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...

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 given a lot...

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...

Liza Jane – banjo lesson with Hilarie Burhans

In this video, Hilarie Burhans of Athens, Ohio teaches the tune "Liza Jane" on clawhammer banjo. This is a fairly standard "festival" version of the tune, and one that she's been playing for more than...

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...

Kansas City Rag: Fiddle lesson with Craig Judelman

In this lesson Craig Judelman teaches the classic Midwest tune "Kansas City Rag". This tune was well known in the repertoires of Missouri fiddlers Pete McMahan, Jimmy Gilmore, Lyman Enloe, and Ray "Pick" Johnson....

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...

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...

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 the harmony, and...

Handsome Molly: Fiddle Lesson with Craig Judelman

Here at Oldtime Central we are very excited to have the accomplished and versatile Craig Judelman teaching some oldtime fiddle tunes. In this first lesson, Craig teaches the classic "Handsome Molly" showing a basic...