Student Stories: Fiona Higgins

Here’s a short video of my student Fiona playing, Uisce Faoi Thalamh, a tune she wrote while playing around with triads.

Fiona started learning fiddle as an adult. Now, she plays regularly in beginner Irish sessions and with a group of some of my other students.

I learn a lot from good students. At the beginning of her practice sessions, Fiona plays a few easy tunes as a warm-up. She says, “This makes me feel like I’m a fiddler.” Then she moves on to her current set of tunes and technique that she’s practicing. She organizes her practice with a spreadsheet: Fiona’s Fiddle Spread Sheet.


Fiona is a good example of someone who has found her own way in music. And though she is on her own path, she knows the secret that all musicians know: you have to practice.

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11 responses to “Student Stories: Fiona Higgins

  1. this was great. Thanks Jaso’n and Fiona…it is good to see the benefits of being an older student. For some of us, it is a bit humbling to be a beginner again at something..I love fiona’s approach….stealing! xoxo w

  2. your tune sounds very good Fiona – very inspirational
    you are so lucky being able to have personal tuition with Jason
    I dont yet feel like a fiddler, but I think that after 5 years I have reached the end of the beginning 🙂

  3. I love the statement, “This makes me feel like I’m a fiddler.” I don’t feel like a fiddler very often in practice, but when I do, its powerful! I wasn’t sure of what I was feeling until I saw those words here.

    Thanks for sharing this very organized plan! Its inspiring!