NoCo Fiddle Camp Scholarships

Magnolia Music Studio is offering two half scholarships (regularly $135) to the Northern Colorado Fiddle Camp, July 19-23, 9am-noon. with a family performance at noon on the final day of camp.  Instructors are fiddle champions Vi Wickam and Cody Stadelmaier.
Email [email protected] to recommend a student. Vi Wickam also suggested a short essay from the student on why they would like to attend the camp.

How to Practice Effectively Workshop Notes

Here are my notes from my workshop on Practicing Effectively. Included are a general HowTo outline for practicing, some basic recommendation, and a couple of additional handouts with scale exercises that I use as a warm up.

How to Practice Effectively

Mastering the G Scale

Simple Double Stop Scales

May COTFA Newsletter features Vi Wickam

The May edition of the Colorado Old Time Fiddlers’ Association Newsletter features another arrangement by Fort Collins Strings Member, Vi Wickam.

The May newsletter features a Twin Fiddle arrangement of “Who’s Gonna Talk to Dinah” as arranged by Vi Wickam. Vi learned this piece by listening to Junior Marriott and Alita Stoneking play the tune in the Twin Fiddle division at the American Heritage Music Festival in Grand Lake, OK. This isn’t a transcription of what they played, but is an arrangement that Vi worked up when he got back home after the contest.

COTFA Newsletter May 2010

Northern Colorado Fiddle Camp

Magnolia Music will be holding 2 – 1 week fiddle camps.

Camps will be taught by Champion Fiddlers: Vi Wickam and Cody Stadelmaier.

Classes are held in the mornings, and additional instruction is available outside of the camp in the afternoons and evenings.

Registration is limited to 15 for each camp, and the first one will be a more general/basic camp for beginners to intermediate fiddlers held July 19-23.

The second camp will be for more advanced students and will be held August …2-6.

Magnolia Music Summer Music Camps Poster 2010

Magnolia Music Summer Camps Details

Contact Cynthia Vaughn of Magnolia Music for Registration:  (970) 481 8661

Email:   [email protected]

May $5 Fiddling Workshop – Practicing Effectively


Thursday May 27, 7:00PM


Magnolia Music
210 Magnolia St.
Fort Collins, CO

Topic: Practicing Effectively—Learn how to make the most of your Practicing Time. All musicians and vocalists welcome.

Teacher: Vi Wickam – Champion Fiddler—970-430-6381

Admission: $5 All proceeds after covering our costs will go to COTFA (Colorado Oldtime Fiddlers Association.)


Vi Wickam Featured in April COTFA Newsletter

It is an honor to have one of our members featured in the April Newsletter for the Colorado Old Time Fiddlers’ Association.

The April COTFA Newsletter featured Vi Wickam’s arrangement of Arkansas Traveler, and talked about the $5 Fiddle Workshops that Vi is putting on Monthly at Magnolia Music.

COTFA Newsletter April 2010

Cross-Tuning – Workshop Notes

Here are my notes from the Cross-Tuned fiddle workshop. It has some recommendations for things to consider when you are wanting to cross-tune your fiddle. I also have listed some of the more common Alternate Violin Tunings. If you have additional tuning, please feel free to add them in the comments section.

I also have included sheet music to Midnight on the Water by Luke Thomasson. The music is just the basic melody. Below, you will also find a YouTube video of me playing Midnight on the water.

Cross-Tuned Fiddling Notes

Sheldon House Concert

Sheldon House Concert

Featuring ViFort Collins Sheldon House Wickam with Bubba and the Mudbugs


Thursday April 22


Sheldon House

616 West Mulberry
Fort Collins, CO

Call for Tickets: (970) 221-1917

$15—A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Larimer County Food Bank.
Champion Fiddler, Vi Wickam, and Guitarist/Singer Songwriter Richard Kelley play a fun combination of upbeat traditional tunes, hilarious comedy, and classic Americana.  Come join us. You’ll be glad you did!

Twin Fiddling – Workshop Notes

Here are my notes from the twin fiddle workshop. It has some general rules to consider when playing twin fiddle, as well as a very basic arrangement of Boil The Cabbage Down as triple fiddle, and Who’s Gonna Talk to Dinah as a twin arrangement I did based on hearing Junior Marriott play it with Alita Stoneking at the Grand Lake National fiddle contest.

Twin Fiddling Notes

Practical Music Theory – Workshop Notes

I have posted the notes that I handed out at the Practical Music Theory fiddle workshop. If you are wanting to learn a little bit about music theory, the reference sheet below has some good basic info (of course, we marked them up in the class with all sorts of other notes.)

Practical Music Theory