The Fun Way to Learn the Fiddle
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Jason, you are a fine friendly face among so many on line teacher folk. I will be returning often.
Best tutorial! Haven't picked up a violin or cello in 30 years but you made it ridiculously easy to learn to play this. Other videos people made were so much harder to follow. Keep it up! I can't wait to learn more!
Thank you for another excellent lesson! I appreciate your clarity, attention to
detail, patience and kindness.
FiddleHed is an online fiddle course designed with the beginner in mind.
- FiddleHed teaches through carefully designed, step-by-step lessons in a progressive course. We understand the physical, emotional and practical challenges of learning an instrument.
- FiddleHed is focused on making learning fun and productive so that you will continue your fiddle journey.
- There’s a big emphasis on training students to use good practice techniques like micro-practice (learning in small steps), looping and playing with drones. The goal is to get students to naturally and joyfully play every day.
- Your teacher Jason has been teaching private and group fiddle lessons for over twenty-three years and has posted over seven hundred free video lessons to Youtube.
- Slowly learn tunes and scales note by note, phrase by phrase so that you are sure to succeed.
- In-video diagrams for left-hand fingering.
- Practice tips and strategies integrated with lessons.
Tunes and techniques are broken down and taught in a simple manner with “Learning Chunks.”
Take a look at how the first quarter of Kerry Polka is broken down:
A part, first bar: A1-D0-1-0
First quarter: A1-D0-1-0-A1-D0-1-0
Since the first and second bars are the same, you just need to practice the play-along track for the first bar 🙂
As you learn each little piece, you gain confidence and forward momentum on your fiddle journey.
This helps you to practice difficult sections. It also teaches you how to practice more effectively as well as how to learn tunes on your own. With this system, students develop the good habits of deliberate practice and focus.
Another innovation tool taught in the course is drone practice. A drone is a hypnotic, repeating tone which you can use to practice:
- Playing better in tune
- Adding variation to tunes
The tabs tell you where to place your left hand fingers. They are color-coded so you can you recognize repeating patterns. This helps you to learn tunes more easily and quickly.
There is sheet music for students who already know how to read. And if you want to learn how to read music, stay tuned! We are working on a music-reading course for fiddlers.
- When you learn new techniques, you will also learn tunes specifically picked to help you practice that particular technique.
- Techniques are practiced in successive modules with progressively more challenging exercises so that you continue to build on basic skills.
- Flexible design allows students to have a choice of what tunes they learn within each module.