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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. 

At Peghead Nation Chad shares his fiddlin' secrets in the Beginning/Intermediate FiddleBluegrass Fiddle, and Theory for Mandolin and Fiddle courses.




September 05, 2017
Welcome to my new music theory class designed for players of stringed instruments tuned in fifths!
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September 21, 2014
Hi Fiddlers. Just want to welcome you all to the course.
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June 15, 2014
I found this Jonathan Cooper fiddle a few years ago at the Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival. I'll tell you more about it in this video.
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Apr 01, 2020
Taylor Guitars rolls out a promotion so you can add a Baby, Academy Series, or GS Mini for just $99 with the purchase of select Taylor Guitars.

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