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.

— James Dexter

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!

— Deneen Kozielski

Thank you for another excellent lesson! I appreciate your clarity, attention to
detail, patience and kindness.

— Cathy Egelston

FiddleHed is an online fiddle course designed with the beginner in mind.

In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.
Shunryu Suzuki


  • FiddleHed makes learning fun and productive so that you will naturally want to play every day.
    • Good practice habits are taught which help you to overcome the physical, emotional and practice challenges that arise.
  • Jason has been teaching fiddle lessons for over twenty-three years and has posted over seven hundred free video lessons to Youtube.

In-video diagrams show you how to do the left-hand fingering:


Learning chunks

Tunes and techniques are broken down and taught in a simple manner with “Learning Chunks.” In this way, you learn in a step-by-step manner so that you are sure to succeed.

Take a look at how the first quarter of Kerry Polka is carefully 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.

Another innovative tool taught in the course is drone practice. A drone is a hypnotic, repeating tone which helps you to:

  • Play better in tune
  • Add variation to tunes
  • Improvise
  • Better enjoy practicing techniques and tunes

What FiddleHed students have to say…

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Each week I post a lesson in this easy, step-by-step “Learning Chunks” format. I give these to trial users for one week. When you sign up, I’ll also send you a mini-course of lessons specially tailored to your current skill level.

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Color-coded tabs

The 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.

Sheet music

There is sheet music for students who already know how to read. And if you are interested in note-reading, the “learning chunks” system is an innovative way to learn.

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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