Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Back in May, Jenna at Cold Antler Farm wrote about how she self-taught herself how to play Old Time Mountain music on a fiddle. She also mentioned she could teach her readers how to play the fiddle and encouraged us to sign up for her challenge. By the end of July, she said, one could play Old Joe Clark fairly well.

I started to self-teach myself fiddle last fall and after, a lot of trial and error, I finally learned how to screech out a few sounds. I have very little prior music experience. Life became busy and I put my fiddle back in her case and thought about getting a banjo.

Jenna brought back my passion for the fiddle (or at least gave me hope I can learn the thing!)

I am still waiting on the instruction book we are using for our lessons (Amazon has become really slow lately!), however, I have been tuning and getting re-acquainted with my fiddle. I also bought one for Shawnee as he has expressed interest in the violin/fiddle. I hope we can learn together.

So, for week one, I am playing screeching at least 15 minutes a day, but I am still waiting on the textbook.


fullfreezer said...

Oh, too bad we don't live closer. My daughter could give you some pointers. She has been playing since she was 6. She is classically trained (suzuki) but likes fiddle and bluegrass music so has been learning how to do that. It's the same instrument but NOT the same technique. Good luck. It should be fun!
I'll send her this way.

Gina said...

Thanks, Judy! I want my son (now 6) to learn classical violin and the fiddle as well! Hopefully I can find him a good local instructor sometime this summer.

tansy said...


i am hoping to take a few mandolin lessons this summer so i can pick out some tunes.

Justine said...

Hey, I'm Judy's daughter, Justine. I have been doing fiddle music for about six months now. It can be really hard sometimes, and the number one thing to do is to double check your notes. I get that all the time from my teacher. If it's supposed to be an A, check it with your A string. Make sure your wrist is loose, because you want to be able to throw in bowings. And don't be afraid to change bowings, unless you're first learning. Learn first, fool around later.

Hope this helps?!

Gina said...

Thanks, Justine!! Your suggestions are extremely helpful. I look forward to learning more from you as I go along, LOL!

Gina said...

Tansy: See if you can learn Old Joe Clark and we'll play it together someday soon! :)