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Fiddle II

No class on April 30th. 

This course will proceed to work on tunes in the most common keys of Old Time fiddling; A, C, D and G. Each tune demonstrates something new either in left hand technique or bowing, and hopefully forms a solid foundation of skills and repertoire for the student to draw upon from now on. Fiddle II will be taught by ear with some written study aids provided.

While emphasis is placed on learning by ear rather than reading music, students are encouraged to identify the notes being played by name ( D, E, F#,.. etc. ) This becomes an increasingly important part of managing a sizable class and communicating the lessons effectively. Admittedly, learning the notes by name is not for everyone, the instructor will do his best to accommodate all.

The instructor provides sample recordings of the tunes covered in class; these are downloadable in mp3 format. Students are welcome to use their own recording methods during class.

Note to violinists: Often students with many years of violin training are interested in learning the subtleties of the fiddling style and wish to join these classes. I welcome the participation, but I will always maintain a pace that suits the beginners who may have only just started.

Level: Intermediate. Six months to a year experience with bowing. Best prerequisite: Fiddle I and Fiddle I Repertoire. It could also be helpful to attend some slow jam sessions.

If you have further questions about the course please contact Mark at

*Classes are now being held at Winchester Thurston in Shadyside.

Your PayPal payment serves as your registration. You will be contacted with more information about the class closer to the start date.



Refunds, Pro-rates and Cancellation Policy: Refunds will only be issued if Calliope cancels a class due to insufficient enrollment. If that happens, you will be notified in advance and will receive a refund or credit within 30 days from the start of class. No refunds will be given to those who cancel their registration within 2 days before a class starts or after class begins. Classes may not be pro-rated; please plan accordingly. Confirmations will be sent approximately a week before a class starts via email (please specify if you prefer to be contacted by phone).

Class Dates

March 19, 2024 - May 14, 2024


Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45pm


Mark Tamsula

Mark Tamsula plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, and mandolin in the Old Time Country style and knows more than 700 tunes and songs, including a repertoire of music specific to the SW Pennsylvania region. Mark has been performing and teaching ... more


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