fiddle lessons with darol anger

Founding Member David Grisman Quintet, Associate Professor Berklee School of Music
Bluegrass Fundamentals through Advanced techniques & tunes

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Darol Anger has created a comprehensive video library that includes hundreds of fiddle lessons, exclusive performances, and interviews. Students have unlimited access to all these online fiddle lessons plus tabs, backing tracks, and other study materials.

What ultimately sets these online lessons apart from other offerings however, is the ability to submit a video for personalized feedback using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange® learning platform. Darol Anger reviews each submission and records a video response, offering tips about how to improve. All students can access Darol’s Video Exchange library, which is expanding all the time and may contain the key to unlock your playing.

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  • 100s of fiddle lessons at your own pace
  • All levels and styles of playing welcome 
  • Slow Motion Isolation and Video Looping
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Darol Anger Fiddle Lessons

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  • Beginner Fiddle
  • Intermediate Fiddle
  • Advanced Fiddle
  • Jazz & Blues Fiddle

Beginner Fiddle

  • Introduction to Basic Fiddle
  • Tuning the Fiddle
  • The Names of Notes and Where They Are
  • Principles and Gear
  • Practicing for Pitch
  • Standing Stance
  • Sitting Stance
  • Right Hand Bow Hold
  • Left Hand Position
  • "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
  • "Rubber Dolly"
  • Rosining the Bow
  • Up - Bows, Down - Bows, Upper Half and Lower Half
  • Bowing: Speed Vs. Pressure
  • Exercise 1: Smooth
  • "Way Downtown"
  • Exercise 2: Dot, Dot, Dot
  • "Why D'ya Wander"
  • Beginning Shuffles
  • "Old Joe Clark"
  • Crossing Strings
  • String Crossing Exercises -NEW!
  • "Liberty"
  • The Fingerboard
  • A Scale is a Story -NEW!
  • The G Scale
  • "You Are My Sunshine"
  • The D Scale
  • "Chinquapin Hunting"
  • The Major Scale in A
  • Double Stops
  • "Little Rabbit"
  • The Natural Minor Scale
  • "Kitchen Girl"
  • The Mixolydian Mode
  • "Old Joe Clark" Mixolydian Mode
  • The Dorian Mode
  • Major Arpeggio
  • Minor Arpeggios
  • "Golden Slippers"
  • "Sally Goodin"
  • "Ginseng From Mr. Blake"
  • "Fire on the Mountain"
  • Bowing: “Sally Anne”
  • Bowing: “Soldiers Joy”
  • More Thoughts on Bowing
  • Simple Tags
  • The C Scale: “Wabash Cannonball”
  • The F Scale: "Faded Love"
  • "Cripple Creek"
  • The E Scale: “I'll Fly Away”
  • “Cotton-Eye Joe”
  • “Ragtime Annie” (Beginner)
  • “The 8th of January” (Beginner) -NEW!

Intermediate Fiddle

  • Introduction to Intermediate Fiddle
  • Mastery Means that it Feels Easy!
  • A Great Left Hand Exercise
  • Developing Speed Means Playing Slow First!
  • The Blues Form
  • The Blues Scale
  • "Blues on Gravel"
  • "Carrol County Blues"
  • Numbering the Notes
  • Intervals
  • Pentatonic Scale
  • "Sally Johnson" in G
  • “Billy in the Lowground”
  • “Billy in the Lowground” - Exploring Variations
  • Minors
  • “The Greek Medley”
  • Rhythmic Bowing
  • "Brushy Fork of John's Creek"
  • "Salt Creek"
  • Major Arpeggios
  • Minor Arpeggios
  • First, Second, Third, Half and Fourth
  • One Tune to All Keys: "Blues On Gravel" in E
  • Closed Keys: Using that Pinky!
  • Only Four Keys
  • "Dark Hollow"
  • Practicing Shifting Positions
  • Trouble Keys: F# Db Bb
  • Transposing Tunes Around Keys
  • Getting to and from Third Position
  • Sequence Tunes
  • "Bill Cheatham"
  • "Blackberry Blossom"
  • "Big Sciota"
  • Sequence Tunes: Summary
  • Vibrato
  • Double Stops: 5ths
  • Double Stops: 4ths
  • Double Stops: 6ths
  • Double Stops: 3rds
  • Double Stops: Unisons, 2nds, and 7ths
  • Double Stops: "Dark Hollow" and "Whistlin' Rufus"
  • "Florida Blues"
  • "Farewell Blues"
  • Modal and Older Movement: "Reuben's Train"
  • Numbering Chords
  • 7ths Chords
  • "Salty Dog Blues"
  • Solo: Phrases and Form
  • Solo: "Why D'ya Wander"
  • Solo: Bluegrass Kickoffs
  • "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms"
  • Bluesy Bluegrass Phrasing
  • Solo: Constructing Melodies
  • Solo: Double Stops
  • Solo: Rhyming Phrases
  • Solo: Mandolin Chop Position
  • Loud and Soft Playing
  • Playing Back Up
  • Backing Up the Singer
  • Backing Up a Singer "New River Train" with Scott Law
  • Two Tactics, One Song: "Way Downtown"
  • Fourth Finger Workout: "Sally Goodin"
  • Fourth Finger Workout: "Back Up and Push"
  • The Mystery Note: "Salty Dog Blues"
  • Phrasing
  • Shuffles
  • "Tennessee Waltz"
  • Vowels and Consonants
  • The Infamous Chop
  • Crossing the Bar Line
  • “Evening Prayer Blues” Key of E
  • “Fisher's Hornpipe” - Key of E
  • “Fisher's Hornpipe” - Key of F
  • In Love With Another Woman
  • Muleskinner Licks in Chop Position
  • Pentatonics
  • Swingy Styles
  • "Cripple Creek" (Intermediate)
  • “Ragtime Annie” (Intermediate)
  • “The 8th of January” Variation (Intermediate) - NEW!
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes

