Daily Archives: March 8, 2017

Tin Whistle & Fiddle Stuff

I love the five-string banjo. I am still as enchanted with frailing as I was when I first heard it.

That said, the banjo is my job. I love my job, but I do not work 24/7. So I took up the fiddle and tin whistle to have something to play with.

Not work. Play.

It’s been fun teaching myself these instruments, but  I should mention that Pooka loathes both the whistle and the fiddle.

I have gotten a few requests for resources and tools I use for the fiddle and whistle. So here goes:

For tin whistle lessons I’m using A Jesuit’s Tin Whistle Lessons by Ryan G. Duns. It’s clear and simple. I like playing along.

The fiddle is a bit more complicated than the tin whistle, so I needed some additional gear in order to get going.

I had a lot of surgery on my left shoulder, so holding the violin was difficult. The Violin Valet holds the fiddle for me. It’s freaking awesome.

The Bow-Right is a simple gadget that straps to the fiddle and forces you to move the bow straight. That might sound silly, but it really helped me practice.

You can find the Bow-Right with a Google search.

I use an inexpensive carbon-fiber bow. I don’t know the brand. Dear Old Dad got it for me and I love it.

For instruction, Fiddlehed is better than any book on the market and it’s free. There is an HTML guide that you follow with YouTube videos for each technique and song.

Fiddlehed Beginner Course Outline

Anyway, these are the resources I am using. The Internet is a big place. There may be better material. For now I’m happy.

Don’t forget that we will have fiddle workshops at the Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat! Come and make music with us. If you are just starting, then come and learn how to make music with us!

Meet Jared!

Jared will be one of the instructors at the Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat!

About Jared:
Jared Denhard teaches and performs on banjo, ukulele, Celtic harp, mountain dulcimer, trombone and highland bagpipes. He is the founder and director of the Baltimore Ukulele Symphonette, and a member of the Celtic rock band “O’Malley’s March,” and is one of the music faculty at Stevenson University, Howard Community College and St. Timothy’s School of Baltimore Jared is also an active composer whose works have been performed and recorded by the United States Air Force Band, The Kinetics Dance Theatre, the London Portable Harp Company, and the Annapolis Brass Quintet. Jared is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland.

Meet Pete!

Pete will be one of the instructors at the Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat!

About Pete:
Pete is a longtime singer, guitar player and amateur songwriter. Pete started learning frailing banjo from Patrick through the videos on the Daily Frail and “The How and the Tao…” about three years ago, and since then new avenues of songwriting prolifically have opened up for him, for which he will always be grateful. Born and raised in NYC, he now lives in Atlantic City, New Jersey with his wife Kate, three sons, and a small menagerie of pets.