions oldtime fiddlers have. Of course, in oldtime there are no "right" answers, but Craig's combination of experience and technical knowledge is surely...

Rocky Pallet: Fiddle Lesson with Craig Judelman

In this lesson Craig Judelman teaches the classic "Rocky Pallet" based on a source version from The Skillet Lickers (1929). This three part tune is a favorite in many local oldtime communities. The fiddle is...

Lonesome John – fiddle lesson with George Jackson

George Jackson is a wonderful New Zealand-born, Nashville-based oldtime fiddler and a great, methodical teacher to boot. In this video he teaches a classic modal cross tune by John Salyer: Lonesome John. If you're...

Gilsaw – fiddle lesson with John P. Williams

John P. Williams is a wonderful fiddler from the "Little Dixie" region of North Missouri. This part of the country was strongly influenced by a handful of outstanding fiddlers of the older generation, and...

Twin Sisters: Fiddle Lesson with Craig Judelman

In this lesson Craig Judelman teaches "Twin Sisters" based on the playing of West Virginia fiddler Melvin Wine. It's a fun, up-tempo tune with lots of opportunity for variety in bowing. Guitar chords D / G...

Oldtime Bow Holds: lesson with Craig Judelman

There's lots of confusion about how to hold the bow in oldtime fiddle. In this video Craig Judelman breaks down a variety of different bow holds and discusses their various merits. There's no one...

Elk River Blues – fiddle lesson with Dakota Karper

In this video, West Virginia fiddle teacher Dakota Karper shows how she plays Ernie Carpenter's classic Elk River Blues. A common tune at many jam sessions, it's fun to break out something slow and...

Cripple Creek: fiddle lesson with Craig Judelman

It's hard to get any more standard than Cripple Creek! Many people avoid chestnuts like these once they've gotten a few more tunes under their belt, but that's a shame. Here Craig Judelman (with...

Chinquapin Hunting – fiddle lesson with Dakota Karper

West Virginia fiddler Dakota Karper teaches the popular tune Chinquapin Hunting. This version is most closely related to that of Virginia fiddler Norman Edmonds. Chinquapin Hunting is played in the cross tuning AEAE (low...