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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA; Pap/DVD edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592577687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592577682
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ellery Klein holds an MA in Traditional Irish Music from the University of Limerick, and toured with Gaelic Storm, best known for their appearance in Titanic. Her recording credits with the band include Bring Yer Wellies (2006), which debuted on the Billboard charts at #2.

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This is such a great resource for beginner and advanced player.
tommys dad
This book helped me open up to the fun of it and let go of the struggle of trying.
Anna Frink
It is a really neat book full of easy to read and learn information.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Anna Frink on October 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've been playing or trying to play the fiddle for years. This book helped me open up to the fun of it and let go of the struggle of trying. Great tips, lots of info, nice tunes. The video is good, could have been more in depth on more subjects but still very useful and a great jumping off place now that so many of my questions have been answered. The author's own playing is very nice, with a free clear sound. I especially liked that she explained the different fiddle styles and gave examples of them. Also that she talked about (and gave examples of) double stopping, droning and alternative tunings. All things I was interested in but hadn't gotten clear information on. A plus for me was that the tunes are written in standard musical notation with finger numbers above. Her advice was to learn by ear and to use the notation and finger numbering as both a backup and as a means of learning or improving your reading skills. I can already feel that it's working well for me. The title of these 'complete idiot' books is a bit difficult for me. On the one hand the title annoys me, but on the other, books in this series usually give a very clear and broad overview of their subject matter, without going into too much depth. For me at this moment in my fiddle experience this was really helpful, though for someone starting from scratch this book might not give enough of the basics needed to begin.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Ferguson on July 20, 2010
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By saying I'm a beginner violin/fiddle player is an overestimate of my skills. I bought this book thinking it would be quite a while before I could use it; however, by just flipping through the pages I've picked up on some great tips and hints to help me begin playing. I can tell it's going to be a great resource as I learn to fiddle and improve my technique.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By tommys dad on March 3, 2011
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This is such a great resource for beginner and advanced player. Well written and the songs on the dvd cover most styles. I have several popular beginner books but this is the Bible for new players. Learn by ear or by notes with this book you can have both. Many popular tunes well demonstrated by the talented author. Nobody who new to the fiddle can possibly be disappointed with this purchase.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on August 30, 2011
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I purchased this book when I first started taking fiddle lessons so I'd have an extra source of practice materials. I set it aside and basically forgot about it for 18 months while I concentrated on learning the music I brought home after each "formal" lesson. The other day I came across it again, began reading, and have found it to be a most thorough and enjoyable resource! Not only has the author researched and provided many details regarding fiddles (like how to care for them) that I had forgotten, but I'm learning a lot of tips I'd not heard of as well. In a way I'm glad I waited until I had several months of fiddle lessons under my belt, but I can see where this book would also be invaluable to the person who is just about to pick up the fiddle for the first time. I have other beginner fiddle books at home that take you right into the music. To have six entire chapters on fiddle basics, care, etc., before you even pick up the instrument makes you feel less of a beginner by the time you get to the DVD and begin playing. I highly recommend this book; would give it 10 stars if I could.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By StudentBern on January 19, 2013
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If you're tired of playing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and "Amazing Grace" to wow your immediate family, buy this manual The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing the Fiddle and follow it - faithfully! You'll astound even your immediate, skeptical friends with your innovative renditions of the same, rote tunes so they'll think you have been a life-long student of the "showman" playing violin on the Public Broadcasting Network(PBS)fund raisers. I believe that if you will go step-by-step through this manual, your squeeking and squaking will smooth out, and you'll even impress yourself so even you will smile and enthusiastically go deeper in the study of your instument. Change a string or simply reattach one following the precise instructions; then feel like a world champion at something! Of course, I'm assuming you're as much of a novice as I. Even an intermediate may learn a thing or two. Just don't brag to your teacher or others, just smirk in the glow of your own self worth!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anna Lowell on August 13, 2013
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This book was very helpful for an adult starter. Where as many of the lesson books that I looked at started with basic songs and almost no explanation on how to hold the violin, what rosin is or how to use it, etc., this book gave background on the violin and fiddle music, as well as how to care for the violin, how to hold the bow, etc. I am playing some of the music now. My only complaint is that some of the songs advance rather quickly, while a more traditional method of teaching has a student doing more exercises and simple songs to help them really develop skills and not get overwhelmed with the actual playing. This approach also focuses less on note reading than I would like. However, the music is really fun, and you get the feeling that you are really "fiddling" much sooner because of the music selection. I purchased this book in addition to the ABC's of Violin for the Absolute Beginner Book 1 and DVD, and have found that by bouncing back and forth between these books and DVD, I am getting more complete instructions than any one would have given me.
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