Listen, learn, play

Recently, I’ve been attending a local session on Wednesday nights. There is really nothing like a session to not only keep you on your toes but to introduce you to new tunes, and force you to practice old ones. A session is not just about playing the latest tune you learned, it’s also about listening … More Listen, learn, play

What the F?

Fiddlers love the keys of D and G but not so much the key of F. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because D and G are some of the first scales we learn early so we train our fingers and it sticks with us. Or maybe it’s because we just don’t like those damn … More What the F?

Keeping on task

Setting up a practice schedule is easy. Sticking to it is the hard part. Back in December I decided to embark on learning a tune a week for a year. I figured it would not only add 52 tunes to my repertoire but it would keep me on task with my practicing. And it has … More Keeping on task

Hello operator

In most traditional music, it is customary to learn tunes by ear and pass them along in the same way. Musicians add variations and ornaments to personalize their interpretation of the tune. I wonder though, where the line is and why sharing tunes doesn’t turn into a huge game of operator. Here’s what I mean: … More Hello operator