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Fiddle Education and Practice Helper's


     backupbook.JPG (64579 bytes) Large collection of Back up Guitar Chords for fiddle tunes  - Listed in Alphabetical order for quick access!

- specify you found it  at   this site! 

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Nicely bound Books of basic fiddle tunes in notation & tab - CD and chords included! By JayDean Ludiker - Champion Fiddler and renowned Instructor!

- specify you found it  at   this site! 

   fiddlenetlogo.jpg (6231 bytes)  Fiddle Arrangements,CD's and instructional INFO! By Tony Ludiker - 5 time National Fiddle Champion.

  - specify you found it   at  this site! 

Excellent help for Fiddler's Who do not have benefit of a backup player at home. 

Many Hours of practice will be occupied using this CD.

Basic Chord progressions that fit with hundreds of tunes -

set at various tempo's for each.

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Jam session in a box!

The Rhythm PUSHES the fiddler to stay on top of the beat!

Try It! You WILL Like it!

$13 plus S/H



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Located at Monarch, Montana

June 6 - 11, 2004
June 6 - 11, 2004
June 6 - 11, 2004

Week 1 :  June 6 - 11th 

Week 2 : June 13 - 18th



FIDDLE - HORSE CAMP June 27 - July 1, 2004 

Join us at the ranch for a unique opportunity to tune up both your
fiddle and horsemanship skill. Enjoy four days of fiddle instruction by
three experienced instructors. Horsemanship skills will be taught by
the knowledgeable wranglers of the Western Pleasure Guest ranch The
week will conclude with horse drawn wagon rides, dinner and a concert.
Space is limited to thirty REGISTER EARLY

Fiddle Instructors are : Kimber Ludiker & Lynae Dufresne





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July 5th - 11th, 2004


3rd Annual
Shasta Fiddle Camp - Northern California 
July 11-16, 2004


July 27-Aug. 1




   Mark O'Connor Strings Conference   

Sun. Aug.1, 2004  - Sat. Aug. 7, 2004

 Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp - SOLD OUT

Sun. June 20, 2004  - Sat. June 26, 2004



Eighth Annual

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Music Festival

Labor Day Weekend
Sept. 3, 4, 5, 2004

Grove, OK



Johnny Gimble! - Times to be Announced

Work Shop! - Info TBA



OTHER LINKS -   Fiddle Camps, Schools and Workshops

Lots of info!


     Canadian Fiddle Camps



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Barrett Violins

Top Quality hand - made Violins at a price that parents can live with - 

available by appointment : Mention this page!

all other stringed instruments available also -

including     :     Vintage Gibsons, Bows,Cello's, Basses and MORE!

Bows  rehaired by Legendary Fiddler Dick Barrett


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Bows rehaired by Tony Ludiker

 Very Inexpensive violins with exceptional sound for the price.                             

I have done business with DECOR for many years....Great  starter outfit's!

Order your outfits "set up" By Decor


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   Fiddle Recordings

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Click the CD or underlined link to Order it from the Artist directly!


new!.gif (5342 bytes) Georgia Slim Rutland - This is a new find for me and quite interesting.... hard to know what came from were after hearing this, but I do think it is worth a listen. It is rumored that Howdy Forester wrote a reel for this man - Rutland's Reel... this can be heard on The Texas String Drive CD. Many speculations have been made about Mr. Rutland's connection to Texas style and I suppose one day I will know the real story....This CD is totally RAW... no backup at all.... very interesting.

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Daniel Carwile - U.S. Grand Master Fiddle Champion
Includes: Dusty Miller  Crafton’s Blues Say Old Man 40 Years Ago Waltz Billy In The Lowground     Beaumont Rag Kentucky Waltz Sally Goodin Texas Serenade And 15 additional tunes!

Daniel's latest recording capturing the essence of Texas-style contest fiddling. It contains eight rounds consisting of a hoedown, waltz, and tune of choice. This is a good example of how rounds are played in a timed contest.

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A new find for me... this stuff is waygood! I was blown away by it! Get it NOW!

