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Instruments > Fiddle > Fiddle with Darol Anger

with Darol Anger

Darol Anger shares his distinctive style of fiddle playing and musical knowledge in hundreds of fiddle lessons online. Students in the ArtistWorks Fiddle course have unlimited access to these fiddle lessons online as well as behind the scenes content, interviews, performance and study materials (like fiddle tabs for beginners).

 Bluegrass to jazz  Bowing & cross string tips

 Fiddle tunes  Lots of play along tracks

Darol Anger

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. Darol 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 Darol. 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 Darol Anger

For over 40 years, Darol Anger has played on and produced scores of important recordings, and is a noted composer. Darol helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his founding of pathbreaking ensembles such as: Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, and the Duo. A MacDowell and UCross Fellow, he is a featured soloist on several recordings and motion picture soundtracks. Darol is also committed to string education and helped found the String Resource Board for the International Jazz Educators Association. Since 2012, Darol has extended his love of music education by offering online fiddle lessons at ArtistWorks.

Fiddle Lessons

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
The Bow Hold -NEW!
Left Hand Position
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" (Beginner)
"Rubber Dolly"
“Little Liza Jane” - Key of A
Rosining the Bow
Up - Bows, Down - Bows, Upper Half and Lower Half
Bowing: Speed Vs. Pressure
Exercise 1: Smooth
Exercise 2: Dot, Dot, Dot
"Way Downtown"
Wrist On Counter Exercise
Fourth Finger Exercises
"Why D'ya Wander"
Grooving Single Bowstrokes
Beginning Shuffles
The Classic Shuffle
"Old Joe Clark"
Introduction to String Crossings
Crossing Strings
“Picket Fence Waltz”
String Crossing Exercises
Other Student Submitted Tunes
“Little Liza Jane” - Key of G
“Ragtime Annie” (Beginner)
The Fingerboard
A Scale is a Story
The G Scale
"The Crawdad Song" - Key of G
"You Are My Sunshine"
“Red Wing” - Key of G
“The Dead March” - Key of A
“This Little Light of Mine” (Beginner)
"Golden Slippers"
The D Scale
“Angeline the Baker” - Key of D
"Chinquapin Hunting"
The Major Scale in A
SlowSkand: A Scale and Bow Rhythm Study
“Cluck Old Hen” - Key of A
“Cluck Old Hen” - Key of D
Double Stops
The Natural Minor Scale
"Kitchen Girl"
The Mixolydian Mode
"Old Joe Clark" Mixolydian Mode
“Sugarfoot Rag”
The Dorian Mode
“Shady Grove” - Key of E minor
Major Arpeggio
Minor Arpeggios
"Sally Goodin"
"Ginseng From Mr. Blake"
"Fire on the Mountain"
Bowing: “Sally Anne”
Bowing: “Soldiers Joy”
More Thoughts on Bowing
“Cotton-Eye Joe”
The C Scale: “Wabash Cannonball”
The F Scale: "Faded Love"
“Rabbit in the Log” - Key of F
"Cripple Creek" (Beginner)
The E Scale: “I'll Fly Away”
“The 8th of January” (Beginner)
Introduction to Simple Tags -NEW!
Simple Tags
“Lazy John”
"Little Rabbit"
Practice Plan
Bow Circle Stomp
Bonaparte's Retreat - Version 1 -NEW!
“Sitting on Top of the World” -NEW!
Submit a Placement Video

