Musical multi-tasking

In the video above, I explain what you’ll be learning on the fiddle and how to navigate this page. To learn more, take the Fiddlehed Site Tour.

Here’s what you’ll do in this module

Four new tunes:

  • Freres Jacques
  • Fais Do Do
  • When The Saints Go Marching In
  • Hoedown version of Mary Had A Little Lamb

Playing better in tune with tools like drones, electronic tuners and finger tape

Learn to read fiddle tabs

More precise and relaxed left-hand fingering with “Little Lift” practice

Training your ear with the Call-and-response game

Fun and productive practice with drones

Module 1.2 Progress

Core lessons started in Module 1.2:

Core Lessons

Week 1

*Make a video of this tune or another core tune after you learn it. Make a second video 2-3 weeks later to see how it’s improved and what still needs work. Share your progress with the FiddleHed community by posting to the Student Video Exchange.

Week 2

Week 3

Practice Tips

Consistent Practice 📈

After establishing a daily habit of two minutes a day, transition to playing six days a week for at least twenty minutes a day.

Fiddling With Micro-motions

Focus on practicing and refining different motions. Become deeply aware of these motions by fiddling with micro-motions, and you’ll find a sense of physical pleasure in your practice.

Learn more here: Fiddling With Micro-motions

Make you practice fun and productive by using the D Drone. This helps you to play in tune and to play with a relaxed feeling.

Don’t be intimidated by how much there is to learn

Focus on doing one thing well. Do this for even just five minutes and you’ll see results. Each moment of quality practice is a huge success.

Bonus Lessons & Practice

Don’t feel obligated to do these bonus lessons. The tunes complement the core lessons above, so they are a good way to supplement your learning. But it’s more important to do one thing well than lots of mediocre things.

Bonus tunes

Supplemental lessons


When The Saints Go Marching In Workshop

Note-Reading Lessons

Note-reading is not absolutely essential, so these lessons are optional. But if you are interested in learning to read, I will teach it to you in a step-by-step manner as you work through the main course. You can also learn this later on in the Note-Reading For Fiddlers course.

Student Story


One day James was walking down the street with a friend when he saw a violin in a shop window and said “I’ve always wanted to play the fiddle.” That Christmas his friend gave him a fiddle (best gift ever).

James says:

I started playing the fiddle not long after I turned 50. It was always something I wanted to do but somehow I never got around to it. I started on Christmas Day thanks to an awesome present and safe to say nothing has been the same since.
I scoured the internet looking for some way to learn and pretty much instantly found FiddleHed. Jason knows how to teach this amazing instrument in a calm, understanding and relatable way.
I honestly don’t know how I could have made it through the COVID minefield without Jack (my violin) and this course.

Start here: Drone tuning the notes on the D string >>