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Playing Bluegrass Backup on Fiddle, Mandolin & Banjo

By Wayne Erbsen As you might guess, there are numerous differences between old-time and bluegrass music, although they share a lot of similarities too. In old-time music, the banjo, fiddle, and mandolin generally play the melody all at the same time. During an old-time tune, the guitar generally refrains from playing the melody and concentrates… Read More »

Old-Time Fiddle for the Complete Ignoramus! instruction book by Wayne Erbsen

Easy Fiddle Tunes

By Wayne Erbsen The Internet is abuzz with people wanting to learn to play the fiddle. My guess is that you are one of them! Of course, you want to learn the easiest songs possible. Who wouldn’t? The songs that are the easiest to play are the tunes you already know. They’re the ones you’ve… Read More »

Thicker'n Fiddlers in Hell

Thicker’n Fiddlers in Hell

By Wayne Erbsen Throughout its long and spicy history, the fiddle has been both loved and loathed. In early frontier days fiddlers were held in the highest esteem, even above doctors, lawyers, and politicians. It was a lone fiddler who held sway at community dances, which were the most popular form of entertainment in early… Read More »

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