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March 2016

Jesse Maw, Old-time fiddle
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March 2016 Features Jesse Maw

It’s almost spring time and what better then to have the extraordinary fiddler, Jesse Maw give us some practice tips. Read the interview I did with Jesse. It’s really something how much one can accomplish is such a short period of time. Jesse has won many fiddle contests, he’s a composer and at his young age has already done quite a bit. No doubt Jesse will go on to greater accomplishments as the years roll on.


You know this is March and you know what holiday we’ll be celebrating. I’ll give you a hint: we’ll be drinking a wee bit o’ green beer and trying to kiss the ole’ blarney stone. (BTW, if you can tell me about the legend of the blarney stone leave a note in the comments).
I’m sure the Irish fiddler, Tom Morley could tell us. I know he’s going to tell us we’ve got another great Irish tune in store for us this month. Tom will be teaching, St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning . A great tune, from a master fiddler and teacher.


If you’ve ever wondered how you can play chords on your fiddle, then check out Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry’s video tutorial on chords for the fiddle. Geoff talks about the music mechanics instead of music theory.

Old Time Tiki Parlour fiddler, David Bragger concludes his great interview with me from the now legendary Old Time Tiki Parlour.  It’s truly a great interview. David is very insightful and has many tips on how he teaches and other useful items.

I review Spring Fed Records latest release of  the late John Hartford and Howdy Forrester’s album, Home Made Sugar and a Puncheon Floor. When I first heard this CD, I knew it was going to be a classic. It was recorded on a Sony Walkman in 1986 by John Hartford. Of course it was remastered, but still has a raw sound.

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Mike Spears
I'm the author, editor and publisher of iFiddle Magazine and the owner of the site, I'm a fiddler, a teacher and general all around good guy wanting to help out the vast fiddling community.