Volume 1 Viola

Beginning Tunes and Techniques


–by Brian Wicklund and Faith Farr

Written as a companion to the wildly popular fiddle book, this method opens up the world of fiddling to the beginning/intermediate violist. Finally fiddlers, violists and cellists can jam together! Unlike many books for violas and cellos which simply transpose the tunes, the authors went to considerable effort arranging the tunes to be both playable and true to the original melody and key. Variations to the tunes are included illustrating how they can serve as a basis for improvisation. Ensemble skills are taught with chords and lyrics, basic music theory, and demonstrations of such skills as backup and lead playing in this playfully- illustrated book. A high quality, multi-instrumental CD for listening and play-along captures the excitement of the music. Like its fiddle counterpart, this method is destined to be a classic.

"Melody, harmony, chords, variations ... all explained simply. No other method does this!"–Kristine Granias, Orchestra Director


* 22 Authentic tunes in standard keys
* Step by step progression
* Jamming skills
* Tune variations
* Guitar chords and lyrics
* Cool artwork
* Potato Kick-offs and Endings
* Down-Driven Bowing and Slurs
* Bow Resets and Staccato Slurs
* Drone and Double Stop Variations
* Slide Variations
* Beginning Backup Fiddle Playing
* Teacher’s Guide to Jamming
* Toe-tapping play along CD hear sample

Learn these classic fiddle tunes for viola:

1. Boil ‘em Cabbage Down
2. Shortnin’ Bread
3. Cripple Creek
4. Camptown Races
5. Angelina Baker
6. Buffalo Gals
7. Cindy
8. Crawdad Song
9. Old Joe Clark
10. Soldier’s Joy
11. Arran Boat Song
12. Bonaparte’s Retreat
13. Country Waltz
14. Red Haired Boy
15. Girl I Left Behind
16. Southwind
17. Red Wing
18. Cairo
19. Turkey in the Straw
20. Grandfathers Clock
21. Wise Old Friend
22. Stinky’s Blues

Volume 1 Viola Book/CD $24.95 add to cart