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...

Sheeps and Hogs Going To The Pasture: Fiddle Lesson with Craig Judelman

"Sheeps and Hogs Going to the Pasture" is a fun tune that was played and recorded by Kentucky fiddler Buddy Thomas (1934-1974). It's played in the key of G out of standard tuning: GDAE....

Old Folks Get in Bed: fiddle lesson with Craig Judelman

In the 1920s, Georgia fiddler Oscar Ford and fellow bandmate Walter Morris made a number of great recordings including this one: Old Folks Get in Bed. Craig Judelman teaches this great tune and gives...

Circle Bowing: fiddle lesson with Craig Judelman

This next video in the series on oldtime fiddle technique dives into circle bowing - a key component of what makes oldtime fiddling so unique and driving. By continuously playing one string and catching...

Why Do A Preacher Like Chicken So: fiddle lesson with Craig Judelman

In this video Craig Judelman teaches an original Garry Harrison tune "Why Do A Preacher Like Chicken So." It's a fun, if demanding, three-part tune in C (standard tuning). Unlike most oldtime tunes, it...

Sally Ann, the Gal I Like: Fiddle Lesson with Craig Judelman

In this lesson Craig teaches a tune that he learned from Bruce Greene. Bruce learned it, in turn, from Snake Chapman. Recording of the tune by Snake Chapman, on Slippery Hill This fuller history below is...

Blackest Crow: Fiddle lesson with Craig Judelman

In this lesson, Craig Judelman teaches the classic ballad "The Blackest Crow" also called "As Time Draws Near" or "My Dearest Dear". A slow waltz, Judelman shows bowing options for playing in three and...

Highlander’s Farewell: fiddle lesson with George Jackson

In this lesson, Nashville, TN oldtime fiddler George Jackson teaches the classic Emmett Lundy version of "Highlander's Farewell." He also includes a refresher on the finer points oldtime bowing, applicable to many other tunes...

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...

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...