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So You Want to be a Bluegrass Fiddler

So, you want to be a bluegrass fiddler. Some of the best advice I heard on this subject came from Butch Baldassari, mandolinist. He was speaking of the mandolin but the advice applies to the fiddle also. Butch said, “I really want to tell folks that before they can really get into bluegrass, they need to know lots and lots of fiddle tunes, maybe 100 fiddle tunes, and they need to be able to play them up to tempo without screwing up too much.” Hey, wait a minute. Aren’t fiddle tunes bluegrass? Is there a difference between fiddle tunes and bluegrass tunes? No, not all fiddle tunes come under the ...


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