Fiddle Resources, A-L

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Acoustic Connections (Microphones and pickups for acoustic stringed instruments)

Allardyce, Barnett, Publishers (Publications on Stuff Smith, Eddie South and many others)

The ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass (Online music schools: School of Banjo with Tony Trischka, School of Mandolin with Mike Marshall, School of Fiddle with Darol Anger, School of Guitar with Bryan Sutton and School of Bass with Missy Raines.)

Atlantic Violin Supplies (Bows, cases, pickups, strings, violins. Parts, novelties, violin making wood & tools; Moncton, New Brunswick)

Back Porch Fiddler (Trenda Gordon, north Florida fiddle instructor; “Back Porch Fiddler” fiddle tutorials; info on Florida Music Camp; “All Things Fiddle” online magazine.) (Folk, Country & Western, Rockabilly and Ceilidh bands for hire across the UK)

Bandstore (Hard-to-find recordings by unsigned artists & independent labels; mostly Celtic so far)

Berklee Press (Music boooks, CDs, DVDs, videos, and instructional products from the Berklee College of Music in Boston)

Phil Berthoud (Author of traditional fiddle/mandolin and guitar books, published by Mel Bay and Spartan Press Music Publishers. His latest book is called “Around the World in 80 Tunes.”)

Bluegrass World (Non-profit organization for the promotion of bluegrass, old-time country and gospel music)

Cajun & Zydeco Radio Guide (A listing of all the Cajun & Zydeco radio programs in the US; information about Cajun culture.)

Carwile String Studio (Daniel & Amy Carwile, Lexington, Kentucky)

Coda Composites Company (Makers of the graphite-fiber CodaBow)

Coleman Irish Music Site

Ceolas (Great source for anything Irish)

Free notation and guitar chords to over 450 famous fiddle tunes, with many in multiple versions:

The Celtic Link (Search for Celtic bands, festivals & events and connect with friends around the world)

Childsplay online fiddle lessons. The first installment features Bonnie Bewick, also a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra:

Susan Conger – Along the River (Book of reels, jigs, waltzes, and other dance tunes composed in the last 25 years by musicians from the Connecticut River Valley of Western Mass. southern Vermont)

Cranford Publications (Cape Breton, Scottish & Irish recordings & tune books; also links & tunes.)

Cross Canada Fiddle book/CD sets (by Trish Clair-Peck and Geoff Horrocks. Tunes, scales, exercises, 3 CDs per book with tunes played fast & slow and solo piano accompaniment; volume 1 for intermediate/advanced; volume 2 for beginners/intermediate)

D’Addario Strings

Chris Daring (Instructor and performer, Colorado — online lessons available; 1996 National Adult Fiddle Champion; site also includes articles on Texas-style fiddle, contests, and more) (French site for music on the internet; search engine, links, announcements, tickets, MP3, etc.)

Donegal Bay (Donegal, Ireland site)

Double Stop Music Shop (Byron Berline’s fiddle shop in Guthrie, Oklahoma)

Electric Violin Shop (North Carolina) (Links to makers of electric bowed stringed instruments and pickups worldwide; news about the world of electric violins, violas, cellos and basses.)

Ethnic Instruments (Need a sitar?) (An instructional website for guitar and banjo; links (Instructional fiddle books, including “Of Course You Can Learn to Play the Fiddle” and “Of Course You Can Learn to Read Music for the Fiddle,” tune books, and recordings by Gordon Stobbe)

Fiddlecase Books (Randy Miller’s Irish, Scottish, and New England tune books)

FiddleChicks (Promoting women electric violinists)

Fiddle Fork (An on-line fiddle community)

Fiddle Forum (A fiddle discussion group) (5-time National Fiddle Champion Tony Ludiker’s website — fiddle instruction books and tapes; Ludiker Fiddle Camp; Northwest fiddle contest info)

FiddlePal (Home of Brian Wicklund and best-selling fiddle method books The American Fiddle Method) (Helpful info, tips, and resources for fiddle students and their parents)

FiddleQuest (A cloud-based curriculum for violinists and fiddlers. Free for music teachers; monthly fee for students.) (Instructional fiddle videos by Gemma De Ragon) (Online video fiddle lessons taught by Casey Willis, Kevin Burke, and Hanneke Cassel — old-time/contest, Scottish & Irish. All levels. Many free lessons.) (Learn to play the violin for free) (Three DVDs of The Violin Shop in Nashville’s concert series featuring world-class fiddlers)

The Fiddler Woman (Legends, lore and helpful tips for the fiddle)

The Fiddler’s Companion (Enormous database of tunes in abc format, along with history; written/compiled by Fiddler Magazine’s Tune History columnist Andrew Kuntz)

Fiddlers Crossing (Celtic music books, recordings and videos)

5-String Productions (Old-time fiddle lessons by Matt Brown on CD)

Folk and Roots Music (Folk and acoustic music site, includes interviews, links, reviews…)

FolkClub Online (Folk music and related subjects; FolkChat Room)

Howdy Forrester book – Fiddler of the Opry: The Howdy Forrester Story, by Gayel Pitchford.

