Steve EulbergVi Wickam



Vi s a 3rd generation fiddler from Colorado. He has finished in the finals at the Grand Master Fiddling Championship and has also taught there. Together with Steve Eulberg, he is the other half of the band, Fiddle Whamdiddle. He is also host & owner of mytalentforge.com which features in-depth fiddle lessons, guitar (and some dulcimer lessons by Steve.)

In 2012 Vi committed to filming video and uploading a Fiddle Tune A Day, which is all available on Youtube and has been gathered together in an audio collection which is available on vithefiddler.com. He is in the process of transcribing all of the tunes as well. You can reach him at vi@vithefiddler.com. Click here to see Vi's introductory video.

Boil Them Cabbage Down, Part 1
This simple tune is often used in old-time music circles to introduce the fiddle and dulcimer to beginners. The PDFs include tablature for mountain and hammered dulcimer players as well.
Boil Them Cabbage Down, Part 2 for Advanced Fiddlers
This version has riffs, slides, and a double shuffle to mix things up. Vi says that you shouldn't try to play the tune exactly as he does, note for note. Just have fun with it, and make the arragement your own.
Peek-A-Boo Waltz
The Peek-a-boo Waltz is attributed to William J Scanlan (1856-1898), an Irish American from Springfield, MA, and has become a staple in the repertories of many Canadian fiddlers during the last century. Vi emphasizes that this should have a waltz feel with a 1-2-3 danceable beat, and the odd measures should have a little bit stronger downbeat than the even measures.
Sandy Boys
This tune goes back at least to the 1840's. The story goes that one of the Sandy Boys fell in love with the daughter of a logging baron and was too shy to court her himself so he got one of his friends to do it for him - dressed up as a bugaboo (a bugaboo is a black dialect word for a ghost). I wonder how the girl responded to that!
Spider Bit the Baby
This is an old-time, breakdown fiddle tune in C Major. The tune features a slide up to an E with the 4th finger, making a sound kind of like a baby howling, which is always fun.
Versuvienne
Versuvienne is a slow, graceful dance in ¾ time with an accented downbeat in alternate measures. It combines elements of the waltz, mazurka, and polka. The dance originated around 1850 in Warsaw, Poland, but American cowboys also sang this tune and they called it "Put Your Little Foot."



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