Intermediate Fiddle

Introduction to Intermediate Fiddle
The Blues Scale
"Blues on Gravel"
Mastery Means that it Feels Easy!
Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Breaks - “Foggy Mountain Special”
The Georgia Shuffle
The 3-3-2 Shuffle
Cakewalk Shuffle -NEW!
Transcending Shuffles
Bow Circles
Bow Circle Blues
“This Little Light of Mine” (Intermediate)
A Great Left Hand Exercise
Developing Speed Means Playing Slow First!
The Blues Form
"Carrol County Blues"
Numbering the Notes
Pentatonic Scale
The Amazing Fiddle Scale
"Sally Johnson" in G
“Billy in the Lowground”
“Billy in the Lowground” - Exploring Variations
“The Greek Medley”
Rhythmic Bowing
"Brushy Fork of John's Creek"
"Salt Creek"
"Salt Creek #2" -NEW!
"The 3 Skooches" -NEW!
"Pity the Poor Pinky" -NEW!
Other Student Submitted Tunes
Major Arpeggios
Minor Arpeggios
Fiddle Arpeggios: 1-4-5 in A
Fiddle Arpeggios: “This n' That”
Fiddle Arpeggios: “Dixie Breakdown”
Fiddle Arpeggios: “Big Sandy River”
Fiddle Arpeggios: Crazy Arpeggio Etude
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
Double Stops: 5ths
Double Stops: 4ths
Double Stops: 6ths
Double Stops: Climbing in 6ths Exercise
Double Stops: More Working the 6ths
Double Stops: 3rds
Double Stops: Climbing in 3rds Exercise
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
Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Kickoffs - “Muleskinner Blues” Kickoff #1
Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Kickoffs - “Muleskinner Blues” Kickoff #2
Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Kickoffs - “Uncle Pen”
Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Kickoffs - “Can't You Hear Me Calling”
Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Kickoffs - “Footprints in the Snow”
Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Kickoffs - “My Cabin in Caroline”
Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Kickoffs - “Someone Took My Place with You”
Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Breaks - “Blue Night”
Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Breaks - “Gonna Settle Down”
Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Breaks - “On My Way Back to the Old Home”
Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Breaks - “Ginseng Sullivan”
Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Breaks - “When Joy Kills Sorrow”
Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Breaks - “Border Ride”
Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Breaks - “Flint Hill Special”
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"
"Tennessee Waltz"
Vowels and Consonants
The Infamous Chop
Chop Rhythms
Chop Pattern Variations - “Sugarfoot Rag”
“Sugarfoot Rag” Advanced Variations
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
Swingy Styles
"Cripple Creek" (Intermediate)
“Ragtime Annie” (Intermediate)
“The 8th of January” Variation (Intermediate)
Bonaparte's Retreat - Version 2 -NEW!
Bonaparte's Retreat - Version 3 -NEW!
Approach Licks -NEW!
Micro Variations -NEW!
“Riding Mower Cuts the Bluegrass” -NEW!
Practice Plan

Advanced Fiddle

Introduction to Advanced Fiddle
Practice Plan
All Purpose Fiddle Licks
“This Little Light of Mine” (Advanced)
“Man of Constant Sorrow”
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (Advanced)
“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
Other Student Submitted Tunes
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)
"Bury me Beneath the Willow" -NEW!
“Richmond” -NEW!

Jazz & Blues Fiddle

Introduction to Jazz & Blues Fiddle
Diatonic Arpeggios
The Five Chord Qualities
Scales You'll Use: Major Scale
Scales You'll Use: Minor 7 Scale
Scales You'll Use: Minor 7 Flats
Bow Circle Blues
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
Gypsy Jazz - “Minor Swing” -NEW!
Gypsy Jazz - “Swing 42” -NEW!
Gypsy Jazz - “Djangology” -NEW!
"The 3 Skooches" -NEW!
Other Student Submitted Tunes

30 Day Challenge

30 Day Challenge - 2017 (Archive)
30 Day Challenge - 2018 (Archive)

5-String Fiddle -NEW!

5-String Fiddle - Intro - NEW!
5-String Fiddle - C String -NEW!
5-String Fiddle - "Breaker's Bakedown" -NEW!
5-String Fiddle - "Soldiers Joy" -NEW!
5-String Fiddle - Gimble's 5th -NEW!
5-String Fiddle - "Farewell Trion" -NEW!


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