Inspiration Links


Old-Time Fiddling Tips by Bruce Molsky  – Bruce gives detailed tips on bowing for Old-Time tunes.

Bruce Molsky, Ale Möller playing The Scolding Wife/Pickin’ the Devil’s Eye at a house concert on Good Hope Island in 2012.

Chris Carney’s YouTube Channel where he teaches tunes and provides technique instruction. – a source for hours and hours of recordings of old-time fiddle tunes, conveniently sorted by key and also by tuning.

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project playing an incredible version of Goodbye, Old Paint.

The Canote Brothers at the Ukulele Extravaganza with some exceptional silliness around six minutes in, followed by the lovely fiddle tune Greg wrote – Obama’s March to the White House.

Grey Cat on the Tennessee Farm played by the Canote Brothers in 2011.

Recordings of Missouri Fiddler Pearl Sivetts from Mike Drayton.


Jeremy Irons learns fiddle from Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Martin Hayes

 Beautifully recorded solo fiddle by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill performing a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music.

Jimmy Keane’s YouTube Channel where he posts videos of performances with Bohola as well as Dennis Cahill and others.

Brid Harper beautifully playing two slip-jigs.

Riggy Rackin providing inspiration on the English Concertina.

A discussion of regional styles from Irish Television.

Other Fiddle

Nancy Kerr & James Fagan playing their version of Dance to Your Daddy at the Bath Folk Festival in 2013 proving that it is possible to sing one tune while playing another on the fiddle at the same time.

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Hass playing Farley Bridge, Grand Etang, Hull`s Reel at a festival in Germany

Andrew Brunet demonstrating a Quebecois reel.

Natalie MacMaster and her kids at the 2013 Dublin Irish Festival

Non-Fiddle Goodness

The late, great Chris Caswell in concert.

Keith Richman playing Mississippi Blues & Make Me Down a Pallet in a home video.

Chris Wood and Andy Cutting – History Man / Roseville Fair in 1993

Katy The Brave, written and played by Ian Lowthian.


Music Theory

Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People

Physics Explanation of Interference and Beats

This is what music notes actually look like

Five-limit Tuning

A different way to visualize rhythm – John Varney

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