This CD sounds like a Texas Jam if I ever heard one. How that got all the way to Missouri I don't know, but I do know you should hear it !

      Matt has won many fiddle contests including State Championships in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Alabama, and Mississippi. The top 3 in the Tennessee State Championship, 1st place in Branson Missouri and the top three in Mt. View Arkansas. In addition to contests, Matt plays for dances regularly.Matt learned directly from some of Missouri's best. "Picking the brains" of fiddlers like Pete McMahan, Gene Goforth, Taylor McBaine, Jr. Marriott, Charlie Waldon and many others. He heard a tape of Texas fiddler, Terry Morris, and it started his search for more fiddling like it. He traveled the country learning from other great fiddlers like JT Perkins, Kenny Baker, Orville Burns, and Louis Franklin to name a few.

LISTEN NOW                   Listen to a "Song A Month" Matt has great recording available to listen to on his website!

quebecd.jpg (76362 bytes)The Quebe Sisters are a fine example of the teaching of Joey & Sherry McKenzie                                                           .

Texas Swing In three part harmony! These Girls have really GOT IT!

boohercd.jpg (10106 bytes) Rudi Booher - Past National Champion... A long Time Personal Favorite of mine....you can't go wrong with this CD.    

Scroll way down the link page to find Rudi's CD's... Read about Rudi !

BarrettCD.JPG (27037 bytes) "At The Fiddler's Knee"   A MUST HAVE for all fiddler's.

This CD features Dick Barrett, one of the best traditional fiddle players in the country, his talented wife Lisa, and two of their gifted apprentices,John  Owens Lardinois,Jr. and Preston Schmidt. The deeply rooted music, presented here in 29 tracks, is intertwined with colorful interviews that illustrate how the fiddle tradition and this master fiddler's life have shaped one another. 

cdcoverTSD.JPG (26450 bytes)  "Texas String Drive" Awesome!  (my personal favorite pick!) ............you can' t help but enjoy this, REALLY!

Texas String Drive brings to you an eclectic mix of acoustic music from a broad range of influences such as Texas style and Irish fiddling, country and western, bluegrass, swing music, and even a few originals.  The music is very diverse ranging from slow waltzes to fast breakdowns.  


Jimmie Don Bates of Austin, wanted to create a band that incorporated contest style fiddling with emphasis on twin fiddles and banjo.  The band started through music at a fiddler’s jam session hosted by Artz’ Rib House. Jimmie Don met banjo player Rolf Sieker and began to jam, creating two-part harmonies for the fiddle and banjo. Roberta Rast, Bob Pool and James Wright  joined the group shortly after, adding twin fiddle and rhythm. Texas String Drive was named to represent acoustic music from Texas and the drive or groove that fiddlers try to achieve when jamming and competing in fiddle contests. 


Texas Old Time Fiddling traditionally has been passed down from one fiddler to another from one generation to the next. For many years, sheet music and recordings were hard to find. Lovers of the music attended contests, performances and jam sessions to learn from others, incorporating various styles and textures into their music. 


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tspic.jpg (4520 bytes)   Also taught by Benny, Shorty Chancellor's is known for the waltz his Father wrote, the wonderful "Chancellors Waltz"

If you knew Benny Thomasson’s music, you may recognize his teachings in this recording, as most of the breakdowns and rags recorded here were learned from Benny. I first met Benny in 1956, when I was 13 years old, and Benny had just become the two time World Champion Fiddler at Crockett, Texas. I got to know Benny, who, in my opinion, is the greatest fiddler I ever met. I had played the mandolin since I was six, but after I met Benny, I couldn't’t get enough of him or his music, and immediately started taking fiddle lessons from him. Benny went on to win his third World Championship at Crockett in 1957, and, thanks largely to Benny’s tutelage, I was fortunate in following him to be only the second ever to win that honor three times consecutively in 1959, 60 and 61.

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For help in fiddle study I recommend 3 CD's of Mark's - "The Championship Years" ,
"Soppin The Gravy" and "Hero's".


