Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Trills On The VIolin

Trills are embellishments using two adjacent notes alternating quickly.
Practice trills keeping your fingers as close to the strings as possible. A good way to practice trills is with scales playing a trill on each note. Begin slowly and work up the speed with time. Playing trills will help increase finger dexterity and speed. Most trills are marked above a note in music and played one half or hole step above the note. In baroque style the trill usually begins on the upper note unless the previous note is the auxiliary note. More tutorials on

Violin Vibrato Mechanics

This video will teach you the mechanics of a good vibrato regardless of whether it is an arm, wrist, or finger vibrato. See how the fingers are pulled back smoothly when using the correct movements and angles. Many more tutorials can be found on

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Learn to play the blues on the violin

Jamming is one of the most fun things to do on the fiddle. The blues is one of the most fun and easiest genres to jam to. I'll show you how to play the blues even with the most basic technique and knowledge of the violin.
These step by step videos and interactive audio files will give you the tools and knowledge necessary to start jamming real soon and enjoying yourself immensely right from the beginning. Download or play the interactive blues accompaniments by MGN right off my page and begin working on Fiddlermans blues exercises. 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Get involved in Fiddlerman's Christmas Project 2011
Members will learn and record specific parts with a provided click track and Fiddlerman will mix it the results for a cool YouTube video :-)
Anyone can participate.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Finger Flexibility for Smooth Bow Changes

Finger Flexibility for Smooth Bow Changes

Learn how to train your fingers to be flexible for the best and smoothest bow changes possible. Your fingers need to be comfortably together rather than spread for lessened tension. The tip of your pinky should be on top of the stick. Practice while applying more pressure than usual to develop the timing and correct feeling. Exaggerate the movement when working on this technique so that the movement will come by itself after much practice. Your right elbow should lead the motion. Practice this exercise with a pencil or other appropriate object while doing other things for maximum practice time. This and many more tutorials available at

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Swan Lake - Finale - for violin

Learn to play the Finale of the "Swan Lake" ballet, op. 20, by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, composed 1875–1876. The scenario, initially in four acts, was fashioned from Russian folk tales and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. This sheet-music includes bowing suggestions and dynamics and is a much simpler version than the orginal. Download, save, print and play this and much more free violin sheet music at

CVN-200 Salut d'Amour - Fiddlerman

Fiddlerman will be giving away this fine instrument in the first weeks of October.
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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Congratulations to Bindy, otherwise known as Pikachu on Fiddlerman's Fiddle Forum for winning the Cecilio Black Metallic Silent Electric Violin

On August 6th we had our drawing and chose from 20 eligible members and 8 that were voted on by our regulars.  I received this email from Bindy(Pikachu) shortly after the drawing:
Hi Pierre!
Thank you for the opportunity and your wonderful site. The community you’re building is fantastic. I learn something new on every visit. I’m super excited to have won the violin! I usually have such bad luck with these things.
I’ve been playing violin since this March and picked it up because I needed a creative outlet. I’m really bad, so I’ll be using the junk out of my headphones so I can practice without waking people up. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but couldn’t due to financial constraints and studies. Now that I’m out of school I can finally pursue it! I’m going to try and learn Spring on it first, simply because I got hooked after seeing someone play it with an electric violin on a J-drama. Then I can rock out with BURNING PASSION!
Bindy S. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Learn to play Sul "Ponticello"

Sul Ponticello is the term used to describe the effect that comes from playing a stringed instrument such as a violin, viola, cello or bass extremely close to the bridge without too much pressure and fast enough so that the string doesn't vibrate too much.
Ponticello is frequently used to make music sound spooky and metallic. Ponticello is yet another effect that one can use on the stringed instrument to add a very different and interesting color to the sound. Learn how to play ponticello and hear how it sounds with this tutorial. More free tutorials available at