Fiddle Tune Season – Part 4 – Memorization and Playing by Ear


Creating an Authentic Aural Traditional Music Experience

Fiddle tunes are short, catchy and pretty easy to memorize.  When you put a fiddle tune in front of students, they just can’t wait to play it, and the violas, cellos, and basses can’t wait to get at playing a melody for a change.  They are also motivated to make it sound good, so it’s a great opportunity to introduce some new concepts and skills.

Fiddle playing is an aural tradition, and one could decide to be more authentic by teaching tunes completely without music.  However, this would be very challenging in a string classroom. So I’ve come up with a process that starts with music but that eventually recreates an authentic experience of playing by ear and sharing tunes by ear.

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