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Instruments > Fiddle > Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddle with Brittany Haas

Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddle
with Brittany Haas

Fiddle virtuoso Brittany Haas teaches her approach to old time and bluegrass styles in a series of online fiddle lessons crafted for players of all levels. Learn Brittany’s methods in multiple fiddle traditions, improv techniques, classic tunes, and more. Students have access to hundreds of video lessons and learning materials, plus the option to submit videos to Brittany for feedback.

Old Time, Bluegrass, & Celtic StylesPlay-Along Tracks

Beginner to AdvancedNotation + Written Materials

Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddle with Brittany Haas

What You'll Learn


What ultimately sets these fiddle lessons apart from other offerings is the ability to submit a video for review using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange Learning® platform. Brittany reviews each submission and records a video response, offering specific guidance to take your fiddle playing to the next level. All students can access the Video Exchange library and watch each other’s interactions with Brittany. This library is constantly expanding and may contain the key to unlock your playing.

Top Quality Fiddle Lessons

  • 100s of fiddle lessons at your own pace
  • All levels and styles of playing welcome
  • Slow Motion & Looping on videos

About Brittany Haas


Brittany Haas is widely considered to be one of the most influential fiddlers of her generation. Her unique style and approach to the instrument have garnered her international acclaim and established her as a pioneer of traditional old time and bluegrass music. Known most for her fresh take on a wide variety of classic fiddling traditions, Brittany draws influence from not only old time and bluegrass styles but an array of Celtic and Scandinavian genres as well. She began her career as a professional musician at age fourteen, touring nationally as a member of Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, and released her debut, self-titled record at seventeen. Since then, Brittany has shared the stage with countless musical greats including Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Waybacks, Chris Thile, and fellow ArtistWorks masters Tony Trischka and Darol Anger. In addition to collaborating on a wide variety of projects with some of the biggest names in bluegrass, Brittany also leads her own quartet alongside bassist Paul Kowert of Punch Brothers, guitarist Jordan Tice, and mandolinist Dominick Leslie called Hawktail. Brittany’s technical abilities combined with her deep knowledge of a vast array of fiddling traditions truly elevate her as a fiddler and musician. Like many bluegrass greats, Brittany calls Nashville, TN her home, and has been teaching at ArtistWorks since December 2022.


Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddle Lessons


BEGINNER

  • Meet Your Teacher, Introduction to the Course
  • How to Tune a Fiddle
  • How to Hold the Fiddle and Bow
  • The Left Hand
  • The Right Hand
  • Tone, Pressure & Bow Speed
  • Intro to Scales - The D Major Scale
  • The Pentatonic Scale
  • Hand Stretches and Warm Ups
  • "Angeline the Baker" - Key of D
  • Intro to Arpeggios
  • "Soldier's Joy" - Key of D
  • "Liza Jane" - Key of D
  • The G Major Scale
  • "Seneca Square Dance" - Key of G
  • "Pear Tree" - Key of G
  • "Elk River Blues" - Key of G
  • "Sail Away Ladies" - Key of G
  • The A Major Scale
  • "Ger the Rigger" - Key of A
  • "Ida Red" - Key of A
  • "Buffalo Girls" - Key of A
  • The A Mixolydian Scale
  • "Old Joe Clark" - Key of A
  • Scottish Jig: "Atholl Highlanders" - Key of A
  • The Minor Pentatonic Scale
  • "Owl Ellang Hookum" - Key of A
  • Minor Scales
  • "Devil in the Strawstack" - Key of Am
  • Key Concepts: Tone
  • Key Concepts: Dynamics
  • Key Concepts: Improvising

INTERMEDIATE

  • Introduction to Double Stops
  • Double Stops on the Low Strings: Chord Voicings
  • Bowing Patterns & Rhythms for Backup
  • "Liberty" - Key of D
  • "Over the Waterfall" - Key of D
  • "Whiskey Before Breakfast" - Key of D
  • Bowed Triplets: "Hudarums"
  • Cross Tuning: ADAE "High Bass"
  • Octaves
  • "Duck River" - Key of D (High Bass Tuning)
  • "Apple Blossom" - Key of D (High Bass Tuning)
  • "Jenny Dang the Weaver" - Key of D
  • "Chattanooga" - Key of G
  • "Big Sciota" - Key of G
  • "Shove the Pig's Foot" - Key of G
  • "Billly Malley's Barndance" - Key of G
  • "Sugar in the Coffee" - Key of G
  • "The Girl I Left Behind Me" - Key of G
  • "Wheel Hoss" - Key of G
  • Bowing Patterns for Melodies
  • "Indian Ate the Woodchuck" - Key of D
  • "Billy in the Lowground" - Key of C
  • "Ragtime Annie" - Key of D
  • "Hangman's Reel" - Key of A
  • "June Apple"(Bluegrass) - Key of A
  • "Altamont" - Key of C
  • Overview on Playing Positions and Shifting
  • "Pike's Peak" in 3rd Position - Key of C
  • "Kitchen Girl" - Key of A
  • "Road to Columbus" - Key of A
  • Cross Tuning: AEAE "Cross A"
  • "Brushy Run" - AEAE Tuning - Key of A
  • "Chinquapin Hunting" - AEAE Tuning - Key of A
  • "June Apple"- AEAE Tuning - Key of A
  • "Half Past Four"- AEAE Tuning - Key of A
  • "Taylor's Quickstep" - Key of F
  • "Geese Honking" - Key of Bb
  • Bowing Patterns for Backup

ADVANCED

  • Key Concepts: The Role of a Fiddle Player
  • Left Hand Ornaments - The Twiddle
  • Left Hand Ornaments - The Roll
  • Left Hand Ornaments - The Flick
  • Left Hand Ornaments - Hammer-Ons
  • Left Hand Ornaments - Pull-Offs
  • Left Hand Ornaments - Vibrato
  • Scottish Jig: "Mr. Morrison of Bognie" - Key of A
  • Irish Jig: "Banish Misfortune" - Key of D
  • Introduction to Polska Rhythm
  • Hawktail Tune: "Unless" - Low Octave
  • Hawktail Tune: "Tobogganist"
  • "Poplar Bluff" in 3rd Position - Key of D - Analysis
  • Hawktail Tune: "Unless" - High Octave
  • Hawktail Tune: "Annbjorg" - 3rd Position - Key of B
  • Sliding & Moving Between Double Stops
  • "Ashland Breakdown" - 2nd Postion - Key of C
  • "Tennessee Mountain Foxchase" - 2nd Position - Key of C
  • Hawktail Tune: "El Camino Pt.2" - Key of G
  • "Bostony" - Key of G
  • "Shortenin' Bread" - Key of G
  • "Tree King Creek" - Key of G
  • Scandanavian Tune: "Brannvinspolskan" - Key of A
  • Scandanavian Tune: "Waltz in H" - Key of Bm

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