Course Description

Let's play the fiddle! Designed for beginning and early intermediate players, this course will teach you absolutely everything in AltStrings Fiddle Method for Violin, Book 1.

This course is perfect for both fiddlers and violinists. It can be used with the AltStrings Fiddle Method for Violin books if you want to learn a whole lot about fiddle, with or without a teacher! As a supplement, the course is appropriate for violinists up to the level of Suzuki Book 2 or equivalent.

This course will take you all the way from "I've never played before" to "I can jam with my friends!"

The accompanying book can be found at:

http://altstrings.com/method-books/

Have fun!

Instructor Title

Caroline McCaskey

In demand as both a teacher and performer, Caroline spends her weekdays teaching Suzuki violin and orchestra in a Colorado public school, and private violin, viola and cello lessons at her home studio. Her weekends find her performing with Cheza String Quartet. She also runs City Strings, a program of the nonprofit Augustana Arts, which brings instruments and lessons to underprivileged youth in the Denver metro area.Caroline grew up playing the fiddle with the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, and has been involved teaching or assisting at Fiddlekids Day Camp for over a decade. She also teaches cello and musical saw at Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp.Please check out her other projects:SawPlayer.comChezaStringQuartet.comAugustanaArts.org

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • 1. How to Hold the Violin

    • 2. How to Hold the Bow

    • 3. How to Use Your Fingers

    • 4. Putting it All Together

    • 5. Troubleshooting Tone

  • 2

    #1: Boil the Cabbage

    • 1 Boil the Cabbage Hands Lesson

    • 1 Boil the Cabbage Tag

    • 1 Boil the Cabbage Slow Hands

    • 1 Boil the Cabbage Lesson

    • 1 Boil the Cabbage Fast Bow

  • 3

    #2: Mary Had a Little Lamb

    • 2 Mary Hand Lesson

    • 2 Mary Had a Little Lamb Bow Lesson

    • 2 Mary Slow Hands

    • 2 Mary Had a Little Lamb Fast Bow

  • 4

    #3: Buffalo Gals

    • 3 Buffalo Hand Lesson

    • 3 Buffalo Gals Bow Lesson A

    • 3 Buffalo Gals Bow Lesson B

    • 3 Buffalo Slow Hands

    • 3 Buffalo Gals Fast Bow

  • 5

    #4: Highland Laddie

    • 4 Highland Laddie Hand Lesson

    • 4 Highland Laddie Bow Lesson A

    • 4 Highland Laddie Bow Lesson B

    • 4 Highland Laddie Slow Hands

    • 4 Highland Laddies Fast Bow

  • 6

    #5: Camptown Races

    • 5 Camptown Races Hands Lesson

    • 5 Camptown Races Bow Lesson A

    • 5 Camptown Races Bow Lesson B

    • 5 Camptown Races Slow Hands

    • 5 Camptown Races Fast Bow

  • 8

    #7: Rubber Dolly

    • 7 Rubber Dolly Hands Lesson

    • 7 Rubber Dolly Bow Lesson

    • 7 Rubber Dolly Slow Hands

    • 7 Rubber Dolly Bow Fast

  • 9

    #8: Oh, Susannah

    • 8 Oh Susannah Hands Lesson

    • 8 Oh Susannah Bow Lesson A

    • 8 Oh Susannah Bow Lesson B

    • 8 Oh Susannah Slow Hands

    • 8 Oh Susannah Bow Fast

  • 10

    #9: Moneymusk

    • 9 Moneymusk Hands Lesson

    • 9 Moneymusk Bow Lesson

    • 9 Moneymusk Slow Hands

    • 9 Moneymusk Bow Fast

    • 9 Moneymusk Bow Extra Fast

  • 11

    Book 1, page 17: "Little BIG and" pattern

    • 9 Little BIG and Lesson

    • 9 Little BIG and Chords

