Enjoy these free fiddle lessons that rapidly cover the melody and fundamental bowing elements of some classic old-time tunes. In actual one-on-one private lessons, David goes into much greater depth and detail regarding bowing rhythms, melodic variations, history, style, mechanics, etc.. Enjoy!! Feel free to support David if you enjoyed the lessons!
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David Bragger teaches Tommy Jarrell’s “Devil in the Strawstack” for the 49th Annual Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers’ Festival (Online Edition).
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In this “Cut-to-the-Chase” mini-lesson sponsored by the CA Bluegrass Association, David Bragger teaches the tune “Old Kentucky Whiskey” from Noah Beavers and Art Stamper. The tune is played at several speeds and broken down phrase-by-phrase with bowing demonstrated and called out.
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Here’s a full length lesson for the old-time fiddle tune, Cripple Creek. This is the free lesson David produced for his featured interview in iFiddle Magazine.
David Bragger goes into depth as he teaches the melody, the bowing and variations for this wonderful cross-tuned classic. Enjoy!
In celebration of the New Year and The Old-Time Tiki Parlour’s first release, Rafe & Clelia Stefanini, I’m offering up a free online fiddle lesson of their version of “Hog-Eyed Man.” It is featured on their new DVD. They based their playing off of Bruce Greene and Hiram Stamper’s treatment of the tune. In the lesson, I’ve broken it down phrase-by-phrase and included the bowing strokes and patterns!
Here’s a tune by the great Kentucky fiddler Estill Bingham (1899-1990):
Here’s “Kiss Me Quick, My Papa’s A Comin” in GDGD tuning. Many of you know this from Bruce Greene’s masterful CD “Five Miles of Ellum Wood.” If you don’t own it, get it! I taught this at the 9th Ever Los Angeles Old Time Social this last May. This lesson is played at speed and then broken down and instructed.
In this video, I teach Haley’s Rebel Raid with an uptempo version, followed by a slower and broken down version. All bowing of this rendition will be explained with relative detail. Enjoy
Davey Come on Back And Act Like You Ought To
GDAE, A modal
source: Delbert Hughes– TN, KY and WV
Boatin’ Up Sandy
tuning: GDAE, A modal
source: Owen “Snake” Chapman, Ky