Vi Wickam of Loveland, CO has been performing fiddle and writing music since before he could read. Along with his brothers and dad, The Wickam Family Band performed regularly on Blinky’s Fun Club, a nationally syndicated TV program. Vi’s fiddling can be heard on numerous CD recordings, including two of his own. He’s played with many different bands throughout the United States, and even briefly in England. Among his fiddling honors, Vi has won the Colorado State Championship twice, and been a finalist four times at the Grand Masters’ Fiddler Championship. He has judged fiddle contests throughout the US, and directed regional and state level fiddle contests. Read More About Vi→
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I have a question and I wonder if you could help me in any way to resolve it. I am not a beginner on fiddle but equally I am certainly not an advanced player. Maybe somewhere around intermediate or slightly below. Anyway I heard your rendition of Ain’t Misbehaving’ and I wanted to ask you when you go off the actual melody and play those little runs off the beaten track so to speak can you give me some tips to help me know what notes to play or think about playing so that I can at least start to make tunes more interesting. Just some tips to get me from where I am which is a bit frustrated to have some idea of how to move forward so that I can turn a simple melody into something really jazzy and cool to listen to. Any pointers would be appreciated – many thanks for all your videos and explanations. Look forward to hearing from you – Sean.
Vi Wickam says
The simple answer is that you play over the chords of the song, I know that this isn’t all that helpful without the chords of the song or additional explanation. I am in Louisiana for the next week recording an album.
I will work on putting together some more practically oriented lessons on improvising around a melody.
In the meantime, you might find the Practical Music Theory Series helpful:
I will post more info soon. Thanks for your question!