The American Fiddle Method - viola vol 1

AFM Vol 1 for Viola (Book/Audio)


Product Features

Written as a companion to the wildly popular fiddle book, this method opens up the world of fiddling to the beginning/intermediate violist. Finally fiddlers, violists and cellists can jam together! Unlike many books for violas and cellos which simply transpose the tunes, the authors went to considerable effort arranging the tunes to be both playable and true to the original melody and key. Variations to the tunes are included illustrating how they can serve as a basis for improvisation. Ensemble skills are taught with chords and lyrics, basic music theory, and demonstrations of such skills as backup and lead playing in this playfully- illustrated book. High quality, multi-instrumental, download-able audio for listening and play-along captures the excitement of the music. Like its fiddle counterpart, this method is destined to be a classic.

“Melody, harmony, chords, variations … all explained simply. No other method does this!” – Kristine Granias, Orchestra Director

Product Details
Book/Audiobook Features
  • 22 Authentic tunes in standard keys
  • Step by step progression
  • Jamming skills
  • Tune variations
  • Guitar chords and lyrics
  • Cool artwork
  • Potato Kick-offs and Endings
  • Down-Driven Bowing and Slurs
  • Bow Resets and Staccato Slurs
  • Drone and Double Stop Variations
  • Slide Variations
  • Beginning Backup Fiddle Playing
  • Teacher’s Guide to Jamming
  • Toe-tapping play along audio
Track Listing
  • Boil ‘em Cabbage Down
  • Shortnin’ Bread
  • Cripple Creek
  • Camptown Races
  • Angelina Baker
  • Buffalo Gals
  • Cindy
  • Crawdad Song
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Soldier’s Joy
  • Arran Boat Song
  • Bonaparte’s Retreat
  • Country Waltz
  • Red Haired Boy
  • Girl I Left Behind
  • Southwind
  • Red Wing
  • Cairo
  • Turkey in the Straw
  • Grandfathers Clock
  • Wise Old Friend
  • Stinky’s Blues