Texas and Swing Fiddle

Matt Glaser

From Traditional Tunes to Jazz Standards

Six CDs plus Music Book, with Molly Mason, rhythm guitar
  • Code:CDLGLASW99
  • Skill Level:Early Intermediate (3)
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These lessons will expand your repertoire along with your skills and knowledge of the fiddle. Starting with old-time Texas fiddling, you'll progress through modern Texas, Western Swing and jazz soloing. Matt Glaser carefully breaks down all the tunes and analyzes the styles of Benny Thomasson, Bob Wills, Vassar Clements, Mark O'Connor, Stephane Grappelli, Joe Venuti and Eddie South. Before long, you'll be improvising jazz and swing solos like those performed by these great pioneering artists.

These CD lessons will help you develop strong technical skills. You'll learn the secrets of back-up fiddle, how to improvise over chord changes, play tricky cross-bowing passages and lots more, including detailed instruction on how to play more than twenty great songs. 

Songs including: "Sally Goodin," "Salt River," "Leather Britches," "Billy in the Lowground," "Sally Johnson," "I Don't Love Nobody," "Texas Waltz," "Maiden's Prayer," "Corrina, Corrina," "Lady Be Good," " samplings from "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Forked Deer," "Dusty Miller," "Cotton Patch Rag," "Beaumont Rag," "Milk Cow Blues," "Panhandle Rag," "Faded Love," and more!


james 2 years, 3 months ago

This has advanced my fiddling more than any other book/cd set or video so far, mostly due to the approachable tune analysis. Matt talks you through classic breaks from some of the genre's best players, getting to the heart of what makes them work the way they do and why they sound so good to us. There's an awful lot of info here to keep you busy, and it's well worth investing the money (and time!) in. After playing fiddle almost 9 years, this book/CD set has been the guide that has helped me feel confident in the world of improvising. I look forward to checking out some of Matt's other stuff.

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