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Have fun learning faster and playing better with AFM Online School!
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American Fiddle Method Online School

Hi! I'm Brian Wicklund and I am realizing my dream of spreading the joy of playing fiddle music by creating American Fiddle Method Online School!

Who the heck are you, Brian Wicklund?

I fell in love with playing the fiddle as a 7 year old and immediately felt welcomed by an incredible community. Young and old alike learn from each other and build lasting friendships around this incredibly fun music. The fiddle has enriched my life so much that my passion turned into a career.

The Musician:

  • Founder of bluegrass bands Brother Mule and Barley Jacks
  • Toured across US, Canada, UK, Europe, Japan, and Middle East. 
  • Sought after studio musician on dozens of recording projects

Here is a clip of me playing with my band the Barley Jacks!

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The Teacher
  • Founder of Fiddle Pal Camps in MN, WI and MA
  • Taught thousands of students at nearly all of the major fiddle and bluegrass camps in US and UK.
  • BA in Education
  • Founder of Bluegrass College online
  • Best-selling author of American Fiddle Method published by Mel Bay which has sold over 100,000 copies

What is American Fiddle Method Online School?

At americanfiddlemethod.com fiddle players from beginner to advanced can learn and connect to a community. The website will consist of three parts: a Video Lessons, Online Live Courses, and information about my Fiddle Pal Camps.

Video Lessons

  • A monthly membership of $19.95 accesses a library of over 150 Video Lessons (about five years of private lessons!).

  • Absolute beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels

  • Learn at your own pace

  • Jump in the program at your level

  • Post questions and read answers

  • Tricks and shortcuts to save time and frustration

  • Learn super fun tunes!

    What's in a Video Lesson?

    1. Play Along Video – I play the tune at a practice tempo with a metronome.

    2. Tutorial Video – I thoroughly explain the core techniques and teach the tune in small sections.

    3. Audio Track – Listen to recording at performance tempo with a full band.

    4. Sheet Music – Read notation, chords and lyrics for the tune or technique.

    Note: The list of video lessons goes by SUPER fast in the video!  Click here to get a closer look.

Online Live Courses

Online Live Courses are 8 week, interactive classes taught in real time. With a free, user- friendly, online meeting platform, students learn and ask questions together in real time with the camaraderie of a traditional classroom.  Live Courses will focus on topics such as bluegrass, improvisation, swing, Scottish, Irish, Swedish, Cajun and old time fiddling.

  • 8 Weeks focusing on a fiddle style

  • 1 Hour-long group class each week

  • 1 Hour-long review and master class each week

  • Downloadable video recap of all classes

  • Sheet music for every lesson

  • Extras to challenge advanced players

  • One-on-one master class instruction

  • Each course is $180. This includes 16 hours of live, real time instruction (an amazing bargain at $11.25 per hour!).

Fiddle Pal Camps

For the past seven years, I have hosted camps in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Massachusetts.  Fiddle Pal Camps is 4 days to discover, learn and play!

  • Ages 9 years to adults
  • Hand-picked staff of amazingly talented teachers and musicians
  • Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes
  • Learn to jam
  • Learn up to a dozen new tunes
  • Learn different styles
  • For fiddle, viola, cello, mandolin, guitar, bass and percussion
  • Tons of fun!
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What do you get with your Kickstarter Pledge?

  • Early Bird discounts on AFM Membership to access Video Lessons, Live Courses, and Fiddle Pal Camps

  • Some pretty sweet swag

  • A great feeling of knowing you are helping to spread the fun of fiddle music across the world!

  • Music from Brian's bands the Barley Jacks and Brother Mule.
Barley Jacks
Barley Jacks

 

Brother Mule
Brother Mule

 

Risks and challenges

Risks and challanges include:
-creating a website that is easy to navigate
-creating a workflow that is easy to manage
-being responsive to feedback from members

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    Tune It Up

    Not ready to jump into full membership? Not a problem! Select this tier for exclusive updates and more. Thanks for your support!

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    Lighthouse

    Get a digital download of Brian's band the Barley Jacks latest 12-cut CD "Lighthouse."

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    Boil 'em Cabbage

    You save on a one month AFM Membership for you or a friend to access over 150 Video Lessons! ($20 value)

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    Barley Jack

    A fan not a fiddler? Enjoy 2 CDs from Brian's band the Barley Jacks of "The Lighthouse" and their debut recording "Either Side of Night" ($30 value)

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    Brother Mule

    A fan not a fiddler? Brian teamed up with Idaho songwriter wiz Ben Winship, and bass monster Eric Thorin to record two CDs you'll enjoy, "Big Twang" and "Jawbone." ($30 value)

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    Angelina Baker

    You save on one month AFM Membership for you or a friend to learn from over 150 Video Lessons and we'll send you a AFM book of your choice! ($45 value).

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    Super Fan

    All four CDs from two groups and nearly 50 tracks of Brian's music! ($60 value)

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    Old Joe Clark

    You save on 1 month AFM Membership for you or a friend to access the Video Lessons and BOTH fiddle books! ($70 value).

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    Red Haired Boy

    You save BIG for you or a friend on a full year of AFM Membership access over 150 Video Lessons, plus autographed copies of BOTH AFM Volume 1 and 2 books. We'll also throw in an AFM brand microfiber violin cloth and an instrument case tag so you never lose it! ($260 value).

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    • AFM Book Volume 1 AND 2 (autographed)
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    Turkey in the Straw

    You save with a one month AFM Membership to access the Video Lessons PLUS registration for you or a friend to a 8 Week Live Course ($200 value).

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    Stinky's Blues

    Save on a FULL year of AFM Membership, an 8 Week Live Course, and Volume 1 AND 2 books and violin cloth and instrument tag. Makes a great gift. ($440 value)

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    June Apple

    You get everything from Stinky's Blues level plus a registration for a 2017 Fiddle Pal Camp in MN, WI or MA! ($840 value)

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    • Online 8 Week Live Course ($180 value)
    • AFM Book Volume 1 AND 2 (autographed)
    • Fiddle Pal Camp Registration at MN, WI or MA ($400 value)
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    You get everything from June Apple level for TWO people. Makes a great holiday gift...($1680 value)

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    • Online 8 Week Live Course ($180 value)
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    • Fiddle Pal Camp Registration at MN, WI or MA ($400 value)
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    Forked Deer

    You get everything from June Apple level for THREE people. Makes a REALLY great holiday gift! ($2520 value)

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    Lake Superior Workshop Weekend

    You are a true patron of the fiddle! Brian Wicklund would like to reward you personally with a three-day exclusive fiddle workshop in a luxury cabin on the north shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minnesota! For three days, we'll learn in a small group workshop class and jam session. We'll take breaks to enjoy the beautiful Lake Superior shores and forests and enjoy good food and good times. You cover your travel there and we'll cover the rest. it will be SO much fun!
    You also get a patron's never-ending Annual AFM Membership!

    Includes:
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    • AFM Eternal Membership
    • Online 8 Week Live Course ($180 value)
    • Fiddle Pal Camp Registration at MN, WI or MA ($400 value)
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