This is a collection of lessons, modules, and mini-courses designed to take your fiddling to the next level. You’ll learn new scales, bowing techniques and practice strategies which will help you to add variation to tunes. You’ll also learn things that prepare you for improvisation, playing chords and more.

 

How To Make Scales Fun

The secret to practice is enjoyment, and the secret to enjoying music more is to practice.

Let’s learn how to make scales SUPER-FUN. Scales are like simple tunes. If you practice adding variation and expression to these, then it will be natural for you to do this on tunes, songs, and whatever you play.

Here are some introductory lessons for this course:

Rhythmic scale variation

Melodic scale variation

Melodic scale variation is the addition of little patterns to scales. This will better your technique, allow you to learn tunes more easily and give you ideas for improvisation. If you practice melodic variation, you’ll start to hear the scale in the tune.

Fiddler's Playground

Here are some tuneful fiddle exercises. The idea is to work on a specific technique, but to do it in a more musical and fun way.

Fiddler’s Playground #1 – String crossing on D Major 

Fiddler’s Playground #2 – String crossing on D Dorian

 

Vibrato

  • Vibrato 1: Overview, Basic Hand Motion, Chromatic Shifting
  • Vibrato 2Micro-sliding into vibrato
  • Vibrato 3: Slow vibrato pulsing
  • Vibrato 4: Applying vibrato to 1st & 2nd fingers in tunes
  • Vibrato 5: Vibrato on third and fourth fingers
  • Vibrato 6: Apply vibrato to 3rd & 4th fingers in tunes

Adding Variation to Tunes

Once people get a little more advanced, they tend to look down on beginner tunes like Mary Had A Little Lamb and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. But these tunes are a golden opportunity to practice more challenging things, like transposition, new fingers, and challenging new techniques like double stops and vibrato.

In the lessons below, you’ll start with a simple melody and embark on a fiddle journey that will unleash your creativity.


Mary Had A Little Lamb series


Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star


Kerry Polka