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"I want to let you know how much I am enjoying your 'Of Course You Can Learn to Play the Fiddle' book and CD. ...I can't believe what a difference it makes to be able to read music as I play. ...I am practicing from 4-6 hours every day and with your book and CD, it's fun."
- Mary Ellen Anthony, Murphy, North Carolina.

 

"My students and I are enjoying both of your books: 'Of Course You Can Learn To Play The Fiddle' and 'Of Course You Can Learn To Read Music For The Fiddle'. I have been searching for material to supplement individual lessons for some time. Most Books are full of errors, and can confuse and terrify a beginner! Your books cover all of the basics in a clear, humorous, and non-threatening manner. They make an excellent resource for beginning as well as experienced players! Congratulations on a job well done."
- Louise Van Gorder, Bristol, Connecticut.


 


 

 

Of Course You Can Play the Fiddle - a beginner's guide
OCYC01

Introducing the basics of fiddling through the in-depth study of twelve tunes (jigs, hornpipes, reels, and waltzes). Proper hand positions, finger charts for scales and arpeggios, reading exercises, and bowing techniques are included.
The CD,
with fiddle in the left channel and guitar in the right channel, contains tuning, scales and arpeggios, all tunes played at both half and full speed with guitar accompaniment.

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Learn to Play Fiddle 2

  

Of Course You Can Play the Fiddle - Book 2
OCYC06

This is the second book in the "Of Course You Can..." series for beginning to intermediate students of the fiddle. This book features an in-depth study of 20 fiddle tunes in 5 keys. Tunes include waltzes, jigs, reels, polkas, rags, a hornpipe and a strathspey. Each tune comes with its own page of exercises covering scale, arpeggio, bowing and rhythmic aspects of the tune. Also included are scale and arpeggio diagrams for all keys featured in the book as well as a discussion of accents in fiddle music.
The 70 minute CD, with fiddle in the left channel and guitar in the right channel, includes all exercises, all tunes played slowly, and all tunes played at speed.

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fiddle instruction book 3

 

Of Course You Can Play the Fiddle - Book 3
OCYC08

The third book in the "Of Course You Can..." series features an in-depth study of 20 fiddle tunes in 8 keys suitable for intermediate players. Tunes include waltzes, jigs, reels, two-steps, a hornpipe, a fox-trot, a Métis tune, some tunes from Scandanavia and three tunes with harmony parts. Each tune comes with its own page of exercises covering scale, arpeggio, bowing and rhythmic aspects of the tune. Included are scale and arpeggio diagrams for all keys used in the book as well as a discussion of bowing techniques.

The accompanying 70 minute CD, with fiddle in the left channel and guitar in the right channel, includes all exercises, all tunes played slowly, and all tunes played at speed.

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Of Course You Can Learn to Read Music for the Fiddle
OCYC02

For players of all levels. Covers all aspects of reading.
Includes detailed descriptions of basics, note naming, note values, time signatures, key signatures, intervals, scales and arpeggios in six major keys, and includes pages of skill-building exercises in all of the above. Also included are eighteen original practice compositions.

Excerpts of this book have been featured in Fiddler Magazine.

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Of Course You Can Play Fiddle Harmony - Volume 1
OCYC13 and OCYC13a

Twenty traditional, well-known and new fiddle tunes harmonized for 2, 3 and more players. Introduces small and large fiddle groups to the wonderful world of harmony.
Guitar or piano chords are included for all tunes and cello/bass parts for several tunes. The accompanying 64-track CD showcases each tune in its entirety as well as each fiddle part on its own track.

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Of Course You Can Play Fiddle Harmony - Volume 2
OCYC18 and OCYC18a

Twenty more traditional, well-known and new fiddle tunes harmonized for 2, 3 and more players.
Guitar or piano chords are included for all tunes and cello/bass parts for several tunes. The accompanying 65-track CD showcases each tune in its entirety as well as each fiddle part on its own track.

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Canadian Old-Time Fiddle Hits - Vol.1
OCYC04 , OCYC04a and OCYC04pdf

This anthology of classic old-time fiddle tunes is taken from cross-Canada jam-session lists compiled by fiddlers, accompanists, and fans. This collection contains seventy standards including regional favourites from Western Canada, the Ottawa Valley, Quebec and the Maritimes.
This book comes with or without CD.
The CD is also available in jewel case.

This book, with all bowings marked, is now available in both PDF file format and laminated paperback.

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 Canadian Old-Time Fiddle Hits - Vol.2
OCYC05 , OCYC05a and OCYC05pdf

A continuation of Volume 1 with a special section of fox-trots most requested by dance fiddlers. This book comes with or without CD.
The CD is also available in jewel case.

This book with all bowings marked is now available in PDF file format emailed to you upon purchase. The 'bowing marked' version of this book is only available in PDF format.

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Canadian Old-Time Fiddle Hits - Vol.3
OCYC10 , OCYC10a and OCYC10pdf

The next book in the coast to coast anthology of Canadian fiddle hits. This book contains 68 classic old-time traditional fiddle tunes as well as tunes written by some of our great composers. This book comes with or without CD.
The CD is also available in jewel case.

