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Fiddle Tunes and Folk Songs

Learn to flatpick the melodies to ten traditional fiddle tunes and songs, with simple melodic variations and performance tips. Perfect the old-time and bluegrass boom-chuck rhythm, with bass runs.

In addition to video, this series includes PDF downloads with supplementary material - music notation, TAB, and additional instruction. This is yours to keep! We recommend opening in a new window for side-by-side viewing with the video or printing out a hard copy.




Publisher: Acoustic Guitar Magazine
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Scott Nygaard

Scott Nygaard is one of the most inventive and original guitarists in the bluegrass/acoustic music scene. Initially influenced by Doc Watson, Clarence White, Django Reinhardt, and Riley Puckett, Scott spent many years wandering the sea of American music that includes bluegrass, jazz, Cajun, old-time, western swing and rock and roll, and has since expanded his musical world to include traditional Swedish and Irish music.

Scott was the guitarist with Tim O’Brien’s band, the O’Boys, from 1992 to 1997, and has performed and/or recorded with such acoustic music stars as Joan Baez, Chris Thile, Darol Anger, Jerry Douglas, Laurie Lewis, Anonymous 4,  Matt Flinner, Bill Evans, and Sharon Gilchrist, receiving numerous Grammy nominations for his stellar sidemanship. He was the guitarist on three recordings that have proven to be extremely influential on the contemporary acoustic music scene: Chris Thile’s Leading Off, Tim O’Brien’s Red on Blonde, and Jerry Douglas’s Slide Rule.

Former editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, Scott has written hundreds of articles on music, musicians, guitars, and guitarists for Acoustic Guitar, Strings, Play Guitar!, and Guitar World Acoustic; authored two instruction books, Bluegrass Guitar Essentials and Fiddle Tunes and Folk Songs for Beginning Guitar (both String Letter Publishing/Hal Leonard); produced an instructional video, Bluegrass Lead Guitar (Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop), and taught at music workshops from Fairbanks to Finland.

Scott is a co-founder of Peghead Nation, an online roots music instruction site, with subscription-based courses in mandolin, fiddle, banjo, dobro, guitar, and ukulele.

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