FiddleHed

The Fun Way to Learn the Fiddle

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Can you practice for at least two minutes a day?

I know it sounds crazy, but if you can commit to this, I think you’ll succeed.

The most important goal for any beginner is to just establish a consistent practice habit. Practice tips, strategies and routines are built into the FiddleHed method.

A core part of my fiddlosophy is that I try to create a fun experience for students. Instead of saying, “I really should practice today,” you’ll be saying, “I can’t wait to practice today!”

“I just can’t get a good sound!”

There’s a lot of stuff to remember: posture, tuning, bowing well, remembering the music, fingering correctly. It’s overwhelming. 🤯

For that reason, tunes and techniques are broken down and taught in a simple manner with “Learning Chunks.” With this powerful practice strategy, you learn in a step-by-step manner so that you are sure to succeed. 🕺🏾

Take a look at the learning journey for the first quarter of Kerry Polka. Notice how you start with two-note exercises called intervals. Then you play a four-note piece. Finally, you play the whole first quarter. You’ll learning to continuously loop on small sections of tunes until you master them. 🤩

Intervals 

D0-1

(Press the play button to check out the practice loops)

A1-D0

A part, first bar: A1-D0-1-0

First quarter: A1-D0-1-0-A1-D0-1-0

Learn to make the hard stuff easy

You’ll learn to break down super-hard things, into more manageable learning tasks.

Some of the other practice strategies you’ll learn are looping, call-and-response, audiation (hearing music in your head) and drone practice.

The uniqueness of the FiddleHed method has helped thousands of students to learn the fiddle, and it will help you too.

And if you learn and practice this logical method, you’ll be able to apply it to any other music you learn (even other instruments 🪕).

Do you have doubts about whether or not you can be a fiddler?

After over 25 years of teaching fiddle, I understand the emotional challenges of learning the fiddle (I’ve grappled with them myself). It’s not just some touchy-feely thing. It’s a real challenge for almost every student.

I’ve designed the course to help you overcome the emotional challenges that arise. You’ll take small positive steps which will lead to small wins.

A lot of students beat themselves up for not sounding as good as that Mark O’Connor tune that inspired them. I’ll coach you to manage your expectations and keep your focus on getting a good sound.

An amazing thing will happen: if you get a good sound on simple things, you’ll enjoy playing and will want to do it again tomorrow.

It takes a village

A lot of folks overcome the emotional challenge by connecting with other fiddlers in the FiddleHed community.

Group lessons will help you to overcome emotional obstacles because you’ll realize that you’re not alone in your struggles. You’ll learn at an accelerated rate when you take a “practice journey” with other fiddlers.

Let's here from some other folks...

FiddleHed Sue has an a-ha moment…

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When you sign up, I’ll also send you a suggested lesson plan specially tailored to your current skill level and interests. 🎯
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How else will FiddleHed help me to become a fiddler?

In-video finger charts show you how to do the left-hand fingering. This is helpful for students who don’t know how to read sheet music. 

Color-coded tabs tell you where to place your left-hand fingers

They are color-coded so you can recognize repeating patterns. This helps you to learn tunes more easily and quickly. Notice in the tabs below that the first quarter is the same as the third (both are red). What other repeating patterns can you pick out?

Full tabs – Kerry Polka

A part

First quarter: A1-D0-1-0-A1-D0-1-0

Second quarter: D3-A0-1-0-D3-1-0

Third quarter: A1-D0-1-0-A1-D0-1-0

Fourth quarter: D3-A0-1-0-D3-3

B part

First quarter: A1-3-1-1-0-D3-1-0

Second quarter: D3-A0-1-0-D3-1-0

Third quarter: A1-3-1-1-0-D3-1-0

Fourth quarter: D3-A0-1-0-D3-3

Other fiddle and violin methods rely exclusively on sheet music. This excludes people who haven’t already learned to sight-read, creating yet another obstacle.

My mission is to get you making music as soon as possible. Today. To-now!

"OK, but what if I want to learn to read sheet music?"

There is sheet music for students who already know how to read. And if you want to learn note-reading, I’ve created a special Note-Reading For Fiddlers course. This is an optional series of lessons that is integrated into the other lessons on tunes and techniques

I’ve developed a method called “Intuitive Note-reading”. In a nutshell, you listen to a small chunk of music and while looking at a snippet. In this way, your brain naturally learns how to read the notes.

And then read them without note names:

Later, after you’ve started to make friends with the notes, we’ll learn how the rules work. In this way you won’t get bogged down with theory and rules but will be able to read and play the tunes you love.

Step-by-step Course

When you learn new techniques, you will also learn tunes specifically picked to help you practice that particular technique. This integrative approach helps you to learn both the tune and the technique it uses.

Techniques are practiced and reviewed in successive modules with progressively more challenging exercises. In this way, you continue to build on basic skills.

 


Here’s a review of the FiddleHed method:

“Hands down and by far, FiddleHed eclipses all other online fiddle programs. I’ve watched hundreds of videos and even signed up for a few online fiddle courses, but none can compare to Jason and the FiddleHed program. While these other videos and programs may talk about the steps to learning how to play the fiddle, most fall way short of being able to break down the learning process into coherent lessons that truly meet the needs of the beginner.

Not only is Jason an excellent instructor, he has the uncanny knack of being able to climb into the mindset of the beginner, and he uses this ability to fashion clear, deliberate and comprehensive lessons that convey not only the instructional guidance necessary to learn how to play the fiddle, but lessons that meet the emotional and psychological struggles facing new players. And, it is these internal hurdles that can become a roadblock to progress. Being able to teach the mechanical aspects of how to play the fiddle is one thing. Being able to connect to the human psyche and spirit as the student travels along this journey is quite another. It is these two abilities so adeptly combined that make Jason and the FiddleHed program superior.”

-Jim Guinn, Fiddling for Older Folks

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