- 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, "The
Aurora Violin Manuscripts," 169 tunes from the quadrille band manuscripts
of 19th century Aurora, Oregon, "Now That's A Good Tune," the major
book on Missouri fiddling with two CDs.
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
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..
- A wide range of articles of interest to fiddlers and oldtime musicians.