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Super Geeky Fiddle Camp Jam Games

August 2, 2017

What you’ll need: At least one other crazy fiddler, preferably as many as you can gather. Your smart device Ellen’s “Heads Up” app (iOS | Android) Your instruments Ellen’s “Heads Up” has been around for a few years now, so chances are most people have seen a game or two. For a fun way to […]

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Can you sing it?

July 22, 2017

I’m a firm believer of the ‘if you can sing it, you can play it’ mentality when it comes to ear training. Correctly singing a phrase, or the entire tune, before you attempt to put your hands on the notes saves valuable practice time, which promotes efficient learning and good muscle memory. The next time […]

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Have Fiddle, Will Travel … to Camp

May 18, 2015

How to Choose a Fiddle Camp A huge part of fiddle tune culture is attending a camp, making like-listening friends and learning tunes together. There are so many camps to choose from, so with a little sleuthing you can find the ideal environment for your learning style.   Lauren and Natalie MacMaster Let’s start out […]

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The Gift of Music

December 3, 2014

It is truly winter here in Maine, and I’m writing you bundled up in my quilt with a cup of tea to stay cozy. One of the many things I love about the holidays is catching up and checking in with loved ones. Music has given me a huge network of friends and I’m so […]

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Three ways to keep practicing on a schedule

August 13, 2014

Practicing your fiddle regularly is a sure-fire way of building your skills. But how do you keep practicing on a schedule, especially when things get busy? Here are a few tips to make a regular practice schedule easy. 1. Keep your fiddle case open Obviously, find a safe place in your home for your fiddle […]

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How to get the most out of a really short practice

August 10, 2014

When you don’t have much time to practice, it’s important to use every moment efficiently. With a practice plan, you’ll start to hear your progress even when you can’t spend as much time with your fiddle as you’d like. Here’s one possible way to break down of 30 minutes of practice: 5 minutes: warm up […]

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Four ways to stay inspired

August 3, 2014

It’s the start of school year and a new season is here, so I’m thinking of ways to remind students of why they love this instrument. We need to harness that love and let it guide our daily practice. This can be difficult coming off of summer camps and informal schedules. Let me help! 1. […]

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