Free bluegrass sheet music and tablature for guitar, mandolin, banjo, Dobro, bass and fiddle, as well as instructional materials

FreeHand Music (Music publisher/software manufacturer)

English version of the Polish folk music magazine “Gadki z Chatki”

GIGA Folkmusik (Swedish recording company; artists include the great Björn Ståbi) (Fiddle sheet music, MIDI & MP3 files, resources, tune-of-the-month, jams…)

GoTour (Website for independent performing artists; database of U.S. and Canadian venues and cultural resources and information about local arts communities.)

Greenblatt & Seay Publications (Music books, recordings, performance, workshops, contests, instruction at the Old Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska…)

The Green Anthem (A modularized eco-friendly teaching curriculum created by Julie Lyonn Lieberman. Seven lesson plans with student handouts and mp3 files FREE to all music educators!)

The Guitar Sherpa (A comprehensive stringed instrument online reference directory)

Harmonia’s Big B (Great t-shirts featuring fiddles, banjos, old-time music themes…) (Traditional fiddle tunes in MIDI format and an adjustable tempo MIDI player (1 free, 1 for purchase), designed to help beginning to intermediate students learn fiddle and mandolin; also helps banjo, guitar, and dulcimer players) (German international folk music site)

Highland Music Trust (Traditional Scottish fiddle music books, including the Athole Coll.)

Homespun (Instructional videos and tapes for all styles of fiddlers)

The Indie Contact Bible (Lists places where independent artists can get their music reviewed or played on the radio.) (MP3 and RealAudio files of great fiddlers, news, articles…) (Information about Irish traditional songs and performers)

Irish Music Magazine (News, views and more on the Irish folk and trad scene)

Irish (CDs, festivals, summer schools, more)

Ivy Creek Records (The home of authentic Blue Ridge Mountain music, featuring Appalachian banjo & fiddle music, storytelling, ballads & bluegrass, and the songs and sounds of steam railroading)

Jazz Fiddle Wizard (Step-by-step jazz improvising book by Martin Norgaard, published by Mel Bay Pubs)

David Kaemmer (Fiddle tune of the Month CD)

Kangaroo Covers (Custom-made amplifier covers)

Jane Keefer (Old Time Stringband Workshop: four books with coordinated arrangements for Fiddle, Clawhammer Banjo, Flatpick Guitar, and Mandolin: Also check out her Folk Music Index to Recordings and Books at

Sean Kenan (Fiddle lessons in Maldon, Victoria, Australia. Sean Kenan teaches Irish fiddling to all levels. Also publishes the monthly “Fiddle News,” with interviews, tunes, listings of Melbourne-area events)

Kiérah’s Collection (Book of 66 original tunes by B.C. Celtic fiddler Kiérah Raymond. 40 of the tunes have been recorded on Kiérah’s CDs Irish Madness, A Fiddle Affair, and Stonemason’s Daughter. Kiérah is featured in the Winter 2014/15 issue of Fiddler Magazine.)

It is a beautiful book of 66 original tunes for all levels of playing and it includes the guitar/piano chords. It has sturdy front and back covers, is printed on premium paper and is coil bound in order to lay flat for easy reading. My book is called “Kiérah’s Collection” and can be found on my website – I have recorded 40 of the tunes contained in the book which are found on my 3 CDs – “Irish Madness”, “A Fiddle Affair” and “Stonemason’s Daughter”.

Kimden Publishing/RainBows violin bows (Fiddle instruction books & tapes)

Lake Missoula Old Time (A nonprofit that brings together Western Montana communities through the love and joy of old time music. LMOT hosts many friendly gatherings celebrating traditional music and dance.)

The Long Journey, a new web-site about roots and country music, produced by the Bluegrass & Country Music Association of Italy

Learn Celtic Fiddle (Gillian Boucher’s online teaching site for beginners to advanced players)

Lost Trails (Education multi-media web site with free examples of folk music recorded in Greece and Romania; Kurdish, Bulgarian & Turkish coming soon.)

Luther Strings (Sales and repairs of violins and other string instruments; accessories; lessons; concerts; studio space. Denver, CO)