The American Fiddle Method Volume 1, Viola: Beginning Tunes and Techniques

Overview

Written as a companion to the wildly popular fiddle book, this method opens up the world of fiddling to the beginning/intermediate violist. Finally fiddlers, violists and cellists can jam together! Unlike many books for violas and cellos which simply transpose the tunes, the authors went to considerable effort arranging the tunes to be both playable and true to the original melody and key. Variations to the tunes are included illustrating how they can serve as a basis for improvisation. Ensemble skills are taught...
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Overview

Written as a companion to the wildly popular fiddle book, this method opens up the world of fiddling to the beginning/intermediate violist. Finally fiddlers, violists and cellists can jam together! Unlike many books for violas and cellos which simply transpose the tunes, the authors went to considerable effort arranging the tunes to be both playable and true to the original melody and key. Variations to the tunes are included illustrating how they can serve as a basis for improvisation. Ensemble skills are taught with chords and lyrics, basic music theory, and demonstrations of such skills as backup and lead playing in this playfully- illustrated book. A high quality, multi-instrumental CD for listening and play-along captures the excitement of the music. Like its fiddle counterpart, this method is destined to be a classic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786674640
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     4
How to Become a Great Fiddler     6
The Parts of a Viola     7
Viola and Bow Position     8
Fingering Position     10
The High Third Finger     10A
The Anatomy of a Fiddle Tune     12
Potato Introductions     13
Endings     14
Tunes
Boil 'em Cabbage Down     15
Shortnin' Bread     16
Shortnin' Bread (Advanced)     16A
Cripple Creek     17
Cripple Creek (Advanced)     17
Camptown Races     18
Angelina Baker     19
Buffalo Gals     20
The Fourth Finger     21
Cindy     22
Crawdad Song     23
High 3 Quiz     24
The Low Second Finger     24A
Old Joe Clark     26
Soldier's Joy     27
Soldier's Joy (Advanced)     27A
Arran Boat Song     28
Down-Driven Bowing & Corrective Slurs     29
Bonaparte's Retreat     31
Country Waltz     31
Red Haired Boy     32
Girl I Left Behind Me     33
Southwind     34
Bow Reset & Staccato Slurs     35
Red Wing     36
Cairo     37
Turkey in the Straw     38
Fingering Review     39
Grandfather's Clock     40
Wise Old Friend     41
Stinky's Blues     42
Creating Your Own Variations     44
Drone and Double-Stop Variation     44
Slide Variations     50
Beginning Backup Viola Playing     53
Review Chart     58
For the Ensemble Teacher     59
A Guide to Bluegrass Style Arranging     61
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