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A nice balance between lore and fiddle tunes. I like how the tunes are grouped by key, from easiest to more challenging. I have some violin experience so I won't be using his "system" but I found his notes on theory to be informative.
About a year ago I decided to learn the violin. I thought I would start with the fiddle tunes and searched around the amazon site for a book. My teacher recommended 2 books which I purchased but I also saw this one and thought I would purchase as well. This has turned out to be the gem of all 3 books. His tab method of reading music is quite clever! The tunes are beautiful and you can play along with the CD. It also contains all my favorites such as Red River Valley, Amazing Grace, Buffalo Gals, House of the Rising Sun, Rain and Snow and some great bible tunes like Gospel Plow. Further, he teaches you some history about the tune, introducing each with nuggets such as who wrote it, who made it famous, why it's so special, etc. If you are a newbie to the violin and want to try playing some tunes quickly, buy this book.
If you're an absolute beginner and want to teach yourself fiddle, this is a fine book. It still won't be easy, but this book will tell you what you need to know to get started.
If you have an instructor (which you really, really should) or are anything other than a bare beginner, there's not much for you here. This is a completely basic book that most likely wouldn't have anything left to teach you after a month of weekly lessons.
I liked this book. I am an adult learner. The book teaches you the basics of how to read music. Or in my case, refreshes my memory of how to read music and illustrates where each note can be found on the fiddle.The songs do get gradually harder. A significant number were recognizable which made learning to play them easier. The book is written in a very positive manner. It encourages the learner to have fun and not expect sudden greatness.
I got this book for my wife. We are both musicians, and can read music as well as play a number of other instruments. She has wanted to learn fiddle for a while, specifically to play country music (e.g., bluegrass). We tried just getting a couple PDFs of fiddle tunes, but that didn't work out too well as the tunes tended to be harder to play.
She hasn't gotten too far into the book, but she likes how Wayne explains everything from what the parts of the violin are called, how to tune, how to improvise, play in different keys, etc. And having someone to play with (on the CD) is really helpful, too. So far, she is enjoying the book and actually is enjoying learning to play! I'd highly recommend this for anyone who can't play violin and wants to learn to play this style (I can't comment on it's effectiveness for people who already know how to play).
Edit note: I dropped one star because sometimes the recorded fiddle tunes have seem to have intonation problems. This is unfortunate and a bit disappointing, since it's difficult to maintain good intonation while playing with them; however, it's pretty close, and a lot better than most beginners likely will be. I would still heartily recommend it... I just couldn't quite give it 5 stars.