Tune Books - Books of tunes in standard
music notation for fiddle and mandolin. These include the "Brand New
Old Time Fiddle Tune" series of three books of tunes written by fiddlers
in the later part of the 20th century, "Pleasures of Home," a book set from a notebook of tunes
played in jam sessions in a barber shop in Minot, N.D. in the 1930s, "The Peter Beemer Manuscript," a historically
important book of 124 tunes collected in a hand written manuscript for the
dance band in the mining camp of Warren's Diggins, Idaho, in the 1860s, "The Haynes Family Manuscript,"
a book of 65 19th century dance tune from a pioneer manuscript from
the Williamette Valley, OR, "The John Neilson Music Book," a music manuscript writtn out by a fiddler in Cuilhill, Scotland, to play for dances ad local entertainments, "Now That's A Good Tune," the major
book on Missouri fiddling with two CDs, "The Mandolin Player's Pastime," a book of 140 tunes that work
well on solo mandolin, set in standard music notation and mandolin tablature.
For many years we (Phil & Vivian) have been teaching
fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and bass at fiddle camps and workshops. Here we include
material that we use in these workshops and wish to make available to participants
prior to the workshop.
Voyager Recordings & Publications
|| Instruction Materials, Tune
- This is a series of packets or tunes for fiddle
and/or mandolin to facilitate learning and adding tunes to your repertoire.
Each packet covers a type or tune and/or level of playing ability. In the packet
are the tunes in standard music notation, chord charts, and a CD of all the
tunes, usually with the lead instrument on the left channel, and the accompaniment
on the right channel. The music and chord charts are on standard 8 1/2"
x 11" paper, punched for a three hole binder. The CD is in a paper sleeve,
also punched for the binder. The materials are packaged in a plastic zip sealing
- How each of our CDs was recorded, equipment used,
recording setup, and related information, and information about Professional
, a book authored by David Miles Huber and Philip L.
Williams, published by Mix Magazine, that shows methods for miking almost any
Fiddle Seconding Missouri Style DVD -
Fiddle seconding is one fiddler playing rhythmic chording to back up a fiddler playing lead. This is a very old accompaniment technique, though it is seldom seen today. On this DVD, Dr. Howard Marshall plays the seconding fiddle and explains how it is done, and Vivian Williams plays lead fiddle. The insert with the DVD contains diagrams of the fiddle chords used..
Articles - A wide range of articles of interest to fiddlers and oldtime musicians.