  • 12

    #10: Old Joe Clark

    • 10 Old Joe Clark Hands Lesson

    • 10 Old Joe Clark Slow Hands

    • 10 Old Joe Clark Bow Fast

  • 13

    #11: Cluck Old Hen

    • 11 Cluck Old Hen Hands Lesson

    • 11 Cluck Old Hen Slow Hands

    • 11 Cluck Old Hen Bow Fast

  • 14

    #12: Skye Boat Song

    • 12 Skye Boat Song Hands Lesson

    • 12 Skye Boat Song Bow Lesson

    • 12 Skye Boat Song Slow Hands

    • 12 Skye Boat Song Bow Fast

  • 15

    #13: La Bastringue

    • 13 La Bastringue Hands Lesson Melody

    • 13 La Bastringue Slow Hands Melody

    • 13 La Bastringue Fast Bow

    • 13 La Bastringue Hands Lesson Harmony

    • 13 La Bastringue Slow Hands Harmony

  • 16

    #14: Soldier's Joy

    • 14 Soldier's Joy Slow Hands

    • 14 Soldier's Joy Hands Lesson

    • 14 Soldier's Joy Fast Bow

  • 17

    #15: Sweet Betsy from Pike

    • 15 Sweet Betsy Hands Lesson

    • 15 Sweet Betsy Bow Lesson

    • 15 Sweet Betsy Slow Hands

    • 15 Sweet Betsy Fast Bow

  • 18

    #16: Love Somebody

    • 16 Love Somebody Hands Lesson A

    • 16 Love Somebody Hands Lesson B

    • 16 Love Somebody Bow Lesson

    • 16 Love Somebody Slow Hands

    • 16 Love Somebody Fast Bow

  • 19

    #17: Red Haired Boy

    • 17 Red Haired Boy Hands Lesson A

    • 17 Red Haired Boy Hands Lesson B

    • 17 Red Haired Boy Bow Lesson

    • 17 Red Haired Boy Slow Hands

    • 17 Red Haired Boy Fast Bow

  • 21

    #18: Row Your Boat

    • 18 Row Your Boat Hands Lesson

    • 18 Row Your Boat Bow Lesson

    • 18 Row Your Boat Fast Bow

    • 18 Row Your Boat Slow Hands

  • 22

    #19: Pop Goes the Weasel

    • 19 Pop Hands Lesson

    • 19 Pop Goes Bow Lesson

    • 19 Pop Slow Hands

    • 19 Pop Goes Fast Bow

  • 23

    #20: Off She Goes

    • 20 Off She Goes Hands Lesson

    • 20 Off She Goes Bow Lesson

    • 20 Off She Goes Slow Hands

    • 20 Off She Goes Fast Bow

  • 24

    #21: Angelina Baker

    • 21 Angelina Hands Lesson A

    • 21 Angelina Hands Lesson B

    • 21 Angelina Baker Bow Lesson

    • 21 Angelina Slow Hands

    • 21 Angelina Baker Fast Bow

  • 25

    #22: Red Wing

    • 22 Red Wing Hands Lesson A

    • 22 Red Wing Bow Lesson

    • 22 Red Wing Slow Hands

    • 22 Red Wing Fast Bow

    • 22 Red Wings Hands Lesson B

Reviews

5 star rating

Great title

Linda Hemenway

This is a wonderful course. It lets me take the course when I have the time and it gives me small steps at a time. I love the way Caroline teaches. I am r...

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This is a wonderful course. It lets me take the course when I have the time and it gives me small steps at a time. I love the way Caroline teaches. I am really looking forward to taking more lessons. Thank you!

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5 star rating

Judi Paulson

Enjoying these lessons. Informative, easy to follow. The book would be helpful. Where can I get it?

Enjoying these lessons. Informative, easy to follow. The book would be helpful. Where can I get it?

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5 star rating

Well done and very helpful

Greg Frauenhoff

Excellent video lessons from a super knowledgeable teacher.

Excellent video lessons from a super knowledgeable teacher.

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