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...

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...

Spotted Pony – fiddle lesson with Dakota Karper

The wonderful Dakota Karper of Capon Bridge, West Virginia teaches the classic "Spotted Pony" in her usual clear, methodical way. Great for relative beginners, but also just a fun tune to break out in...

Banging on the Hood: Fiddle lesson with Craig Judelman

In this video, Craig Judelman teaches a rockin' tune from the The Georgia Mudcats. It's a fun C tune with some quick A minors in there too, so it sounds a little different than...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 Cumberland: fiddle lesson with Craig Judelman

In this lesson Craig Judelman teaches a great modern oldtime tune: Old Cumberland. It's just a little crooked and thoroughly addictive, plus not everyone plays it (yet). Earl White's version has been quite well...