Tutorial 86! The Mortgage Burn.

It’s Fiddle Friday! Tutorial #86 is here, and it’s a corkin’ A major reel from Cape Breton Island, called “Mortgage Burn”. It was written by Gordon MacLean and it has spread like wildfire through the session scene, appearing on recordings all over the world too.  It can be slightly tricky, but the more you listen…

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Tutorial 85! Primrose Lasses.

Hey guys! It’s hard to find much history of this tune, other than that it’s trad-Irish and was adopted by Cape Breton many moons ago. The two versions are quite different – I first heard it on a Natalie & Buddy MacMaster recording, and later by Solas. I was jamming with my brother the other…

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Tutorial 84! In Memory Of Herbie MacLeod (FREE)

Jerry Holland knew how to write ear-worms that you didn’t mind floating around in your head all day! This waltz is absolutely beautiful, and I think it should be played more (I think you’ll agree when you hear it). I start the tutorial off for beginner players, and then we move into an intermediate lesson…

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Christmas Fiddle Tune Tutorial! Silent Night.

Silent Night is fairly easy to tackle on the fiddle for a beginner player (we’re in the people’s key of G), but if you’d like to make a wee performance out of er, you may want some drones, double stops, hammer-ons, grace notes, slurs, etc. Soooo, in this month’s tutorial, we start with the basics…

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Tutorial 83! Lime Hill.

Written by Cape Breton’s Dan R. MacDonald, ‘Lime Hill’ had been recorded by many folks around the globe… But I’d have to say John Morris Rankin playing it on The Rankin Family’s 1990 album, “Fare Thee Well Love” is my fav. If you haven’t seen this live YouTube vid of him playing, I’d highly recommend…

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Tutorial 82! West Mabou Reel.

Heyo everyone! We’ve got the “West Mabou Reel” for ya, a classic Cape Breton tune 🙂 I’ve been hearing this tune forever because it’s been recorded many, many times and it’s a corker reel! It’s hard to have a jam or dance out here without hearing this tune, so I’m glad to have a tutorial…

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Tutorial 81! Memories Of Herbie & Agnes Cheverie.

I remember hearing this for the first time in my Dad’s living room after he wrote it and I knew it was a special tune, because it gave me goosebumps! I also know how much Herbie and Agnes meant to Dad, so it makes the tune even more special (straight from the heart). This is…

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Tutorial 80! La Belle Catherine.

A Quebecois anthem! I’ve always loved this tune (I believe the first person I heard play it was Andre Brunet), because it’s so happy and cheery! And with the French “feet” (which I attempted in the preview recording), it’s a toe tapper for sure. This is a tune for all levels (ambitious beginners included), but…

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Tutorial 79! Put Me In The Big Chest.

After hearing this tune several times at the 47th Annual Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival this past weekend, I decided to turn er into a tutorial! It’s such a great beginner reel (that all levels can play), that is happy and full of energy 🙂 It’s actually one of the first reels I’ve ever learned and…

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Tutorial 78! Goolaholla! Jig + Reel

Heyo guys! I hope you’re all well and enjoying the exciting almost summer vibes ☀️ We’re still celebrating the release of our new East Pointers track, Goolaholla! Have you heard it yet (it’s ok if you haven’t ;))? CLICK HERE to check er out ???? Koady, Jake and I wrote these tunes in the summer of 2021…

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