This book with all bowings marked is now available in PDF file format emailed to you upon purchase. The 'bowing marked' version of this book is only available in PDF format.

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Opening Lines - for the Old-Time Fiddle Hits series
OCYC12

Opening Lines is a convenient fiddlecase book
of interest to owners of the Canadian Old Time Fiddle Hits books. No more need to carry an extensive library to the jam session, dance or gig. Opening Lines is a spiral bound 5 1/2" x 8" fiddler's reference of opening phrases to all the tunes in Canadian Old Time Fiddle Hits volumes 1, 2 and 3.

Alphabetically arranged and subdivided by tune type
(waltz, jig, reel and other), Opening Lines provides a quick and easy tune reference.

A must have for the fiddler on the go.

 

contents - opening phrases to all tunes in Volumes 1, 2 and 3

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mandolin book

Mandolin Chordology
OCYC15

A Mandolin Chord Book that's not about memorizing hundreds of chords. This book uses three basic chord forms to understand how chords are built, transformed and hooked together to make any melody more exciting This book comes with an instructional CD.

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ocyc16

 

 

The Fiddler's Red Book of Scales & Arpeggios
OCYC16 and OCYC16a

As you play through the 150 exercises in this book you will develop a close friendship with scales and arpeggios of important fiddle keys. Identifying phrases, memorization, speed, improvisation, learning by ear, musical phrasing and understanding chords : conquering this list of the joys of fiddling takes practice, passion and direction but it begins with two main building blocks of melody -- Scales and Arpeggios.
This book comes with or without CD.

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OCYC19

 

 

The Fiddler's Green Book of Accompaniment
OCYC19

The aim of this book is to develop some musical strategies to help us keep playing even when we don’t know the tune. We need some basic music theory to understand how things fit together and then we need a wide variety of songs with several examples of how the theoretical fits with reality. How can we use a scale to fit over a melody? An arpeggio? Two note chords? What kinds of rhythm ideas can we use for different kinds of tunes? The answers to these questions and more can be found in “The Fiddler’s Green Book of Acocmpaniment : What to Play When You Don’t Know the Tune" .
The accomanying CD includes all exercises and tunes.

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waltzes OCYC20

 

 

 

Waltzes from Roma McMillan's 'Favourite Valley Waltzes'
OCYC20 and OCYC20a

In 1983 the Ottawa Folklore Centre published a book of waltzes transcribed by well-known and highly respected fiddler and teacher, Roma McMillan. "Valley Waltzes' represented a lifetime of collecting, teaching and anthologizing traditional dance music. Several tunes in Roma's collection have been previously published in the New Traditions books "Canadian Old-Time Fiddle Hits - Vols. 1, 2 and 3. Her collection has long been out of print and unavailable to new fiddle generations. This volume re-introduces some of these tunes while paying tribute to their original collector, Roma McMillan and their original publisher, the Ottawa Folklore Centre. This collection of 29 tunes has been edited, revised and in many cases harmonized for two and three fiddles. The accompanying CD has all 29 tunes with guitar and piano accompaniment.


This book comes with or without CD.

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Transcriptions from the CD 'New Traditions'
OCYC14

The complete transcriptions of tunes from the CD
New Traditions. Includes full transcriptions, chord charts and some harmony lines for 20 original fiddle tunes.

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Transcriptions from the CD 'Small World'
OCYC07

The complete transcriptions of tunes from the CD
Small World. Includes full transcriptions and chord charts
for 22 original fiddle tunes.

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seaforthwaltz - ocyc09

 

 

 Transcriptions from the CD 'Seaforth Waltz'
OCYC09

The complete transcriptions of tunes from the CD
Seaforth Waltz. Includes full transcriptions and chord charts for 26 original fiddle tunes.

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almost home - ocyc11

 

 Transcriptions from the CD 'Almost Home'
OCYC11

The complete transcriptions of tunes from the CD
Almost Home. Includes full transcriptions and chord charts
for 21 original fiddle tunes.

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ocyc17

 

 Transcriptions from the CD 'Borderline'
OCYC17

The complete transcriptions of tunes from the new CD Borderline. Includes full transcriptions and chord charts
for 21 original fiddle tunes.

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Twin Fiddles

 

 Transcriptions from the CD 'Twin Fiddles'
OCYC21

The complete transcriptions of tunes from the new CD Twin Fiddles. Includes full transcriptions and chord charts
for 15 original fiddle tunes.

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twin fiddles 2 book

 

Transcriptions from the CD 'Twin Fiddles 2'
OCYC22

The complete transcriptions of tunes from the new CD Twin Fiddles 2. Includes full transcriptions and chord charts
for 15 original fiddle tunes.

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Skip guitar book

 

A new book by guitarist Skip Holmes for guitar players wishing to specialize in guitar accompaniment for the fiddle.
Now available in PDF format!

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