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Rachel - Fiddle (Standard tuning: key of D)

There are many advantages in thinking chords when we learn a piece of music: (1) significantly increase our speed in learning by seeing a series of notes as a chord rather than individual notes; (2) improve our ability to communicate the chord progression to guitar players and other musicians; (3) provide a foundation for improvisation, variations and playing chords. Rachel provides a great introduction to learning via seeing chords. The tune is quite straightforward. The tune is played both in old-time and Bluegrass circles. Through the lens of thinking chords, I present two versions of the tune. Techniques include 3-1 bowing, bow rocks and left-hand chords.  


Here's What You Get:

$15 (Sheet music PLUS video lessons you can watch over and over, and play-through videos to practice along with)

Videos Included

  • Slower

  • Faster
  • Chord Progression & Arpeggios
  • A part
  • B part
  • Simplified-slower
  • Simplified-medium
  • Simplified-faster
  • Simplified A part
  • Simplified B part


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The Sandbridge Old-time Fiddle Video Project

For the last few years, I have run a 3.5-day old-time fiddle retreat for intermediate level players in Sandbridge VA – The Sandbridge Old-Time Fiddle Retreat. We hold the workshop in a couple of beautiful oceanfront houses. We focus on a variety of bowing systems to create a solid groove, left-hand techniques (chording, slides, ornaments, 4th finger unisons etc), altered tunings, chord theory and more. For all the tunes, we prepare summary videos and provide written transcriptions with all bowings and notation of the left-hand techniques. I am pleased to now make many of these recordings available for everyone. The scope of material presented for each tune is comparable to several private lessons.

Topics covered in most of the videos include the following:

  • Basic melody broken down phrase by phrase
  • Bowings for all phrases
  • Bowing ideas include 3-1 bowing, Nashville shuffle, bow pulses, ghost bows, bow rocks
  • Rationale for bowing
  • Altered tunings include ADAE, ADAD, AEAE, AEAC#
  • Description of all chording
  • Left-hand techniques
  • Discussion of the chord progression
  • Variations
  • Written transcriptions with bowings and chords
  • Practice tracks along with a play-through of the full tune

See also Ken’s book Old-time Fiddle Style (Mel Bay, 2010) 

Thank you for your support - I hope you enjoy the tune! Please do not share your purchased music and videos.

© 2019 Ken Kolodner/All Rights Reserved. Recorded at Fenchurch Studios, Baltimore MD for the Spring 2019 Sandbridge Old-Time Fiddle Retreat (Sandfiddlers)

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Rachel - Fiddle (Standard tuning: key of D)

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