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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

About Online Fiddle Course with Darol Anger

Step into the vibrant world of fiddle playing with the legendary Darol Anger. ArtistWorks proudly presents an extraordinary opportunity to learn from one of the most revered fiddle players and educators of our time. Whether you're a beginner captivated by the infectious rhythms of traditional music or an experienced player seeking to refine your technique, this comprehensive online course is designed to elevate your fiddle playing to new heights.

Welcome to a world-class online platform where you can explore the art of fiddle playing from the comfort of your own home. With Darol Anger as your mentor, you'll gain exclusive access to a meticulously crafted curriculum of video lessons, providing you with the techniques, musicality, and improvisational skills necessary to become a proficient and expressive fiddle player.

As a Grammy-nominated fiddler and founding member of the Turtle Island String Quartet, Darol Anger brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this online course. Now, you have the exclusive opportunity to learn directly from him as he shares his unique insights, innovative approaches, and profound understanding of the fiddle.

From mastering fiddle techniques, such as bowing, ornamentation, and double stops, to exploring various fiddle styles including bluegrass, Celtic, and jazz, Darol Anger will guide you through each step of your musical journey. With his clear and engaging instruction, you'll develop a solid foundation and gain the skills necessary to express yourself authentically in the world of fiddle music.

One of the standout features of this online fiddle course is the interactive learning experience facilitated by the ArtistWorks platform. As a student, you'll have the unique opportunity to submit practice videos to Darol Anger, who will provide personalized video feedback and guidance. This invaluable one-on-one instruction ensures that you receive individual attention, allowing you to refine your technique, improve your tone, and develop your own unique musical voice.

In addition to the personalized feedback, you'll become part of a vibrant online community of fellow fiddle enthusiasts. Connect, collaborate, and engage with like-minded musicians from around the world. Share your progress, exchange ideas, and receive support from both your peers and Darol Anger himself. This collaborative environment fosters a sense of camaraderie and provides an ongoing source of inspiration and encouragement throughout your musical journey.

With the convenience of learning on your own schedule and the flexibility to access the course materials anytime, anywhere, this online fiddle course caters to players of all levels. Whether you're a dedicated fiddle aficionado or an adventurous musician seeking to explore new musical horizons, Darol Anger's expertise and guidance will unlock your potential and enable you to express yourself authentically through the fiddle.

Don't miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to learn from one of the preeminent fiddle players of our time. Enroll in the online fiddle course with Darol Anger today, and embark on a transformative musical journey that will enhance your playing and ignite your passion for fiddle music. Get ready to bow, pluck, and dance your way to mastery and become the fiddler you've always aspired to be!

About Video Exchange® Learning

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.

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
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
String Crossing Exercises
"Picket Fence Waltz"
"Little Liza Jane" - Key of G
Other Student Submitted Tunes
"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
Simple Tags
"Lazy John"
"Little Rabbit"
Practice Plan
Bow Circle Stomp
"Bonaparte's Retreat" - Version 1
"Sitting on Top of the World"
"Little Maggie" - Key of G
"Little Maggie" - Key of B
"Wayfaring Stranger" - Key of G Minor
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
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 #1"
"Salt Creek #2"
"The 3 Skooches"
"Pity the Poor Pinky"
Major Arpeggios
Other Student Submitted Tunes
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
"Bonaparte's Retreat" - Version 3
Approach Licks
Micro Variations
“Riding Mower Cuts the Bluegrass”
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
The Diminished Chord
Other Student Submitted Tunes
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"
"Farewell Trion" - Key of C
"The Crooked Road to Buffalo" - Key of A

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”
Gypsy Jazz - “Swing 42”
Gypsy Jazz - “Djangology”
"The 3 Skooches"
"The Old Jumpin' Fish" - Using the Minor Major Scale - Key of Em
Other Student Submitted Tunes

30 Day Challenge

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

5-String Fiddle

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


Introduction to Waltzes
"Cry Cry Darlin'" - Key of E
"Midnight on the Water" - Key of D
"Ook Pik Waltz" - Key of G


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