For the fastest response with subscription and site usage questions, see the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

Otherwise, email us here for customer support.


 

For the fastest response with fiddle and practice questions, visit the micro-lessons page. If you don’t find an answer there, email Jason. Thanks in advance for your patience.


See this page for video tutorials on how to best use the site: How to Use FiddleHed.

Looking to buy a fiddle or accessories? See the Recommended Gear page.


Frequently Asked Questions

 

Subscription questions

Here are some common questions and solutions that will help you to get back to fiddling ASAP.

 

Premium Subscription – monthly

If you are an absolute beginner, and you just want to try out fiddling, I recommend a premium monthly subscription.

This will give you full access to the main course (modules 1.1-2.9).

Sign up for the Premium Monthly Subscription


Premium Subscription – yearly

If you’re a beginner and sure you want to dive into lessons, this is the best option. It’s cheaper than the monthly subscription ($19/mo instead of $25/mo, so about 24% off). It also includes the FiddleHed Tune e-Book:

Sign up for the Premium Yearly Subscription


Ultimate subscription

This yearly subscription includes everything in the Premium Yearly subscription but also includes access to other lessons and content:

  • Art of Fiddling
    • This is a collection of more advanced exercises that prepare students for adding variation, improvising, playing chord backup and playing with others.
  • Irish Fiddle Journeys
    • See description below.
  • Appalachian Fiddle
    • Adding variation and feel to Appalachian style fiddling.
  • Improvisation (coming late September 2020)

This is the best option for continuing fiddlers who want a wide range of lessons on everything from technique, tune lessons in multiple styles and fun practice lessons.

Sign up for the Ultimate Subscription


Irish Fiddle Journeys Course

This course is a stand-alone course for people who want to focus on Irish fiddling. It’s a deep dive on how to add left-hand and bowing variation to tunes. In addition to learning specific techniques, you learn how to practice creatively, and how to bring expression to your playing.

If you buy this course, you get lifetime access. However, this does not include access to the rest of the course.

If you are an intermediate fiddler and want to learn other things (advanced techniques, other styles like old-time variations, improvisation) then you might just want to get an Ultimate yearly subscription, mentioned above.

Sign up for the Irish Fiddle Variation Course


Long-winded answer! Does that make sense? Let me know in a comment below if you have more questions.

If you were charged for a subscription you don’t want, or are not satisfied with the FiddleHed course, please email us and we will refund your payment.

Our policy is simple. We don’t want anyone to pay for this if they don’t want it.

Thanks!

Change subscription plan

If you’d like to change your subscription, here are the steps you take:

  1. Go to the Subscriptions page.
  2. On the right-hand column, select “Change Plan”.
  3. Select the plan you want.
  4. When taken to that page, click the “Select Plan” button. You’ll be taken to a page where you can purchase that subscription.

Cancel subscription

If you’d like to cancel your subscription, here are the steps you take:

  1. Go to the Subscriptions page.
  2. On the right-hand column, select “Change Plan”.
  3. Select “Trial Membership”.
  4. When taken to that page, click the “Select Plan” button.

If you have questions or problems, email me any time and I’ll find a way to resolve the issue. If you ever pay for something you don’t want, I’ll refund the money, no questions asked.

  1. Click the red button with your username to go to your account page.
  2. Click the “Subscriptions” tab.
  3. Find the row for your current paid subscription. On the left-hand side, click “Update.”
  4. You will be sent to a page where you can update your credit card info.

  1. Click the red button with your username to go to your account page.
  2. Scroll down the page and click “Change password.”

Please don’t hesitate to email us with the form above if you don’t see your question answered.


Site usage questions

Here are some common questions about how the site works. You can also consult this tutorial: How to Use FiddleHed

 

The FiddleHed course is designed to be self-paced. 

Some folks are absolute beginners and need more time. Others who have previous experience learning music may find they need less time. Generally speaking, most students tend to rush, both in how fast they play new tunes as well as how fast they move through the course. I wrote an article about this: The Ultimate Beginner Pitfall.

That said, I suggest you spend about three weeks learning and practicing the lessons in each module. There are nineteen modules in the main course (Beginner: 1.1-1.9, Intermediate 2.1-2.9). Here’s a suggested weekly practice plan from module 1.3:

 

 

The idea is not to hold you back but to help you get established in good practice and the technique fundamentals. If you do this, then you ultimately will be able to learn more quickly and will enjoy your fiddle journey more.

 

Good question!

If you’re an absolute beginner, then just start with Start Fiddling Now (Module 1.1).

In this text, I’ll give you a rough breakdown of the skills and techniques learned in each part of the course. If you’ve already started to learn, you may have to do a little trial-and-error to find the best starting point. As usual, I suggest erring on the side of starting with more “beginner” lessons. The word “beginner” is in quotes because you can always approach learning as a beginner.