Advanced Fiddle

  • Introduction to Advanced Fiddle
  • All Purpose Fiddle Licks -NEW!
  • Fiddle-Core
  • “Man of Constant Sorrow”
  • “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
  • “Ride the Wild Turkey”
  • “Grey Eagle”
  • “Midnight on the Water”
  • “Golden Eagle Hornpipe”
  • “Whiskey Before Breakfast”
  • “Scotch and Swing”
  • “Hangman's Reel”
  • “Banks of the Ohio”
  • “California Blues”
  • “Sally Johnson”
  • Tonal Gravity
  • Tricks and Ideas - “Dark Hollow”
  • “Beaumont Rag”
  • Banjo Tunes to Fiddle
  • Basics of Improvising - The Worked Out Solo
  • Basics of Improvising - Phrasing
  • Basics of Improvising - Five Paths
  • Basics of Improvising - Building a Solo
  • Basics of Improvising - Long Soloing
  • Diatonic Arpeggios
  • Forcing Chord Changes
  • Playing in B
  • Sequences
  • The Diminished Chord
  • Toggling on 1-4
  • Turnaround Kickoffs
  • “Nine Pound Hammer” - 5 Minor Sub for 1-7
  • “Cherokee Shuffle”
  • “Jeremy Reel”
  • “John Hardy” Substitutions
  • “Ragtime Annie” (Advanced) -NEW!

Jazz & Blues Fiddle

  • Introduction to Jazz & Blues Fiddle
  • Tags
  • Diatonic Arpeggios
  • Modes
  • The Five Chord Qualities
  • Scales You'll Use: Major Scale
  • Scales You'll Use: Minor 7 Scale
  • Scales You'll Use: Minor 7 Flats
  • Scales You'll Use: Diminished Arpeggio & Scale
  • Scales You'll Use: Minor Major Scale
  • Scales You'll Use: Bebop Scale
  • The Blues Matrix
  • Three Blueses for Matrix
  • “Blues in the Garage”
  • “Bebop Blues”
  • “A Blues With Malice”
  • “Alabama Jubilee”
  • “Fly Me Toonward”
  • “House Atomic Pants”
  • Classic 2-5 Licks
  • Darol's Rhythm Changes
  • Spelling Chords with 2 Notes
  • Minor Blues (in C Minor)
  • Minor Swing Chords and D.A. Solo

Reviews for Darol Anger's Fiddle Lessons

  • "Darol is a fabulous teacher and is a master at about any venue, old grass or new grass. Lessons are about building your own style and learning improv THROUGH great skills that a great teacher such as Darol will help you with."Diane
  • "The format is very impressive and Darol's videos are incredibly detailed and entertaining. It is much better than pulling various lessons from YouTube."SkyAntoine
  • "Learning and growing in this community with your coaching is a huge joy in my life. It's given me ways to grow and understand music and musicianship in ways that make me feel more connected to The Music and the people I play with-- which is more than I'd hoped for. Whether it's realizing the patterns of the fingerboard or thinking about how to play a solo that tells a good story, I feel like I've gotten more than I could have hoped for in only several months time."Bryant
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About Darol

Darol Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his founding of numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, the Duo, and numerous other ensembles. Today Darol can be heard on NPR's "Car Talk" theme every week along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice. Since 1977 he has recorded and produced scores of important recordings, and has received numerous composers' residencies and grants. A MacDowell and UCross Fellow, he is a featured soloist on dozens of recordings and motion picture soundtracks. Anger is also committed to string education and helped found the String Resource Board for the International Jazz Educators Association. He is a contributing editor for Strings Magazine and has given string clinics all over the world at camps, festivals and universities.

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