You Can be a FiddleStar

I post things about fiddling. And how we can all be better at it.

In which I appear to play one round of Cumberland Gap and then leave again, suddenly

Sid Lewis, Snap Jackson, Megan Lynch, and Matt Bruer - Cumberland Gap (by Snap Jackson)

Posted 256 weeks ago
<p>@strngbrnr74 tears into his newest love - a #1953d18 #martin #guitar #flatpick #bluegrass  (at Lynch Chowning Music Camp Headquarters)</p>

@strngbrnr74 tears into his newest love - a #1953d18 #martin #guitar #flatpick #bluegrass (at Lynch Chowning Music Camp Headquarters)

Posted 256 weeks ago
<p>@strngbrnr74 tucks into a serious #oysterpoboy #farmersmarket #nashville #cajungoodness (at Nooleys)</p>

@strngbrnr74 tucks into a serious #oysterpoboy #farmersmarket #nashville #cajungoodness (at Nooleys)

Posted 256 weeks ago
<p>My mom and I wait to greet the veterans returning from #honorflight #veterans  (at San Francisco International Airport (SFO))</p>

My mom and I wait to greet the veterans returning from #honorflight #veterans (at San Francisco International Airport (SFO))

Posted 256 weeks ago
<p>My friend Becca’s baby is a #fiddlestar #babiesofinstagram #bluegrassbaby</p>

My friend Becca’s baby is a #fiddlestar #babiesofinstagram #bluegrassbaby

Posted 256 weeks ago
<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="">hearthmusic</a>:</p>
<p>HearthPR: <a href="">American Songwriter Premieres</a> “John the Revelator” from new album from The Dustbowl Revival.</p>


HearthPR: American Songwriter Premieres “John the Revelator” from new album from The Dustbowl Revival.

Posted 256 weeks ago
Posted 256 weeks ago

An Open Letter to My Fiddle Students

Hi my dear students! (Some of you are regular students, some campers or workshop attendees, I adore you all!)
Since we are headed into contest season (actually, we’re already well into it, aren’t we?) I thought I’d do a group reminder about some important things to keep in mind when it comes to competing. I realize most of you know all this already, but in case you needed a little checkup - here we go!
1. Pay your accompanist(s). Guitar and bass players come to contests on their own time at their own expense. We are lucky to have them. It is customary to tip your accompanist 10% (that’s 10% for each person backing you up) of your winnings, no matter how large or small. Many of you skype students have other teachers in your area who back you up at contests. Tip them too. If we don’t pay our accompanists they won’t be able to afford to attend the contests and we won’t have them anymore. And where would we be then? If you don’t win any money, still buy them a drink or a burger or something at the contest. They work very hard for you and we need to keep them happy.
2. Dress appropriately for the stage. It is a competition but it is also a performance, usually attended by people of a certain age who expect performers to be respectful of the stage and the audience. If they didn’t pay for a ticket to come see you compete, the contest wouldn’t make any money and you wouldn’t win any. It’s a fairly simple equation. Make yourself, your parents, and your teacher proud.
3. Be gracious toward your other competitors. Complement their performances if you heard them play. Congratulate them on their placement, no matter how far above or below you they placed.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for your scoresheets. If you need to, blame it on me or if I’m there, ask for my help. Every contest should do this automatically but alas, that is not the case. As many of you know, I’m on a big crusade this year to turn this around at as many contests as possible but I need your help. Be calm, pleasant, and kind to the contest people when you ask. More flies with honey and whatnot. : )
5. Carry yourself with confidence and humility. Contests are most importantly a place where we build a community of musicians and friends to last a lifetime. Remember, judges are human and are, in almost every case, doing their level best to score things fairly and as they hear them. If your child (or you) doesn’t win, maybe she hears a tune that inspires her to go home and learn something new. If your child (or you) doesn’t win, maybe he made a friend who he can play some twin fiddle tunes with in the future. Whether or not your child (or you) does win, make it a priority to thank the contest organizers and volunteers for their hard work. It is not easy to put on a contest and we must show our gratitude for their efforts. As a teacher, it is important for me to know that each student is learning not just fiddle tunes, but life lessons.
I’m so proud to call you all students and friends. Thank you for reading all of this and for carrying on the great tradition that is old-time fiddling. 
Cheers, Megan
Posted 256 weeks ago
<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="">itsamusicianthing</a>:</p>
<p>So true.</p>


So true.

Posted 256 weeks ago
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Posted 256 weeks ago

I am excited to embark on a new chapter of my working life - I recently gave my notice to the Pam Tillis organization and will no longer be touring with her or Lorrie Morgan (on their awesome Grits and Glamour Tour). I must admit, I'm sad to be leaving. It's been an incredible four years and I have learned so much. Thanks to Pam, her amazing husband/manager Matt Spicher, and my bandmates, especially the lovely and talented Mary Sue Englund, with whom I spent more time over the last few years than I did with my husband. And I wouldn't trade a minute of it...