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Learn basic fiddle techniques by learning popular traditional tunes, with lots of technique tips and advice on how to get that fiddley sound.
Chad Manning is a Bay Area bluegrass, old-time, and swing fiddler who currently plays with the David Grisman Sextet, the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, and Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands.
Over the years he has toured with many bluegrass greats such as J.D. Crowe, Curly Seckler, Alan Munde, and Tony Trischka, to name a few. Chad also finds great joy in teaching and working with all levels of adult fiddle students. He and his wife, Catherine, teach more than a hundred students at their studio in Berkeley, California.
Beginning/Intermediate Fiddle Course Overview
Chad shows you a great way to improvise or play solos on bluesy bluegrass songs in the key of B. Starting with the B minor pentatonic scale, which has the same notes as the D major pentatonic scale, he shows you how by changing the D to D# you get a great blues scale in the key of B major. Then he demonstrates how you can use this scale to play in B modal, using Ricky Skaggs’ recording of the bluegrass song “Walls of Time.” With Notation
Chad addresses some questions Peghead Nation students have had about bow direction and string crossings.
Let Chad know what you think of the course and interact with fellow Peghead Nation fiddle students.
Peghead Nation is creating a library of accompaniment videos (and downloadable MP3s) for songs and tunes that are taught on the site, classics that you'll find at many jams and picking parties. As a subscriber, you have access to this library and can use the tracks to practice playing tunes and songs at a slow or medium tempo with guitar accompaniment. New songs will be added regularly.
SCALES AND CHORDS
Scales and Chords
Clinch Mountain Backstep
Star of the County Down