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.
- 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!
- 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.
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!
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.
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
- (30 days)