Exploring Country and Bluegrass Fiddle

with Chris Haigh

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Intermediate 47 lessons (3h 22m) Sheet music included Backing tracks included Mobile, Tablet + Desktop

Chris Haigh is a professional violinist based in the UK. He's played with the likes of Alison Moyet, Bob Geldof and Morcheeba. He's also a world-renowned fiddle expert and educator.

This interactive video course is based on the book Exploring Country and Bluegrass Fiddle published by Schott Music and teaches the techniques of all the main branches of country and bluegrass fiddle. It will bring structure, clarity and purpose to your learning, and help you to fluidly play through a country song, differentiating between the intro, the backing, the fills on verse and chorus, the fiddle solo, and the outro, all in a style appropriate to the type of song.

Included with this course are:

  • 31 detailed lessons + performances
  • Integrated sheet music examples
  • PDF downloads for all pieces
  • MP3 backing tracks 

Styles covered include Old time, early string band music, western swing, bluegrass, honky tonk, Cajun and commercial country. You will learn how to play like specific players from the history of country, such as Vassar Clements, Bob Wills and Chubby Wise, so that you can absorb and master the techniques which they pioneered.

You will also learn fundamental techniques like drones, double stops, "the chop", fiddle capo and many more.

The course is practical and fun, spiced with anecdotes from the many colourful characters we meet along the trail, be they heroes or villains! There are loads of songs to learn and backing tracks for you to practice with and the videos come complete with figures and notation as well as downloadable PDFs.

Let's get started!!