Modules 1.1 through 1.5.

At each step of the way you’ll learn tunes that help you practice the specific techniques you’re working on:

  • The first, second and third left-hand finger positions for the G, D, A, and E strings.
  • How to play in tune using drones.
  • Ear training with call-and-response exercises
  • Tone-building exercises
  • Intervals
  • Transposing tunes to other strings
  • Pentatonic Scales
  • How to practice
    • Maybe the most important thing you’ll learn from FiddleHed

Modules 1.6 through 1.10:

  • The slur
    • This is bowing more than one note per bow. You’ll practice different slur patterns in each module: slur two, slur three, slur four, slur two-separate two.
  • Singing and playing
  • Pedal exercises
    • This is a progressive series of left-hand exercises.
  • Low second finger
  • D, E and A Dorian scales
  • The upper octave of the G Major scale and C Major scale
  • Transposing tunes to other octaves
  • Triads

Modules 2.1 through 2.4

Moving on to the Intermediate course. These are the big things you’ll learn:

  • Fourth finger (pinky)
  • Advanced fingering and string crossing
  • Double stops (playing two strings at once)
  • Simple chords
  • Low first finger
  • F Major scale

Modules 2.5 through 2.9:

  • Low fourth finger
  • B flat Major, Upper Octave
  • Chord progressions and comping
  • Double stop scales
  • Minor triads
  • Raised Third Finger
  • A Major Scale, Lower Octave
  • Chromatic Scale
  • Syncopation
  • How to Build Chords

For a more detailed breakdown, view the Beginner and the Intermediate course pages. And for an even more detailed breakdown, view the individual module pages. For example, on the 1.2 Lingering with Fingering page, you’ll see a listing of core lessons and practice. This can help you to figure out if you need to take these lessons.

 

You may want to download content if you are going to go somewhere without internet access. Or you might want to download audio to your phone so you can easily listen in the car.

Watch this instructional video and/or read text instructions below.



Download audio

To download audio, R

  1. Right-click on the red arrow to the left of any audio track. It will turn green when the cursor hovers over it.
  2. You should see a pop-up menu. Click on “Download linked file”.
  3. The audio will be found in your downloads folder.


Download sheet music

To download sheet music:

  1. Scroll down the page until you see the full sheet music.
  2. Click the PDF link below that.
  3. Select the download button to the right.
  4. Find the downloaded sheet music in your downloads folder.
  5. Return to fiddling!


Download videos

Right now, only newer videos have a download link.

 

I’m going to show you how to upload video to the website. You’ll be able to add video as a comment or to the forum.

Why do I want to do this?

Uploading video other people, including me, to support you in your fiddle journey. We can help each other by sharing challenges, asking questions and cheerleading. It’s part of my efforts to create a community of fiddle students.

What are the main steps?

In order to upload video, you’ll need to do the following main steps. I’ll go into more specific detail for each step below.

  1. Create a Youtube channel.
  2. Upload video to Youtube.
  3. Create an embed link in Youtube, then post it to a comment or forum on FiddleHed.

I will do my best to explain this with screen videos and text. But if something does not make sense or work, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.


How to create a Youtube channel

  1. Sign in to YouTube on a computer or using the mobile site.
  2. Try any action that requires a channel, such as uploading a video, posting a comment, or creating a playlist.
  3. If you don’t yet have a channel, you’ll see a prompt to create a channel.
  4. Check the details (with your Google Account name and photo) and confirm to create your new channel.

How to upload a video to Youtube

  1. Sign in to YouTube and your desired channel.
  2. Tap the camera at the top of the home page.
  3. Record a new video or select an existing one to upload.
    • To record a new video: Tap the video camera icon and begin recording.
    • To select an existing video: Use the gallery to select your video.
  4. Apply optional enhancements to your video and tap Next.
  5. Adjust your video’s title, description, and privacy settings. You can have a title up to 100 characters and a description up to 5,000 characters.
  6. Tap Upload.

How to post a YouTube video to FiddleHed

 

The essential steps:

  1. Go to the video on your Youtube channel.
  2. Click the “share” button, which is below the video on the right.
  3. Click the “Embed” button all the way to the left.
  4. Click “Copy” on the lower right-hand corner. This copies all that crazy code.
  5. Go to the FiddleHed page where you want to share the video, and paste the code in the comments field.
  6. You can also paste it in a forum. I started a forum called Share video of your fiddling! 

Note: The embed code will look different than the standard sharing Youtube link:

Embed code: <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/2kZASM8OX7s” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen></iframe>

Normal Youtube sharing link: https://youtu.be/2kZASM8OX7s


If you get stuck at any point in the process, just email us. Thanks!

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!