Don't Let Music Notation Stop You from Playing the Fiddle

"Got the 43 Fiddle Tunes in Tab package about five days ago.
I'm already playing three tunes from it! And I was a complete fiddle beginner,"
says, beginning fiddler, Geri Freitas.

Now you can sound like a real fiddler--
faster and easier with these unique fiddle tabs...guaranteed 100%

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Attention, fiddle students, violinists--

You may be a beginner or an intermediate fiddle student. But, I’ll bet you’ve already hit the the wall of frustration--the challenge of those blankety blank little black dots on the music staff.

I don't know how many telephone calls I've gotten from beginning fiddlers that are frustrated with fiddle teachers that insist they learn how to read music notation right away.

But, these discontented students have convinced me: reading music notes is a waste of time.

And, if you’re a little discouraged by the difference between what you want your playing to sound like, and what you hear coming out of your fiddle. Here's the answer, the fiddle student's dream come true:

The Fiddle Tabs Method that Really Works

Geri continues--
The book of fiddle tabs is crisp and clear, very easy to read. Also the video is excellent--Just what I needed to see and hear as a beginner fiddler-want-a-be. I gained much valuable knowledge seeing and hearing how to properly hold the fiddle, two ways to hold the bow, and how to shuffle the bow. Great stuff!
And, the fiddle tunes on the CD are absolutely fabulous!

Michael Avina says, Your video and cd have already advanced my understanding a great deal and your teaching style is comfortable and relaxed. Thanks for putting together such a great learning package!

Keep reading for detailed info about the unique fiddle tab method of learning to play fiddle.

Are You Frustrated with Books and Videos that Don't Teach You How to Play the Fiddle?

Have you gotten one of those books that are suppose to teach you how to play the fiddle? And the first part is about how to read music notation? You’re suppose to translate those stinkin’ little dots into sharp, flat or Scruggs. And you spend more time on that than actually playing the tune. What’s that about?

Why struggle with those bewildering little dots when you don’t have to? You want to play the fiddle? Then quickly discover all the tricks of playing the fiddle. You can learn to read music later. If you want to.

Mastering the fiddle to the point of being able to play a hoe down can be fun. Don’t frustrate yourself by trying to learn standard music notation.

In my fiddle lesson studio, five year old kids learn to read fiddle tab in a few minutes. It’s that easy and intuitive. (Click here to see Fiddle Tabs explained.

If they can, you can, too--even if you already have learned some music notation.

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The Problem with Ordinary Fiddle Instruction Videos

Typical fiddle instruction videos only show you how the instructor plays the tune. There is very little actual teaching. And I haven’t seen one yet that reveals the secrets of “getting that sound.”

They just give a demonstration. That’s all. It can drive you crazy.

If you’re serious about playing the fiddle, you deserve better instruction than that. Keep reading to find out exactly what kind of detailed coaching in secret fiddle techniques you can get from the Complete Fiddle Instruction System.

Find out the easy way to sound like a real fiddler.

Use the unique fiddle tabs format in this system, along with my personal tips on fiddle technique. You will get more hands-on how-to stuff in a few weeks than most beginning fiddlers see in a year.


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See what others have to say about this method.

I got my fiddle tab instruction package. I think I have learned more in two days than I have since I took up the fiddle. Great stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bruce W, Thunder Bay, Ontario

I received and listened to your "Learn How to Play Fiddle in One Lesson" video tonight. After struggling for a few days on my own, I feel that I made better progress after watching your video. Holding the bow and fiddle the way you suggested helps very much. I just ordered "43 Fiddle Tunes in Fiddle Tab", and I'm looking forward to learning some bluegrass fiddle tunes! Carolyn D -- Jericho, VT

How My Secret Helps You Learn to Play the Fiddle

Fiddling is fun. And discovering fiddle secrets is easy.

The Complete Fiddle Instruction System gives new and intermediate fiddlers the techniques, tips and secrets that make fiddling sound like fiddling. And make it fun and easy as possible, too.

Look over the description of the Complete Fiddle System below. See how it is designed to take you from having a new fiddle, never taken out of the case, to a having a familiar friend under the chin.

The process starts with the video, Learn How to Play Fiddle in One Lesson. This video fiddle lesson breaks down the action steps one by one, bow by bow. Nothing is assumed about what you know at the start.

You are shown:

How to tune your fiddle so that it sounds sweet. (You won't have fun playing an out-of-tune fiddle.)

How to hold your fiddle for both comfort and power. (You could limit your ability with the wrong grip.)

How to hold your bow to get started fast.

How you get comfortable using the bow in 2 minutes...(This 3 step drill works like magic.)

Where to place your fingers of the left hand to play in tune. (Don't use icky tape on the finger board.)

How to use your ears to evaluate the sound. (You learn to hear better, too.)

Particular sections of this video will enable you to:

Learn the 4 most important notes in fiddle music.

Master the A scale quickly and easily...(six of the top ten tunes use this scale.)

Pinpoint the one tricky move that holds back new fiddlers--and learn it instantly.

Use shuffle bow to get a danceable sound.

Play a real hoe down, Shortnin’ Bread, in barn dance style.

By the end of the video you are a fiddler. You can play a how down in authentic barn dance style. You saw every move clearly and slowly executed. Every action was explained in detail. You can’t get this kind of knowledge from a book.

You can easily read fiddle tab notation. The video explained and illustrated it completely. You saw how it shows you what finger to use and what string to put the finger on. Even if you don’t know the names of the strings, you can play the right notes.

