This section looks at a variety of topics. Here's a look at what's covered.
This section will over time contain a variety of topics related to learning and playing fiddle tunes.
In addition to presenting a bunch of tunes in the first part of the website, I have some ideas about learning and playing fiddle tunes that I'd like to present here.
Starting with learning, there are a number of ways in which our learning processes differ. Some people learn by ear, some learn almost exclusively from written music, and some people combine the two in various ways. Some people learn at jam sessions and dances, some people learn by listening to recordings. Some people listen primarily to their peers, and some people listen to the old timers and to recordings made by previous generations of musicians. Some people focus exclusively on the melody, some people focus more on the chord structure, and some people pay more attention to the rhythmic structure of a tune. I think it should be obvious these differences will affect what people learn, and how they play the tunes.
We'll also look at some variables primarily related to playing, although inevitably affected by how one learns. We'll start out with the issue of choosing chords for a tune. I present some general discussion of factors affecting the choice of chords, and then present a case history in the development of a set of chords, together with playable tunes so you can hear the effects of different chord choices.