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Nothin' like getting it straight from the horses mouth! These recordings where made on the campground at Weiser. You won't find a finer example of true Texas Style anywhere.
Buy both recordings listed!


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Now here is the original source of Texas Style Fiddle. Eck has the distinction of recording the very first country recordings in history. These date back to 1923 and are the source of all Texas Style fiddle as we know it!


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This CD was nominated for a Grammy!
John O Lardinois Jr.  is wonderful fiddler and a fine example of the instruction of
Dick and Lisa Barrett. I strongly recommend his CD's. Click Cowboy Legacy CD above to ORDER.
This CD especially good for the intermediate to advanced player. 

mattDanitaAlbumsm2.JPG (4544 bytes) Matt & Danita Hartz - National Grand Champions! 

The Franklin Brother's who are noted for originating Texas Guitar Back up Join Matt and Danita for some laid back Texas fiddle and twin arrangements. Guitar players stick out your ear! Beginner fiddlers will find this CD easier then many to learn from due to the slower tempo's. Matt is a 2 time Grand National Champion and Danita is the first woman in history to become a Grand National Champ and she did it three times,1998 and 2000 & 2001!



 gimble.jpg (3648 bytes)Johnny Gimble - The Father of Texas Swing !Johnny Gimble - The Father of Texas Swing !

Noted for many decades for his talent in Texas Swing, Johnny Gimble is one of the greats!


 shanecook2.JPG (12177 bytes)Shane Cook - 1999 Grand Champion

A Canadian Fiddler who took Weiser by storm in '99, Shane has MASTERED Mark O'Connor's style. You'll find his Canadian tunes interesting also.


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For fun take a peek at online video's from Weiser!

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These CD's are a must for any fiddle recording library! Once you get to the site by clicking the  link

.......enter "fiddle" in the search box.

My Fiddle Lineage 
Denice Carter -  1997
 After being a Suzuki student in the North West for 10 years and later becoming a Suzuki teacher...... 
learned to play the fiddle after moving to Nebraska Initially from a dear friend by the name of "Grandpa Glen Kephart"
Over the course of about 5 years he showed me recordings I had never heard and talked with me about "good fiddlin".  We jammed and shared music frequently. I learned a lot from him and am grateful.
Later,  I moved to Colorado, promptly went to a contest and met Chris Daring and Lisa Barrett. I didn't do well in the contest as my "version" of flop eared mule did not fit the criteria for a breakdown in a  Colorado contest. Lisa & Chris took me aside to explain. Soon after I started exploring "Texas Style". Chris was my first and main teacher for many years after that. I was so intrigued and challenged by this style I was hooked, and practiced profusely for years to come. I soon was granted a master apprenticeship with Chris and went on to place highly in many local contests.
During this time I also met Dale Morris and had many a late night lessons. Dale and Chris were instrumental in passing Texas Style down to me, Chris shared her "Terry stuff"  and Dale gave me "the other stuff". I have also had a few lessons with Tony Ludiker,Tom Wiesgerber and any others I can get to sit down and teach me. Since then I have exposed myself to all the great players I can. 
It has been a wonderful journey of exploration which I intend to continue till the day I die.
The above list represents my favorites. The below list represents my  early fiddle lineage. The branches of my fiddle tree stretch far, Benny taught Terry who taught Chris. Benny Taught Mark, Bartow, Shorty, Jimmie Don ....and MANY others.....and the list goes on...... I am truly privileged to be a part of this lineage..... And the influences of people like Dick & Lisa Barret who are truly an asset in my learning and teaching growth.
Through teaching hundreds of kids and adults over the last 15 years in Colorado, Forming the Colorado Old Time Fiddler's Association and establishing the Colorado Rocky Mountain Fiddle Championships at the National Western Stock Show, I hope to continue this rich heritage.

  Recordings of Chris Daring

Hear how Chris developed what Terry had taught her into her own style. 

Dale and Terry Morris   


terrym2.jpg (14007 bytes) dale2.jpg (9945 bytes)Fiddlin' Straight from Texas... Sought after, rare recordings of the Morris Brothers.




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