Fiddle tab is so intuitive a child can learn it in a few minutes. It is no obstacle to enjoyment in playing the fiddle. Standard music notation can hold you back.

Once you have done the basics from the video, keep going with the book and CD,

Have the most popular tunes with 43 Fiddle Tunes in Tab.

This book and audio CD combination supplies you with the top tunes played in fiddle jams. You move easily from one tune to the next. They are arranged in progressive order of difficulty, from beginner to advanced.

You start right where the video leaves off. You continue by picking up one new fiddle technique after another, tune by tune.

As you go through 43 Fiddle Tunes in Tab, you discover:

The top 10 fiddle-banjo tunes, as selected by The Grassometer bluegrass newsletter.

Many of Fiddler Magazine’s top 20 tunes, as well. These tunes are played everywhere.

Favorite Irish session tunes. My students requested these.

Instructional tips that make the tunes easy and fast.

The CD plays the tunes for you at a slow speed for easy comprehension.

Jig bowing for Irish tunes.

Slides and fall-off’s.

These tunes allow you to build your technique as you gain the standard repertory of fiddlers. When you understand the concept behind the technique, you can apply it to other tunes--as many as you want.

Use the exact bowing technique that makes you sound like a real fiddler.

The focus of the first six tunes is to enable you to “groove your shuffle.” Musicians talk about the "groove" in the music they play.

They mean that danceable feel. This aspect of fiddling is the most essential for having a toe-tapping rhythm. This is how you get a lively response from audiences! And yet it is sadly neglected in most instruction.

Soon you are starting to use slides the right way. And using fall-off’s to get that “lonesome” sound.

You begin to branch out in bow technique by learning swing rhythm in “Harvest Home Hornpipe.” Next come the first group of Irish fiddle tunes--jig, reel and waltz.

You begin with the basic universal jig bowing. It works with Canadian, American and Scottish jigs, too. Then, you start picking up some of those mysterious Irish “ornaments.”

The book keeps you building your technique until you go into drones, double stops and even shifting into third position. And all of this technique is focused on serving your purpose as a fiddler. You can take these techniques and apply them to other tunes from any source.

The easiest-to-use fiddle tune book you ever put on your music stand.

Here's a big gripe: fiddle tune books that won't stay open on the stand. You have to use clothespins or some other kind of clip to get them to say put.

You won't have that problem with 43 Fiddle Tunes in Tab. Open it to any page and put it on the stand--it stays there.

The comb binding makes this possible. It's the only logical way to bind music books. But few publishers do it. Why? The added cost makes it prohibitive to the bottom line.

But it's my personal preference for books I buy. So, It's the only way I'll have the book printed.

There's no better offer anywhere on the web for fiddle instruction. Twenty-seven years of learning and teaching have gone into this. It's unique--beyond the cutting edge and priced at the cost of a private coaching session.

You could be really moving ahead and starting to have fun. Get the Complete Fiddle Instruction System. Join the world wide circle of fiddlers. You'll have more fun, sooner and easier if you do.

This package is the equivalent of more than a year of lessons. If you came to my studio for this it would cost more than $1000 and still be the best deal in private fiddle lessons you could find.

You are getting far more material than I could teach you personally in my studio in 3 months private lessons. And the rate for that is now over $100 a month. Do the math. Figure out the advantage of this great offer.

Right now you can still get all this for only $59.97. Excuse me, I meant:

$46.00 + 3.95 S & H--Priority Mail

And let me take all the risk with your fiddle experience. Get the Complete Fiddle Instruction System and take all the time you need to go through it. Even two years! If you don’t feel it was worth far more than your cost, just let me know and send it back. Your money will be refunded with zero hassle upon the return of the materials.

I know this works. That’s why it’s unconditionally guaranteed. Go ahead and give it a try. Take the full two years. If it doesn't work for you, no problem. Just send it back and get a refund. You have so much fiddle knowledge you could gain and nothing to lose by trying.

Don’t lose any more time trying to tough it out with music notation fiddle books. Months can slide by with no progress. I’ve seen it with fiddlers that try it the hard way.

As you can see below, there are two easy ways to order.
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I look forward to you joining me in the fast growing world wide circle of fiddlers.


PS. Take command of your learning sessions online. Special limited time bonus.

Extra bonus: you also get the set of Online Fiddle Lessons that support your fiddle exploration. In each lesson a principle is explained and explored thoroughly. There is no confusion or mystery. All the fiddle technique secrets are revealed.

These lessons expand the first several tunes in the book, 43 Fiddle Tunes in Tab. You learn several key fiddle techniques using these tunes.

You get the latest online technology of instant audio at the click of a mouse. No special software is needed.

The lesson has the same instruction my students get in the studio. And there are tab charts to illustrate the particular elements, too.

You gain deeper understanding of the tunes and a genuine “feel” for the sound.
As you progress through these basic lessons, the new technique that you learn for a new tune is applied to one you already covered. You keep building reliable ability on the fiddle that gives you an uncanny edge in fiddle jams.

Consider the fair pricing of the components of the program:
The video--$29.97, the book and CD--$39.97, and $9.95 each for 4 Fiddle Lessons Online. Separately, the whole package is valued at just under $110.

For right now you can still get all this--YES-- for only $49.95.

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Or, send a check or money order in that amount to:
Elan Chalford
33 Lakeshore Drive
Palm Harbor, Florida 34684

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