Shady Grove on Fiddle

Recently, I posted Shady Grove as a fiddle tab chart on my web site, There’s a nice little story to go with it on that page, too.

Here I have a little more explanation and background to the tune in the form of a video.

Here is the pdf of the tab chart. All three versions easily fit on one printable sheet that you can place on your music stand. But, it won’t take long to learn this one. Shady Grove is just one part. Not too complicated. But, as the story goes, a popular song and tune.

G Scale for Beginning Fiddlers

Play the G Scale on the Fiddle

Every music student learns to play scales in traditional music instruction. It may be as a fiddler you have focused on fiddle tunes. That’s okay. But, to master your instrument, even for playing fiddle tunes, scales are going t be a big help.

This video shows the approach I favor for playing scales. It’s a little different from standard. I emphasize the tonality of the scale by repeating the tone center when playing more than one octave. Most methods do not do this.

The video explains why and how.

This chart with the G scale in tab matches the video to some extent. Then, it goes a little further. As you get used to playing the scale, then you slur two notes. Next slur four notes, playing a little faster. Finally you are slurring eight notes in a bow, zipping right along.

Traditional teaching seems to insist that the speed of each group of notes is equal to the metric pulse or beat. I don’t insist on that. Just add enough speed to get the notes in.


The last line has an arpeggio. I don’t believe the repetition of the tone center is relevant in an arpeggio. And here is a pdf file of the chart.

Tuning a Fiddle

The following video moves quickly through rough tuning and fine tuning a violin. There are a couple of points to mention about it.

The violin shown has the kind of pegs that have an adjustment screw. If the peg tends to slip, you tighten the screw. If it is too hard to move, you loosen the screw. As you see in the video, they don’t require any adjustment.

Although you don’t see an important element in the beginning, you do further on. I mean the part about plucking the string continuously as you move the peg. This is seriously important! Being too casual about this could let you over-tune, damaging, or even breaking the string.