Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction and General Overview 10
Part I: The Art of Phrasing

  • The Art of Phrasing 12
  • The American Fiddle Styles: The Bellows as a Bow 13
  • Independent Two Voice Movement 14
  • 6 G’s 6 A’s: The Genius of the Concertina 14
  • Wheatstone vs. Jeffries Fingering System 15
  • How to Use this Book 16
  • The Process of Learning 17
  • Explanation of Notation 19
  • Major Scales 21
  • Sources of the Repertoire 25
  • List of Studies 26

Part II: Thirty Studies

  • Study 1A: Preparation of the Hand ~ Shoes and Stockings 28
  • Study 1B: Reverse Fingering ~ Shoes and Stockings 34
  • Conclusion of First Lesson: 38
  • Basic Studies Continued: 39
  • Study 2: Understanding the Three A’s ~ Shooting Creek 39
  • Study 3: Combination of the Keys of G and D,
  • Introduction to C sharp ~ Flop-Eared Mule 42
  • Study 4: Moving Freely Across the Rows in the G Scale ~ Santa Ana’s Retreat 44
  • Study 5: Moving Freely Across the Rows
  • in the G Scale (Reverse Fingering) ~ Santa Ana’s Retreat 46
  • Study 6: Pairing Principle and Smooth Phrases  ~ Jump Jim Crow 48
  • Study 7: Using Alternating Sides for Rhythmic Dynamic ~ Old Molly Hare 50
  • Study 8: Introduction to the Key of A ~ Granny 52
  • Lyrical Phrasing 54
  • Study 9: Split Triplets and Elaboration of Melody Line
  • ~ Shoes and Stockings, elaborated version 54
  • Study 10: Maintaining Symmetry in Phrasing ~ Ebenezer 56
  • Study 11: Sweeping Arpeggios ~ Swinging on a Gate 58
  • Study 12: Imitating the Appalachian Long Bow Style ~ Lady of the Lake 60
  • Study 13: Double Stop Harmonies ~ Shady Grove 62
  • Study 14: Introduction to Counterpoint ~ Two Friends Quadrille 64
  • Study 15: Moving the Axis of the Hand ~ Bill Cheatum 66
  • Study 16: Introduction to the Key of C ~ High Yellow 68
  • Study 17: Introduction to the Key of F ~ Hull’s Victory 70
  • Rhythmic Studies 72
  • Study 18: Double Stop Study in D ~ Chicken Reel 72
  • Study 19: Double Stop Study in A ~ Cluck Old Hen 74
  • Study 20: Using a Repeated Chord as a Rhythmic Device ~ Blackberry Blossom 76
  • Study 21: Imitating Shuffle-Bowing in the Lower Strings ~ 28th of January 78
  • Study 22: Offbeat Counterpoint as a Rhythmic Device ~ Sally Ann Johnson 80
  • Study 23: Imitating Bow Rocking on Alternating Strings ~ Fisher’s Hornpipe 82
  • Study 24: Introduction to B Minor ~ Shamrock in the Galax 84
  • Summary of Major Points in Studies 1 – 24 86
  • Harmony through Chords and Counterpoint 87
  • Study 25: Counterpoint Study in G ~ Barlow Knife 88
  • Study 26: Counterpoint Study in D ~ Rock the Cradle Joe 90
  • Study 27:  ~ Seneca Square Dance 92
  • Study 28:  ~ John Brown’s March 96
  • Study 29:  ~ Rose Division 98
  • Study 30:  ~ Flowers of Edinburgh 100
  • A Final Word 102

Appendix 1 103
Appendix 2 104

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