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...

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...

How to hold your fiddle: Lesson with Craig Judelman

In this video Craig Judelman ventures into the seemingly muddy waters of how to hold the fiddle in oldtime and what to pay attention to in the left hand. Craig has...

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...

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...

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.

Leather Britches: oldtime rhythm guitar lesson

Oldtime backup guitar can play a variety of roles, depending a great deal on skill, setting, and personal preference. But first and foremost, it must lay down a strong rhythm, outline...

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...

Oldtime Rhythm Guitar: North Carolina Breakdown (lesson + TAB)

North Carolina Breakdown is thought to have been written by Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith, one of Tennessee's greatest fiddlers (1898-1971). While Arthur's heyday was primarily from the 1920s-1950, he returned to the...

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...