Current Season

Extended Season 2020


Billy Sullivan’s  REVISITED — VIDEO – Bowing


Bodavalsen  REVISITED — VIDEO Bodavalen


Booth Shot Lincoln  REVISITED — Try out the new trick (see Hunting the Buffalo)  of cross tuning AEAE on this familiar tune. TUNE GENTLY, now is not a time to break strings.  Your instruments can definitely handle it, but just go gentle  —  VIDEO Cross tuned   Or just have some fun with Booth Shot Lincoln by adding lots of shuffles! (No cross tuning necessary!) —  Shuffles 


The Carraroe  REVISITED — VIDEO The Carrarow bowing


East Tennessee Blues  EAR TUNE WEEK #4 —  VIDEO East Tennessee Blues    More ideas for the tune    Guitar back up  


Flickorna Svensson   REVISITED — VIDEO Flickorna Svensson


Flowers Of Spring  EAR TUNE WEEK #5 —  VIDEO Flowers of Spring   Thoughts on bowing


Galtee Ranger  EAR TUNE WEEK #3 —  VIDEO Galtee Ranger  The Galtee Ranger lends itself to lots of rolls and cuts.  I’ve broken this into two videos, the first on adding the left hand ornament known as a roll  and the second focusing on the right hand ornament known as a bowed triplet or a cut.  


Hunting The Buffalo   EAR TUNE WEEK #1  —  VIDEO Hunting the Buffalo  Now try out the ear tune cross tuned in AEAE. TUNE GENTLY, now is not a time to break strings. Your instruments can definitely handle it, but just go gentle  —–  Learning to cross tune   


Marie Sauce ton Pain  EAR TUNE WEEK #2VIDEO Marie Sauce ton Pain  AND  On guitar  


Off  She Goes – with a harmony  REVISITED — VIDEO Off She Goes harmonies  Explore some harmony ideas for this tune from Spring 2020


The Orphan   REVISITED — VIDEO The Orphan with lots of rolls and a few slides


Polska from Mora  REVISITED — VIDEO Polska from Mora


Saint-Jean   REVISITED — VIDEO Reel St. Jean with lots of cuts


Tillsammans (Swedish for together)   EAR TUNE WEEK #6 —  VIDEO Tillsammans  


Wind That Shakes the Barley  REVISITED — VIDEO Getting more groove in your bowing (ignore what I say, focus on what I’m doing)


Things to do with tunes

QUEBECOIS TUNES  — Marie Sauce ton Pain,  Glise ‘a Sherbrooke,  L’Oiseau Bleu —  Adding a bounce to your bow and adding some extra arpeggiated notes


Annika’s Exercises, Tips and Scales

DOODLING on your instrument- a very useful and beneficial component of practice In this video I look briefly at the 4 important components of practice and then delve into that 4th one (which is the most neglected) of “make something up” I look at 3 ways to do this: gentle doodles, re-writting endings, and exploring arpeggios over chord sequences. Backing track for that 1 4 1 5 chord sequence from the DOODLING video in 3 keys for you to doodle around on

Scale and arpeggio exercise

Scale and arpeggio bonus exercise

Cross-bowing scale pattern

Skipping scale

Tips for Bowing on 2 Strings

Intro to Chopping  And then by request, I took on the topic of chopping… as I mention in the video, there are so many other great resources out there for this, so if chopping intrigues you, check out some other tutorials too!

Tips for shoulder, back, neck, hand pain  so here are just a few thoughts and tips on avoiding that or dealing with it if it’s already set in

Discussion — bringing tunes to life in different styles

Shuffle exercise