Lora Staples - beginning violin and fiddle expert

What is the Nashville Shuffle?

How to apply this interesting and easy to play bow pattern to your fiddle tunes

In this video, Lora talks again about fiddling, and this time gives you a bow pattern technique to add to your fiddle arsenal: the Nashville Shuffle. She's sure you'll impress your audience with it, which always makes playing even more fun!

Released on August 7, 2013

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Comments, Questions, Requests:

Butch Bittner on April 13, 2021 @7:24 am PST
That was the best explanation & a basic application I’ve viewed!
You recommend the fill collection, I don’t see that when I go to the site. Can you steer me in the right direction?
Julian Bowerman on August 22, 2017 @3:05 pm PST
Hi Lora. I really appreciate your style of teaching! Been playing/ practically 9 months. Can you tell me what the music is on the end of the Nashville bowing video. Guessing it's for more advanced fiddlers.
Best Wishes

Donna on September 11, 2013 @6:08 am PST
I would like to know if there is a place where I can learn all these
Fiddle tricks.Thanks for the info you have out here on the Web.
Lora - host, on September 11, 2013 @8:19 pm PST
Hi Donna! Thanks for watching!
As a matter of fact, yes, I have a YouTube channel which is very helpful with fiddle tips and learning new tunes.
The fiddle channel is "RedDesertFiddle",

And also a violin technique channel called RedDesertViolin:

And last but not least, I have a super, DUPER online fiddle class that goes for 6 months, and people have just raved about it. It teaches EVERYTHING--Nashville Shuffle, Georgia Shuffle, Hokum bow, chord charts, left hand ornamentation, how to play back-up, and on and on!
YOu can find out more about that here:

Again, thanks for watching, and I'll talk to you later! --Lora
Prakash Mangalat on September 4, 2013 @11:57 pm PST
happy to see your Technics though I am only a beginner this helps me a lot ....thanq...
Lora - host, on September 6, 2013 @11:15 am PST
You are welcome! Yes, even beginners can apply these techniques...and before long, you will no be a beginner!
Keep up the good work!
Trina * VSM MEMBER * on August 29, 2013 @1:42 pm PST
My training is in classical music but I live in an area where fiddle playing is more the norm and am expected to know how to fiddle. This is a great help- thanks!
Lora - host, on August 29, 2013 @3:47 pm PST
I'm glad it helps, Trina. You will find as a classical player that it's really quite easy to implement the patterns once you know what the heck they are!
Eugenie van Zyl * VSM MEMBER * on August 28, 2013 @2:37 pm PST
Lora, this was very interesting to watch, but let me not get distracted. I am busy with the second last lesson of Suzuki Book I with Reddessertviolin.com (you had a special word for second last, remember?) and once my violin playing is coming on nicely, then only will I start with fiddle music. First things comes first. Thanx anyway!!! Thank you VIRTUAL Sheet Music - you rock!!
Lora - host, on August 29, 2013 @2:06 pm PST
Good job, Eugenie!!! I'm proud of you!
kevin * VSM MEMBER * on August 28, 2013 @12:54 pm PST
brill tutor .. even though I dont play fiddle..lovely teaching manner ,, do you teach piano ?
Lora - host, on August 29, 2013 @9:07 am PST
Hi Kevin
Thank you! I do not teach piano....I can barely play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on piano!!!
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on August 29, 2013 @11:23 am PST
Kevin, if you have any questions about the piano, you may ask Robert:


Do you receive Robert's videos? Please, let me know.

Donna on August 21, 2013 @7:33 am PST
I have learned the #'s but I am having dificulty with flats.
Any ideals on how to play flats?
Lora - host, on August 22, 2013 @7:55 am PST
Hi Donna
My best suggestion is to learn a C Major scale first. That scale is challenging, and prepares you nicely for flats by cancelling out all the sharps! C Major has some Low 2's in it, plus a low 1 on the E string, so it really prepares the hand nicely.

Next, I would Learn the scale of F Major, which only has 1 flat, so it would not be a big jump from C Major. Next, learn Bb Major, and so on.

Also, JUST START WITH 1st POSITION!!! Too many people get in a hurry to do crazy 3-octave stuff.....JUST GET 1st POSITION solid...then you have a solid foundation for the advanced stuff.

Check out the scale books here at Virtual SHeet music....they are EXCELLENT!
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