Destined to become a classic, this method provides the beginner with the elements needed to become a proficient fiddler. Based on many years of teaching experience, the author introduces the concepts and techniques that yields solid results. This method encourages creativity in the student by including variations to the tunes and illustrating how they can serve as a basis for improvisation. To assist in the development of ensemble skills, chords and lyrics, basic music theory, and demonstrations of such skills as backup and lead playing are included in this profusely- illustrated book. This book is beneficial for both fiddle students and classical Suzuki violin students. A CD for listening and play-along captures the excitement of the music and aids instruction. This set also includes the companion DVD, in which the author guides you through the basic skills of learning the fiddle and shares his pointers and shortcuts to help you learn faster and more efficiently.