Fiddle method to compliment Suzuki method

Amy Steinkamp said: Apr 24, 2013
 1 posts

I’ve heard that Wicklund’s American Fiddle method is a good compliment to Suzuki, but it only goes up to book 2. Are there any other fiddle lesson books that can be a companion to Suzuki in the upper levels, book 3 and beyond? Thanks in advance.

Kiyoko said: Apr 29, 2013
 95 posts

You might want to also ask this in the Canadian section of the forum as the Suzuki programs in Canada have co-existed and integrated with fiddling for decades.

Celia Jones said: Apr 30, 2013
72 posts

You might like Kevin Burke’s videos. They aren’t specifically matched with Suzuki, but if you watch them you might find relevant material. And anyway he plays so gorgeously.

Anita said: Apr 30, 2013
 40 posts

I would strongly recommend Patrick Clark’s “Fiddle 4 Every Level.” There’s 4 levels of music for each fiddle song and your student can progress up to level 4—i.e. playing the harmony with another fiddler. The fiddle tune selections are varied and differ significantly from Wicklund’s, and reflect Old Time fiddling. The only drawback is there’s no CD to listen to, not yet, anyway. His versions were all the rage at the fiddle contests this year in Arizona.

Carol Ann Wheeler also has a 2-volume fiddle series, Children’s Fiddling Method, published by Mel Bay, and her Volume 2 is rather difficult, but even once your student’s mastered that, she has plenty of other books, like Aerobics for Fiddlers, that will stretch your student’s fiddling skills.


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