Fiddle Contests are a Life-Long, Small Muscle, Participatory Sport! Parents of kids playing in fiddle contests: I urge you to learn to play rhythm guitar so you can play music with them on or off the stage. Fiddle contests are a life-long, small muscle, participatory sport. Unlike large-muscle organized sports run by adults who permit […]
The idea for this type of collection of chord charts began somewhere around 1990 when I became exposed to the wide variety of songs played by participants in the National Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest in Weiser, Idaho. At that time, as a budding rhythm guitar player, I found myself immensely confused by the equally wide […]
The term “Fiddlebot” was created by a group of Chris’ teenage fiddle students who understood and practiced creativity when playing music in jam sessions and during fiddle contests. Unfortunately, they often placed behind other contestants who they considered to be technicians instead of musicians. Meaning, a technician could only produce an overly practiced, memorized, and relatively short version of a small list of songs designed for use in fiddle contests, while musicians had a large song list and actively sought to vary the length and breadth of any song performed during a jam session, fiddle contest, or other performance.