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...

Cuttin’ at the Point: Fiddle lesson with Craig Judelman

Here Craig Judelman teaches "Cuttin' at the Point" based on a recording of Charlie Wilson and His Hayloft Boys (1932). The tune sounds simple, but has a great groove to it. Craig's fiddle is tuned...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...