Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
This is a traditional tutorial on the tune. If you want an extra challenge, learn the tune with the call-and-response lessons below. If you choose the traditional tutorial, you can always take the call-and-response lessons later (for further practice).
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Call-And-Response Lessons
Learn the tune through old-school call-and-response. I’ll play something, then leave you a space to play it back. Use these lessons to learn, improve or review the tune. I encourage you to struggle a bit with learning this by ear before referring to the music.
If you review what you did yesterday you can take another step today.
As usual, start by bowing on open strings with a nice sound.
Triplets G to D
Skedaddle A to D
Tremolo bow A to E
Next, warm up the left hand. Play different rhythms. Pause to listen to the drone note.
D1 with an E drone
D2 with an F# drone
D3 with a G drone
Let’s now practice fingering on the A string. The first finger on the A string is called B:
A1 with a B drone
A part, first half
A part, second half
Full Tabs, Audio & Sheet Music
Try to sing, whistle or hum the melody before you learn it on fiddle. I recommend you learn it with plucking (pizzicato) before using the bow. This tends to make it easier.
Notice that the form of the tune is A/B/A and that the B part is the same exact line played twice. So to do the whole song, we just play the A part, the B part and then the A part again.
First half: D0-0-A0-0-1-1-0
Second half: D3-3-2-2-1-1-0
First half: A0-0-D3-3-2-2-1
Second half: A0-0-D3-3-2-2-1
Low fiddle mix
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Sheet music video
Learn to intuitively read sheet music with this animated video. If you’re an absolute beginner, then I suggest you don’t worry about fo it for the moment.
This is here for continuing students who want to learn about sheet music. It’s part of the Note-Reading For Fiddlers course.
This tune is in the key of D so we can practice it with a D drone. Use the drone to slowly work on each part. Then use the play-along loops to further master each part.
Drone in D
Now, take at least five minutes to practice this on your own. In the next lesson, we’ll learn how to add fiddle variation to this melody.