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In this episode of The Violin Geek Podcast we speak with celebrated New England based fiddler and songwriter Lissa Schneckenburger, who's been helping students increase their confidence and improve their skills through her popular ear-training workshop for years, and now as the 14-week self-paced online course, "Learning By Ear." We learn about the inspiration behind the course, why ear-training is an important skill for all musicians, not just fiddlers, and Lissa shares tips for approaching both the rhythmic and melodic challenges we might encounter when trying to learn a tune by ear. Along the way we also enjoy clips of her inspiring fiddling and heartfelt songwriting. Listen in the player below, or find the show wherever you listen to podcasts.

Show notes:

Lissa’s website

Lissa's "Learning By Ear" course

Lissa's new album pre-order and info

Sign up for Lissa's 100 day practice challenge

Purchase "The Fair Maid by the Sea Shore" and other songs from her album "Song"

Purchase "Petronella," "Lamplighter’s Hornpipe/Suffer the Child," and other songs from her album "Dance"

Purchase "When My Baby Cries" and other songs from her album "Thunder in My Arms"

About Robert M. Childs, the maker of Lissa's fiddle and the Childsplay group


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Tuesday December 20th, 2022

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