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.

Learning Chunks™

A part, first half




First half: D0-0-A0-0 | A1-1-0

One of the most powerful practices you can to as a fiddler is to sing what you play. Sing “Twinkle twinkle little star”, then play it on the fiddle. Keep alternating in this way.

A part, second half

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B part

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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. 

A part

First half: D0-0-A0-0-1-1-0

Second half: D3-3-2-2-1-1-0

B part

First half: A0-0-D3-3-2-2-1

Second half: A0-0-D3-3-2-2-1

Full mix

Low fiddle mix

Sheet music

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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. 

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6 responses to “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

  1. Hi Jason – I am maybe an advanced beginner and now sticking with easy tunes as I do some of the note reading course. Question – on the sheet music, why are there letters over notes that are not actually the note letters? For example in the second bar of Twinkle there is a G over the note that is an E and a D over the note that is an A. Next bar the D is over the F and an A is over an F. So confusing!

    1. These letters are for guitar and piano chords in case anyone would like to play along! Sorry for the confusion, there is a small note in the description, but we can enlarge that! Thanks for the heads up, and keep practicing!