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     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! 

   Ludikerlogo.bmp (152574 bytes)     Nicely bound Books of basic fiddle tunes in notation & tab - CD and chords included! By JayDean Ludiker - Champion Fiddler and renowned Instructor!

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

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A Weekend Workshop with
(3) World Champion Fiddlers

April 11-13
With Matthew Hartz
and guest instructors:

James "Texas Shorty" Chancellor

Wes Westmoreland III



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INFO link

Located at Monarch, Montana

Session 1:  June 1-6, 2003          Session 2:  June 8-13, 2003

Read the 2003 Camp Brochure (PDF)




Mark O'Connor -    Mark O'Connor Strings Conference    Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp




Seventh Annual

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Music Festival

Labor Day Weekend
Aug. 29, 30, 31, 2003

Grove, OK





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Barrett Violins

best prices on ALL Strings !

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 Ledgendary Fiddler Dick Barrett


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Bows rehaired by Tony Ludiker

Decor International - Very Inexpensive violins with exceptional sound for the price.

Great for a starter outfit.

Tell them Denice From Colorado sent ya!  1-888-888-0068


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        Southwest Strings Online

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   Fiddle Recordings

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BarrettCD.JPG (27037 bytes) JUST RELEASED!  A MUST HAVE for all fiddler's. "At The Fiddler's Knee"  newspin.gif (8951 bytes)

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! newspin.gif (8951 bytes)

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 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 this CD
especially 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 !

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.


barrettbtn.JPG (5008 bytes)    View Weiser Highlights !

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.

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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